Appellation America Norton tasting panel set out to understand it's magic
America (Country Appellation)
Born in the USA: America's Norton Grape
The Wild Vine, written by Todd Kliman, detailed the history and untold story of the Norton grape in America. It also peaked interest to assemble a tasting group to review a wide range of Norton wines submitted from accross the United States.
November 7, 2011
There it was, healthy, green, and ready for action; one vine amongst a wreckage of innumerable tries. Where the others had failed, the wild child had flourished. And so begins the history of the Norton grape in America—a grape so inextricably linked to the blood, sweat and tears of our country’s early pioneers, a grape that would save a man’s life, raise a village, and go on to great acclaim in Europe. A grape so unknown, yet with such fierce defenders today, that Appellation America gathered Norton wines from numerous States to see: what is it about the wines that lead to such fervent followers? And what exactly, does Norton taste like?