January 30, 2009
Maynard James Keenan and his wines coming to Sacramento

Some of you "Appetizers" faithful might remember my stint as the Bee's pop music critic, so here's an event that has me stoked on a couple of levels. Maynard James Keenan, lead singer for the heavyweight hard rock band Tool, is coming to Whole Foods (4315 Arden Way) on Feb. 19 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. When Keenan isn't making mosh pits go buckwild with Tool, he's the vintner behind Arizona Stronghold Vintners and the founder of Caduceus Cellars/Merkin Vineyards. Keenan's wines have traditionally been hard to find in Sacramento, but Whole Foods now carries them with prices ranging from $24.99 to a rock star-ish $109.

But to get a glimpse of Keenan, you first have to buy one of his wines. He won't sign anything but wine bottles at this event, so leave that copy of "Undertow" at home.

Stay tuned for our interview with Keenan, where we can all find out more about the terroir of Arizona's Kansas Settlement and why wine strikes such a big chord in him.

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