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Caduceus and Merkin Wine Tastings coming to Sydney and Brisbane

Our buddies over at Sip Wine are having a couple of Caduceus and Merkin Wine Tastings – a free one in Brisbane, and a Masterclass in Sydney costing $35pp.

Here are some details of the Sydney Masterclass on Wednesday the 2nd of December (Facebook Link):

We will be tasting, chatting, laughing and discussing the wines of Maynard James Keenan’s Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards. Whether you know heaps about wine or very little, come and learn and enjoy the wines with some other like minded people. Wednesday 2nd December at 7:30pm across the road from Central Station on the Surry Hills side in the Gaelic Club, this Masterclass will be held in the Loft at the top of the Stairs of the Gaelic Club. 64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills.

Taste Ten Caduceus & Merkin Wines in a Masterclass led by Matt Irwin from Sip Wine. Wednesday 2nd December 7:30pm at The Loft @The Gaelic Club, right across the road from Central Station in Sydney CBD. 64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills. Limited tickets available.
Caduceus & Merkin Vineyards Masterclass Line Up

Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra Blanca 2013
Merkin The Diddler 2013

Merkin Vineyards Shinola 2013
Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra 2013

Merkin Vineyards Tarzan 2013
Caduceus Cellars Sancha 2012

Caduceus Cellars Nagual de la Naga 2012
Caduceus Cellars Oneste 2012

Caduceus Cellars Primer Paso 2012
Caduceus Cellars Anubis 2012

Don’t be too put off by the price. Knowing Matt I expect the servings will be quite generous!

And the Brisbane tasting on Saturday the 5th of December (Facebook Link):

Come down anytime from 1pm – 5pm & taste through 6 different Caduceus & Merkin wines including Caduceus SANCHA 2012, Caduceus ONESTE 2012, Caduceus NAGA 2012, Merkin The Diddler 2013 & Merkin Tarzan 2013 whilst Puscifer & TOOL tunes are pumping. The tasting is free and you can stay around and have a glass of wine or beer at Slingshot after you have tasted the wines.

If things go well, there are plans to hold tastings in other capital cities in 2016, so get behind them!

http://i.imgur.com/0BMrUkn.jpgTaste!

Caduceus Wine selections updated at Sip Wine

For Aussie lovers of Maynard’s Caduceus Wines, local distributor Sip Wine have recently received a new batch. They’re currently available on their website, and at time of writing the selection now includes:

Caduceus Cellars Dos Ladrones 2013: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Malvasia Blanca from Buhl Memorial Vineyard, Cochise County, Southern Arizona. Hand Picked, whole cluster oressed with a part cold ferment in stainless stell, part in puncheon. Maynard’s Tasting Notes : Seductive aromatic jasmine nose. Bright clean flavors with a hint of almond & lime zest. This ageable high elevation desert white is reflective of what AZ truly has to offer.”

Caduceus Cellars Lei Li Rose 2013: 100% Nebbiolo Rose from Southern Arizona. Delicious, fragrant & dry style of Rose that lingers in the mouth screaming for some procuitto and cheese.

Caduceus Cellars Sancha 2012: 97% Tempranillo, 3% Malbec from the Buhl Memorial Vineyard, Cochise County, Southern Arizona. Hand Picked and sorted then aged for 18 months in new and neutral French Oak. Maynard’s Tasting notes ” This full bodied 2012 Sancha balances a rustic savory warmth – with elegant dark, moody red fruits like dried black cherries and hints of leather, cocoa & tobacco….enjoy the smooth, lingering finish of this Rioja style wine.”

Merkin Chupacabra Blanca 2012: Maynard James Keenan’s creation of 26% Sauvignon Blanc, 26% Gewurztraminer, 20% Riesling, 14% Chardonnay, 11% Chenin Blanc, 3% Malvasia Bianca that is Barrel feremented and matured in stainless steel. “This wine just jumps out of the glass with its fresh fruit, bright spice and huge bouquet. The racey acidity and full texture are a delight to sip but it is the aromas that will have you entranced. You will have you nose in the glass all night enjoying this wine as it changes as the bottle is emptied. Matt@Sip Wine ”

Merkin Chupacabra Rosa 2013: A Rose creation of 62% Primitivo & 32% Montepulciano from Luna County in New Mexico.Luna County in New Mexico, USA. Whole bunch pressed, then Barrel fermented and rested in Stainless steel for 9 months TASTING NOTES: Watermelon and cranberry jolly ranchers…. Cherries, fruit punch, and pink roses.

