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The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2015

    Christmas gift

    Christmas gift for husband. He really enjoyed it. An interesting read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012


    He hops in"

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Great book

    I lived in VA for 12 years- where Norton wine was started. I now live in KY and they make some good Nortons here- it's a sfascinating wine and I am one who loves it.. The book was great- a very interesting history to this truly American grape.

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  • Posted June 20, 2010

    Great book, exquisitely written, fascinating story

    What more can I say? I thought this was going to be about wine, it's not. It's a rich and engrossing story of identity, of what it means to be an American, and what it means to BE, period. Also, a story of this nation, of the qualities that characterize us.

    At its heart it is the story of an amazing and colorful woman, a transsexual, and her evolution and determination. It is also the story of an obscure grape that has been around since Jefferson's day. Todd Kliman, the author, introduces us to both and make us care about both, and about the ways they intertwine and connect -- hence, The Wild Vine. All set against American history and cultural history of the past two hundred years. I don't want to give away too much more than this and spoil the reading pleasure.

    One of the most unusual and fascinating books I've ever come across. I finished it on Friday and have been thinking about it ever since.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

    Interesting Read

    Initially, I was not certain where this story was going, but after the first chapter, it kept me intrigued until the end. I am not very knowledgeable about wine, but it kept my interest anyway. It is a good historical overview that is not dry or stilted. The author does a great job weaving pieces of history together to tell the story of the Norton. It makes me want to visit some of the places he mentioned and learn more about the historical figures in the book.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

    Norton wine - here we come

    I was fortunate in getting an ARC (advanced reading copy) of this title. Oh what a read on such an intriguing subject - not just wine, but America's wine. I would have liked to have said ~ "Who knew a grape could generate so much history, so much commerce, so much entrancing narrative, so much splendid writing . . . . . . ," but Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Butler said this first about Todd Kliman's The Wild Vine. To thoroughly comprehend and enjoy this wonderful read, one must have a bulbous wine glass and a bottle of Virginia's Cooper Vineyard Norton and a Missouri Montelle Vineyard Cynthiana to follow the presented geographical narration. Let each bottle breathe for forty minutes before consuming in slow sips (the first sip will snap at you for the grape's inherited malic acid, but the learning process of consuming Norton wine will easily follow on the second and third sips). Today you have 179 wineries in 22 Southeastern and mid-western states to find that perfect Norton to match your tastes. With the reading of this delightful book, your exploration of specific grape varieties will start you on a lifetime of wonderful wine memories. How many history books have you considered a non-stop read? I bet not many, but you have a surprise in this title which can transform you so quickly from the present-to-the-past and back again in so many literary ways. This unique query into the background of today's available truly American Norton grape wine will become a road well traveled.

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    Posted January 22, 2011

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