Annual Meeting

The Wild Vine
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October 18, 2014


10 a.m.Silent Auction and Wine Raffle Opens
11 a.m.Business Meeting and Annual Report
12 p.m.Luncheon
1 p.m.Program - Open to the Public

The Broadway Columbia, a Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
1111 East Broadway
Columbia, Missouri
(573) 875-7000 | f (573) 875-7007

A block of rooms is available, contact the hotel for details.

Annual Meeting Speaker to Explore Missouri's 'Ignoble Grape'

Join the State Historical Society of Missouri on Saturday, October 18, at the Broadway Columbia, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, for the 2014 annual meeting. Featured speaker Todd Kliman will present "The Ignoble Grape: The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of the Outsider Norton" at the noon luncheon. The Norton is Missouri's state grape, which rose to international prominence when a wine from Hermann won a gold medal at the world's fair in Vienna in 1873. A hybrid developed from native stock to withstand North American climates, the Norton was cultivated by Missouri winemakers to produce a full-bodied wine that pleased European connoisseurs. It is the cornerstone of Missouri's wine-making tradition.

About Todd Kliman

Kliman is the food and wine editor and restaurant critic at the Washingtonian. His work was recently nominated for a 2014 James Beard Foundation Award; he won the award previously in 2005 for his column in the Washington City Paper. An accomplished author, his writing has also been featured in the New Yorker, Harper's, Men's Health, National Geographic Traveler, Washington Post Magazine, and the Best Food Writing anthologies. Kliman also blogs on food and popular culture for