Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Blood Into Wine

It’s kind of amazing where an interest in wine will take you…

I was in the library the other day and came across a DVD entitled “Blood Into Wine,” a documentary about the Northern Arizona wine industry focusing on Maynard James Keenan and Eric Glomski , who together produce Caduceus wine. Who knew Arizona had wine? It even has a wine trail – the Verde Valley Wine Trail!

If you didn’t know (and many of you might not), Maynard James Keenan (born James Herbert Keenan) is the singer and songwriter of the rock bands Tool and A Perfect Circle with whom he has released five and three studio albums, respectively. In 2003 he created Puscifer as a side project. Since rising to fame, Keenan has been somewhat of a recluse, although he does emerge to support charitable causes and his winemaking endeavors.

Keenan is the current owner of Merkin Vineyards and the associated winery, Caduceus Cellars, and has part ownership of Stronghold Vineyards, all located in Arizona, where he lives.  As the winery began to take off, he began scheduling all records, promoting and touring around the winery's most important weeks shortly after its establishment. From the movie: "The guys know that I've gotta be in Arizona for the harvesting and processing, and then I'll need to be back there again for the bottling. We'll be working our touring schedule around it."

(The caduceus is the staff carried by Hermes in Greek mythology.)

Really fascinating that this part-time recluse and worldwide celebrity (of sorts) has put so much money and energy into this. And in Arizona, of all places. I looked around the Chicago area for a place to buy and try the wine, but to no avail - it appears that there is no distribution in this area.


  1. Interesting combo - singer, songwriter and winemaker:)

    Never knew AZ had vineyards.

  2. NO WINE???!!! WTF?

    forget it. what a huge turnoff.

  3. Don't let anyone tell you this isn't running related. Wine is great for recovery and Tool is great for tempo runs.

  4. Hmmm, looks very interesting.

    You and your wine trails. :)


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