I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I'm just finding out about Maynard James Keenan's vineyard venture.
Keenan, who is the genius front-man behind rock bands Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, began planting grapes and making wine about six years ago in Arizona and the 2010 documentary "Blood into Wine" delves into the why, when and how of his endeavor.
It's available on the Netflix Instant Stream feature and it's definitely worth a watch if you care at all about wine or are a fan of Keenan's other artistic talents.
Aside from learning a few interesting bits about grape-growing and wine-making, what I love is seeing a funny side of Maynard. His music is pretty dark and intense, so it's refreshing to see what a "normal" person he is. In one of my favorite segments he speaks to how people expect him to be a "dark" person because of his music, but explains how writing music is cathartic for him — it has helped him get through those dark periods and if he felt the same after writing as he did before, it wouldn't have done it's job. "If it doesn't help me, how's it supposed to help you?" (paraphrase)
I'm working on finding out if any local stores carry Maynard's Caduceus wines, but they are available (in a limited capacity) on the website. Take note: You can't have liquor delivered through the mail in Alabama.
For a little extra about Maynard, check out this recent article from The Arizona Republic.
Watch the trailer:
And, just because it's fun, here are videos for my favorite Tool song and favorite APC song, respectively. Enjoy!
Tool "Forty-six and two":
A Perfect Circle "Three Libras":