RECOMMENDED: a movie! The documentary “Blood into Wine,” 2010. 99 minutes.

Definitely quirky, highly informative, funny at times, tries too hard to be funny at other times. Still, definitely worth the time (99 minutes).

The film offers a fairly in-depth look at rock star Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) and his journey into passionate winemaking. His labels: Caduceus, Merkin, AZ Stronghold. With Eric Glomski as mentor (Page Springs Vineyards, formerly winemaker at David Bruce).

Netflix description: “This perceptive documentary tells the unusual tale of Maynard James Keenan, the hard-rocking, eccentric front man of Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer who abruptly left Los Angeles in the mid-1990s to start a world-class vineyard in Arizona. Aided by wine guru Eric Glomski, Maynard tills the unlikely soil of the Verde Valley despite scoffing from wine snobs and rock fans. Will Maynard’s wine, named after his mother, pass the taste test?”

Cameo appearances: James Suckling, Alder Yarrow (, Steve Heimoff. Suckling’s responses to the wines range from sweetly funny to genuinely touching. I’m afraid they made a little bit of fun of Mr. Heimoff.

Cool soundtrack, too.

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