Wine Rocks

Rock stars plus alcohol can add up to a lot of things. But when you add organic grocery stores to the rock and booze equation, the sum must certainly change, right?

Guess we'll find out when Maynard James Keenan makes an appearance at the Whole Foods Market in Plano from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., March 23 where he'll be signing bottles of wine from his 80-Acre Arizona Stronghold Vineyard.

You could write this off as just another rocker's vanity project, but Keenan is an honest-to-goodness vintner. The front man of Tool and A Perfect Circle, along with business partner Eric Glomski (also appearing at Whole Foods) and manager Fabian Grandoli, produces wine from land which formerly operated as Dos Cabezas Vineyard.

Arizona Stronghold Vineyard turns out red wines like Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Tempranillo and Sangiovese, and whites like Viognier and Malvasia Bianca. The first Stronghold wine, TAZI, a white blend, was released in March 2008, and the first two reds (Nachise, a Grenache based Rhone Blend and Mangus a Super Tuscan Sangiovese based blend) were released in Fall 2008.

Alas, while it's exciting to see a rock star at Whole Foods signing bottles, he won't be signing anything else. (We're talking to you, Shirtless Tool Fan!)

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