Thursday, February 2, 2012

Maynard James Keenan: Tips for Becoming a Wine Aficionado

A few tips on how to best appreciate your sips:

  • Watch your sugar intake
    • “One of the first things that’s going to interfere with anyone trying to appreciate wine is sugar. If you’re really serious about learning about wine, the best way to learn about it is get a couple bottles of the same thing. If you’re a person who drinks a lot of Coca-Cola, or eats candy, or eats a lot of ketchup and mustard, go ahead and have your wine with those foods. Then don’t eat or drink any of that stuff for a week. Just stick to stuff that’s not seasoned. No sugar. Don’t eat sweet stuff for a week. Then have your wine and try to recall your experience before when your palate was completely polluted with the sugar.”
  • Beware of the heat
    • “Think of wine like you would ice cream. If you’re picking up wine from somewhere and you put it in the trunk of your car and watch a movie and expect the wine to be OK when you get back… it’s just not going to be. It’s a vulnerable product. The heat will ruin it. That’s why we don’t ship during the summer. Once it’s left your hands, there’s no way to control how the postal service is gonna get it to you. They’ll just leave it in a truck in the sun in Phoenix overnight. Your wine’s toast.”
  • Know your allergies
    • “If you think you’re allergic to sulfites in wine, but you drink fresh orange juice—then you’re not allergic to sulfites. You’re probably more allergic to histamines or wines that have more wood in them then they should. Really oaky, woody wines. People think they’re reacting to the wine, when they’re really reacting to the wood tannins. Choose a wine that’s not been aged in oak.”
Source: Revolver Mag

Maynard James Keenan (born James Herbert Keenan) is the singer and songwriter of the rock bands Tool and A Perfect Circle with whom he has released five and three studio albums, respectively. In 2003 he created Puscifer as a side project. Since rising to fame, Keenan has been somewhat of a recluse, although he does emerge to support charitable causes and his winemaking endeavors.

Keenan is the current owner of Merkin Vineyards and the associated winery, Caduceus Cellars, and has part ownership of Stronghold Vineyards, all located in Arizona, where he lives. As the winery began to take off, he began scheduling all records, promoting and touring around the winery's most important weeks shortly after its establishment. From the movie "Blood Into Wine": "The guys know that I've gotta be in Arizona for the harvesting and processing, and then I'll need to be back there again for the bottling. We'll be working our touring schedule around it."

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1 comment:

  1. Another rocker connection--very cool. I used to leave a bottle or two out on kitchen counter until I realized they were getting lots of sun each afternoon. Not so good!