Merkin Chupacabra Red 2013: 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Petite Sirah, 22% Syrah, 3% Malvasia Bianca from Luna County in New Mexico.The wine is more subtle than you would expect with an excellent balance of fruit, acidity, alcohol and tannin. The Chupacabra 2013 is blend from three full bodied grapes, Syrah (Same as Shiraz but grown in USA), Cab Sauv & Petite Sirah plus they throw in a touch the aromatic white Malvasia Bianca. You can taste each of the four different grapes but they are woven together seemlessly to create a delicious and complex red. The end result is greater than the sum of it’s parts. Easily sipped without food or bring it together with BBQ meats, slow cooked meals or char grilled vegetables” Matt@Sip Wine.

You can see the full range of wines and packages on the Sip Wine website here.

We all know it’s expensive, but let’s keep the whining in our glasses, and not in the comments below.

Caduceus Wine at Sip Wines

Arizona Strongholds’ Wine Signings

The Puscifer mailing list has advised us of a new set of wine signings, this time including dates in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.

Arizona Strongholds’ Maynard James Keenan and Eric Glomski will be signing bottles of their various wines at Whole Foods Markets in Northern California next week:
Feb. 17  Fresno, CA  4:30 – 7:30 pm  @ 650 W. Shaw Ave.
Feb. 18  Petaluma, CA  4:30 – 7:30 pm @ 621 E. Washington St. (parking across the street)
Feb. 19  Sacramento, CA  4:30 – 7:30 pm @ 4315 Arden Way
Upcoming dates:
Feb. 26 & 27  Denver, CO 4:30 – 7:30 pm @ 7400 E. Hampden Ave.
Mar. 1  Albuquerque, NM  2:00 – 5:00 pm @ 2103 Carlisle Blvd. NE)
Mar. 23  Plano, TX 4:30 – 7:30 pm @ 2201 Preston Rd.
Mar. 24  Austin, TX 4:30 – 7:30 pm @ 525 N. Lamar Blvd.
Mar. 26  Sugar Land, TX 4:30 – 7:30 pm @ 15900 Southwest Freeway
Mar. 27  San Antonio, TX 4:30 – 7:30 pm @ 255 E. Basse Rd.

Yeehaw!

Maynard on WineLibrary.tv

I’ve only watched the first few minutes of this video (and none of part 2) on Wine Library TV, but it would appear to have an extensive interview with Maynard and Eric in regards to their wine making exploits.  Thanks to Justin for the tip!

Can Maynard James Keenan Put Arizona Wine on the Map?

I found a somewhat interesting article/interview with Maynard and Eric Glomski about their wine making on the Phoenix New Times website.  A pretty interesting read if you like this side of Maynard’s work, though don’t be expecting anything Tool-related.

Puscifer Live Rumour

The Gauntlet has a (very brief) article on Maynard, the Wine Signings and the new Puscifer Store and I picked up this little tidbit:

Responding to rumors of a live incarnation of Puscifer and a possible Las Vegas outing this February, Keenan offered no confirmation but a knowing smile.

Not really much point reading the rest of the article unless you’re a die hard.

Tool Newsletter, Wine Signings

The Augustember edition of the Tool newsletter is now out on Toolband/Army, and as promised it largely talks about Danny & Blair’s recent trip to Maynard’s Vineyard. A somewhat interesting read but don’t expect much Tool insight.

There’s also some more information regarding Maynard’s upcoming Wine Signing Sessions at Whole Foods Markets about the place:

“Vineyard owners Maynard James Keenan and Eric Glomski kick off signings of 2007 Arizona Stronghold “Tazi,” “Mangus,” and “Nachise” beginning Sept. 16 in Pasadena.”

“Cornville, Ariz., Aug. 7 – Arizona Stronghold Vineyard vintners Maynard James Keenan (Caduceus Cellars/Merkin Vineyards owner and front man for Tool and Puscifer) and Eric Glomski (Page Springs Cellars) will host, in conjunction with Whole Foods Market, a series of bottle signings beginning Sept. 16 in Pasadena, Calif. The pair will be signing bottles of the debut 2007ASV releases as well as the 2006 Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra, and a handful of Keenan’s Caduceus wines.”

