A History of North Carolina Wine: From Scuppernong to Syrah by Alexia Jones Helsley (History Press trade paper, July 2010, 126 pages, $19.99))
Helsley, author of A Guide to Historic Henderson County, chronicles North Carolina's wine history from explorers' remarks about native grapes--muscadines--through the ups and downs of the wine industry. It is not a tour guide. John Grady, Duplin County pioneer, was the first N.C. casualty in the Revolutionary War. Brinkleyville was the first known center of commercial wine production in the state. In Western North Carolina, George Morton at Valhalla Fruit Farm; and Abner Doubleday's brother Ulysses were pioneers in Polk County. William A.V. Cecil began planting vines in 1971, and sold the first Biltmore Estate wines in 1979. A nice overview.