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Monday, Aug. 3, 2009
Maybe Maynard Keenan is just being prescient. Keenan (lead singer of Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer) writes a song in the mid-90's about Los Angeles sliding into the ocean. At around the same time, according to the trailer for the documentary "Blood into Wine," he has a vision about growing grapes and making wine on an Arizona hillside. A continuation of the same dream? Whatever his motive...
Monday, July 27, 2009
I've had a chance to dig into the mailbag and give some well-deserved recognition to some of the readers who have graciously added their suggestions. Without further adieu Cycles Gladiator 2006 Merlot - When a bartender gives an honest recommendation, listen. Jen C. mentioned this merlot and I decided to give it a swing. Cycles Gladiator was...
Monday, July 20, 2009
Ah, summertime. Fresh vegetables and herbs. All the natural yumminess you'd ever want, right there for the taking at your local farmer's market or in your backyard if you're lucky enough to be able to keep things a'growing. I know that I focus a lot on what to eat with grilled food during seasons like this, but I'm just as likely to want something light...
Monday, July 13, 2009
I was recently asked, "So…Wine Guy…what wines do you usually have just sitting around to drink at home?" Aside from the sheepish little grin I still get when someone calls me "Wine Guy," the question got me thinking. Honestly, there hasn't been much of anything resembling a "house wine" around the Vineyard for quite awhile...
Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Milwaukee Festival Favorite Offers Wine, Cheese, Music and More

On July 14, 1789, violence broke out in France when overtaxed, angry Parisians stormed the Bastille prison. It was a symbolic and bloody start to the French Revolution, a tumultuous conflict of class warfare between the rising bourgeoisie and the established nobility punctuated by the...
Monday, July 6, 2009
One of my favorite sitcoms of all time is Night Court. For some reason, one scene's always stuck in my head. Dan Fielding, the Lothario of all prosecutors (played brilliantly by John Larroquette), finally gets his chance to bed his nemesis, defense attorney Christine Sullivan. Always the…ahem…gentleman, Dan takes Christine out for dinner, orders some bubbly, and the maître d' delivers a classic line...
Monday, June 22, 2009
No…no more talk of mullets and the like, but I was inspired by the Gewurztraminer after I heard of a grape I hadn't experienced: Grüner Veltliner. While this sounds like a German plane, it's a white grape widely grown in Austria. Pronounce it GREW-ner felt-LEE-ner, or just call it, as one wine writer did, "GruVey."
Monday, June 15, 2009
Vine reader Jason M. suggested that I write a column about Vinho Verde, the Portuguese "green wine." What follows is...well, I'm not quite sure -- but I know apologies to Dr. Seuss are in order.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Today @ Whole Foods, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

When he’s not screaming about genitals or censorship with his alternative-metal band Tool, Maynard James Keenan works on a vineyard in Arizona, where he makes his own wine. He’s serious about winemaking, but not above using his own cult celebrity to market his product, so he tours Whole Foods locations around the country to sign bottles and drum up publicity (something he’s been quite successful at, given all the exposure his wine...
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Though Maynard James Keenan is best known as the raging frontman for the alternative metal band Tool, he’s also a professional winemaker who lives on an Arizona vineyard. He’s aware of the novelty. “In some ways, the low expectations work in my favor,” Keenan says.

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