A song called “Sober” put the heavy art-rock band Tool on the map in 1994, but nowadays, frontman Maynard James Keenan can often be caught under the influence of a wine buzz. A profile of the singer in US Airways Magazine reports:
Keenan’s love affair with wine started more than a decade ago, when he noticed on tour that the band got stuck drinking warm Cokes while their accountants and managers walked around back-stage holding nice glasses ‘with this beautiful red juice in them,’ as Keenan puts it. ‘I wised up and told them I wasn’t going on stage unless I got to have whatever they were drinking,’ he recalls.
Apparently, he got hooked on the so-called “beautiful red juice” when his pal and fellow musician Tori Amos gave him a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from Silver Oak Cellars. After amassing a collection of wines from around the world and discovering that some of his European ancestors were winemakers, Keenan decided to embark on a new side project. He now runs Caduceus Cellars in northern Arizona.
Caduceus wines are available online, and while they’ll probably appeal most to Tool fans, they’ve gotten some decent reviews. One taster on CellarTracker gave the sold-out 2005 Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra a rating of 89/100, writing, “For a novice winemaker, Maynard did good work here. I was more than ready to slap another low/mid 80s badge on this in CT, but this is a better wine than that.”