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In The Wild Vine, James Beard Award-winning writer Todd Kliman tracks a seemingly inconspicuous grape as it travels from the imagination of Virginia physician/horticulturalist Daniel Norborne Norton (1794-1842) down the decades to vineyards north and south as far west as Texas. Dr. Norton's appealing hybrid became not only the official grape of the state of Missouri; it garnered an international wine award in Vienna before being forced underground by Prohibition. Kliman's enthralling narrative shows that the rescue of this American original was accomplished by the efforts of a delightfully motley group of characters, including bootleggers, a former Air Force fighter pilot, and a transsexual vintner. Editor's recommendation.