Blood into Wine
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Maynard James Keenan, internationally known as the front man for Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, is one of musics most mysterious figures. A multi-million selling artist, little is known about the reclusive rock star who often dresses in costume and rarely gives interviews. In the mid-1990's, on a whim, Keenan left Los Angeles and moved to an Arizona ghost town (population 300). A wine enthusiast, he began to envision a world class wine region on the Verde Valley's craggy slopes and with wine mentor Eric Glomski (former David Bruce winemaker and current owner of the award-winning Page Springs Cellars), Keenan began the long road to bringing credibility and notoriety to Caduceus and Arizona Stronghold Vineyards amidst wine industry prejudice and the harsh Arizona terrain. Blood Into Wine takes viewers into the struggles and triumphs with a unique blend of comedy and master storytelling.
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Eric Glomski, Maynard's partner at the Arizona Stronghold and his wine making mentor is a delightfully informative individual. There are two deleted scenes on this disc where Eric talks in great detail about the bottling process, and taste/smell and it's evolutionary development/importance (the deleted scenes are much longer versions of what appears in the film).
If you like Maynard's endeavors, you'll get something out of watching this. If you're into wine/wine making, you'll definitely get something out of this. If you're into both (like me), then I highly recommend this doc.
It was as inside look at the challenges of small wine makers in Arizona with some twists. I highly recommend the Blu-Ray version to appreciate the Arizona landscape. I can't wait to book a trip to Arizona and drive up to Paige Springs and their other spots.
If you enjoyed the movie "Sideways", I think you would like this.
All that said, if you know of Maynard you know he's an incredible and dark artist, elusive and deep. When participating in his music, the listener catches a glimpse of his soul. He conveys this same emotion while learning about his involvement in the other art of making wine. Though very much a science (most of the local winemakers I know have a background in chemistry), the success of a wine lies in the art. It evokes emotion if it's a good one. It's forgettable if it's mediocre. Just like music. This film does a fantastic job of showing the similarities of music and wine and the deep appreciation of both that Maynard has. He definitely came out of his comfort zone to make this movie, and I think fans of his (and wine for that matter) are lucky that he did.