Dates and locations for the signings are:

September 17 4:30 – 7:30 pm Venice, CA (225 Lincoln Blvd at Rose)
October 21 2- 5 pm Tustin, CA
(Jamboree and Barranca Pkway at the Districtat Tustin Legacy)
22 9 am – 12 pm West Los Angeles, CA (11666 National Blvd. at Barrington)
November 4 4:30 – 7:30 pm Henderson/Las Vegas, NV (100 S. Green Valley Pkwy)
6 2 – 5 pm San Diego, CA (8825 Villa La Jolla Dr. at Nobel)
December 2 9 am – 12 pm Fairfax/Los Angeles, CA (6350 W. 3rd St. at Fairfax)
3 4:30 – 7:30 pm El Segundo, CA (760 S. Sepulveda Blvd. at Rosecrans)
9 4:30 – 7:30 pm Las Vegas, NV (6689 Las Vegas Blvd. S. at Sunset Rd.
in Town Square Las Vegas)
10 4:30 – 7:30 pm Chandler, AZ (2955 W. Ray Rd. at the 101)
11 4:30 – 7:30 pm Scottsdale, AZ 7111 E. Mayo Blvd. at Scottsdale Blvd.
15 4:30 – 7:30 pm Scottsdale, AZ (8688 E. Raintree Dr. at the 101)

About Arizona Stronghold Vineyards

“ASV lies at the eastern edge of Sulfur Springs Valley, in Cochise County (alongside the Wilcox Playa) in a small, unincorporated area known as the Kansas Settlement. The vineyard site is 80 acres with 66 acres currently under vine. Co-owned by Eric Glomski (Page Springs Cellars) and Maynard James Keenan (Caduceus Cellars/Merkin Vineyards), ASV’s mission is to present affordable top quality Arizona wine made by passionate Arizona based winemakers. Keenan says of the vineyard, “One of our many goals here in Arizona is to establish a cornerstone around which locally owned and operated, sustainable and organic industries can thrive.”

Maynard Wine Signings

Maynard and Eric Glomski from Page Spring Cellars will be attending a series of signing events in California, Nevada and Arizona later this year.  The pair will be signing bottles of the debut 2007ASV releases as well as the 2006 Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra, and a handful of Keenan’s Caduceus wines.

The will be held at Whole Foods Markets on the following dates:

September       16      4:30 - 7:30 pm  Pasadena, CA
                17      4:30 - 7:30 pm  Venice, CA
October         21      2- 5 pm         Tustin, CA
                22      9 am - 12 pm    West Los Angeles, CA
November        4       4:30 - 7:30 pm  Henderson, NV
                6       2 - 5 pm        San Diego, CA
December        2       9 am - 12 pm    Fairfax/Los Angeles, CA
                3       4:30 - 7:30 pm  El Segundo, CA
                9       4:30 - 7:30 pm  Las Vegas, NV
                10      4:30 - 7:30 pm  Chandler, AZ
                11      4:30 - 7:30 pm  Scottsdale, AZ
                15      4:30 - 7:30 pm  Scottsdale, AZ

I imagine it’s likely that Tool will be a taboo topic as with previous sessions.


			

Wings Anniversary & and message from Maynard

Posted recently on Toolband/Army and Maynard’s Myspace site:

“Today Marks the 5 year anniversary of Judith Marie’s surrender to a 29
year struggle against time and gravity. Take a moment to count your
blessings. Remind yourself that life is short. (In Judith’s case, long
and painful.) Take a deep breath and allow the petty stuff to
disintegrate into dust and blow away. It’s all gonna work out. Judith’s
last wishes were that her final resting place be near me. So I brought
her ashes to my home in Arizona and spread her across the South East
facing slope so every morning she could watch the sunrise with me. Like
the Phoenix rising from the ashes, her new wings are these estate
vines. And like her, these vines are tenacious, vigorous, stubborn, and
the fruit is sexy and complex. I’m going to name this wine “Nagual del
Judith, Judith’s Cabernet Sauvignon.” Now she gets finally to travel
around the world, meet new and interesting people, and be around lots
and lots of great food. Pure Heaven.” – MJK

Maynard talks about Wine

For those of you interested in Maynard‘s winemaking exploits, Yumasun.com have an article about the recent signings that Maynard held in Arizona. The article talks with Maynard and partner Eric Glomski about the signings, and also about the wine.

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