Tuesday, July 22, 2008


So, I just read today that the only blog worth reading on Wine Spectator is done. I’ve been a huge fan of Tool and Maynard James Keenan since their debut ep, “Opiate” was released back in 1992, back when I myself was trying to be the new Layne Staley (late singer of Alice In Chains). I never imagined that I would end up in a business shared by Mr. Keenan, and it not be music. But here we are in 2008, and as I continue in the retail side of things, Maynard has become a serious, up-and-coming winemaker in of all places, Arizona, and has been a contributing wine blogger for Wine Spectator.

But alas, Mr. Keenan (who not only fronts the heavy rock band Tool, but the more melodic rock band A Perfect Circle, his own solo material, and occasionally collaborating with Danny Lohner (ex-Nine Inch Nails)) has caught the wine bug, with his Arizona vineyards, Caduceus (with winemaker Eric Glomski, formerly of David Bruce) and now founding Arizona Stronghold Vineyards. Maynard is a busy guy, shifting his touring schedule around his vineyard schedule, and the WS blog days are now officially done. With the old, stogy wine writers being all that is currently left blogging for WS, Maynard’s passion and zeal will truly be missed.

For you wine-rock fanatics, check out the Arizona Stronghold Vineyards’ blog site at http://azstronghold.blogspot.com/.

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