Arizona Wine? Who would have thought?

We are all familiar with wine from California, Washington and Oregon, but now the unlikely state of Arizona is enthusiastically producing deliciously distinctive wines for us to get excited about.

Not far from Sedona, Verde Valley Arizona’s wine country is relatively under-discovered. Now is your chance to taste a stunning selection of wine produced from the area’s Arizona Stronghold Vineyards – founded in 2007 by winemakers Eric Glomski and Maynard James Keenan.

See the CBS News video “The Best of American Wine” with Arizona Stronghold in the mix.

Maynard James Keenan

Many of you in Athens may know that Arizona Stronghold appeals to many of the younger-set in part due to Keenan fronting the megasuccessful Tool and A Perfect Circle, bands that redefined heavy alternative rock – and more recently Puscifer.

But the press on Mr. Keenan reveals that he isn’t a musical celebrity who lent his name to a product. Always having had an affinity for growing things, Keenan believes wine is about sustainability, culture, and family and can be seen working in the vineyard.

You can read more about about “The Rocker that Makes Wine” here at the Wall Street Journal.

Eric Glomski

Partnered with Maynard James Keenan is Eric Glomski who cites the fortune
of having learned all things wine in the mid 90’s by working his way up from Cellar Rat to Winemaker at David Bruce Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. There he learned two important lessons: 1) respect for the vineyard – not overmucking the wine and allowing it to do it’s own thing; and 2) respect for listening to other people, rather than just his own myopic view.

It was a sense of connectivity with the earth and his senses that first attracted Glomski to winemaking. Describing his experience with his first solid wine, crafted from heirloom apples, Glomski states in one interview, that “the wine reminded me so strongly of the little field where that apple tree grew that I actually felt like I was there again”. From there he was possessed with winemaking.

You can read An Interview with Eric Glomski, and learn more about Glomski, his winemaking and other fun tidbits.

Blood Into Wine Documentary

Many of you may also remember the screening of “Blood Into Wine” at Cine. The film is a documentary about Glomski and Keenan as they battle th=
e elements and naysayers to make world class wine in the hostile deserts of Arizona.

Be assured, you’ve never seen a winemaking documentary quite like this before. View the trailer at

Join us at The National

So, join us at The National this Wednesday, May 1 for a evening sipping really cool wine, great conversation with the winemaker, and a divine menu
prepared just for this evening.


6:30 pm

View the menu at Chef Peter Dale’s blog .

Of course, all wines are available to purchase at Five Points Bottle Shop.

There is limited seating so please call The National for reservations.

Only $65 per person.

The National

232 W Hancock Ave. | Athens, GA 30601 | phone: 706.549.3450

Five Points Bottle Shop