Five Questions for Maynard James Keenan

Aidin Vaziri | Maynard James Keenan, best known as the reclusive front man for big-time hard-rock outfits Tool and A Perfect Circle, doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would know the difference between a Riesling and Petite Sirah. But it turns out that the 44-year-old musician, whose latest project is called Puscifer, has secretly been a wine connoisseur this whole time. Now he’s appearing at three Whole Foods Markets in the Bay Area to sign bottles of his Arizona Stronghold Vineyards wine.

Maynard James Keenan: Rocker, winemaker:
Q: So what makes your wines different than a jug of Gallo?
A: We’re in an area that hasn’t been pioneered in winemaking. If you want consistency, go with Gallo. It’s just going to taste like that. We want the wine to taste where it’s from, a particular spot on the earth. That’s the idea behind boutique wine making. This particular way the weather is, the way the soil feels. Every year should taste different.
Q: Don’t you have an image as a satanic weirdo to maintain?
A: Tool is not Slayer. I went to art school. I spent three years in the military. There’s more to me than throwing devil horns. Continue reading.


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