Back in November, a good friend of mine gave me the film Blood into Wine, a documentary about Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) and Eric Glomski and their vineyard and the resulting wine brand, Caduceus. This past weekend, I finally got around to watching it and I’m sorry that it took me so long.
I’m not going to spend hundreds of words writing a review of the film because A) I’m a wine writer, not a film writer, and B) I want you to see the movie, not just rely on my review of it. That being said, there were a few things I wanted to bring up. First of all, it’s great to see that Maynard is truly in love with what he’s doing, and isn’t just investing in a vineyard because he likes wine. He’s on the property doing the work and putting in the sweat-equity.
Second, it’s great to see another wine region outside the state of California. I’m not trying to hate on California – I loved Napa and Sonoma when I was out there in October of 2009 and I look forward to visiting again this year and maybe hitting Russian River Valley as well. That being said, as somebody that lives in Virginia and is constantly dealing with the idea that we’re a wine producing state that isn’t California, it’s nice to see somebody challenging preconceived notions about where wine should and does grow and what quality of wine you can get from it.
There, that’s my review of the film. Go and see it yourself, and if you’ve tasted some of the wines that they’re making there I’d love to hear about it as I can’t order directly from their website (they don’t ship to Virginia right now), and I’ve yet to find a way other than a distributor to get it.