Todd Kliman’s “The Wild Vine” is a new non-fiction book about an obscure American wine grape.
It starts off like a good detective story (Who Killed the Norton?), becomes intriguing, eventually compelling, and by the end my heart was racing with its connection of American history, social construct, perseverance, transformation, love, and death.
I am still shaking a bit from reading it.
Like the best of books, it made me think of greater things than its subject matter. As if watching a storm blow in, I thought of howling…. other than the wind’s howling.
Highly recommended. For a wine lover, required reading.
Has anyone ever heard of the Norton? It is still produced. The book talks about Horton Vineyards as well as Chrysalis, both in Virginia.