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Arizona Stronghold Vineyards Announces Big Changes

Eric Glomski Assumes Control at Arizona Stronghold Vineyards

Arizona-stronghold-bottlesArizona Stronghold Vineyards (ASV)has officially confirmed the dissolution of the partnership between co-founders Eric Glomski and Maynard James Keenan.  The two formed their partnership back in 2007 and have both worked hard to build the brand and raise the profile of Arizona wines.  The label has won many awards at wine competitions across the country and was featured heavily (along with Keenan) in the 2010 film “Blood into Wine”.

Under the terms of the agreement Glomski will retain the ASV winery, brand, current inventory and the 160 acre Bonita Springs property.  Keenan will retain full ownership of the 80 acre Arizona Stronghold Vineyard which he has re-named the Al Buhl Memorial Vineyard.  Under the terms of the deal Keenan’s Al Buhl Memorial Vineyard will supply ASV with high quality fruit for the next 5 years.  This vineyard will also be the source of fruit for Keenan’s Merkin label.

Corey Turnbull (right) and Mitch Levy - co conspirators at Burning Tree Cellars

Corey Turnbull (right) and Mitch Levy – co conspirators at Burning Tree Cellars

Arizona Stronghold also announced that Corey Turnbull will be joining the wine making team along with Eric Glomski, Joseph Ranallo and Niles Johnson.  Corey is co-owner of Burning Tree cellars which recently received a 90 point rating from Wine Spectator for their 2010 Colibri Vineyard Syrah.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to rebuild Stronghold and guide it back towards its original, founding mission which was to bring Arizona wines to as many people as possible”  said Glomski in the recent press release.  He also stated:

“I’ve learned a lot in the last ten years about running vineyards and wineries efficiently, and I know that we have a real opportunity to continue making the high quality wines that our customers have grown to expect coming from the ASV label. With improvements made to the way that we manage the business and how our wines are distributed, we’re presented with an opportunity to make our wines available at a more affordable price point, both by the glass and per bottle.”




Keenan splits with Arizona Stronhold

Keenan Arizona Stronghold split

Maynard James Keenan

Maynard James Keenan

Last week the Arizona Republic’s Richard Ruelas broke the news that Maynard James Keenan and Arizona Stronghold had officially parted ways.  According to Ruelas, Keenan will acquire Arizona Stronghold’s southern vineyard and co founder Eric Glomski will keep the Arizona Stronghold brand and Campe Verde winery.


Eric Glomski

Eric Glomski

As for the reasons for the split, neither side is saying much other than there are differences much like there are differences in a band when a band breaks up.  In case you don’t know who Keenan is he’s the lead singer for the Grammy award winning band Tool as well as A Perfect Circle and Puscifer.  Keenan operates two wine labels of his own; Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards.  Both have won multiple awards at the annual Arizona Wine Grower’s Association Awards Banquet.

Eric Glomski is a rock star of sorts in his own right winning 10 awards at the Jefferson Cup in 2011

Hopefully they can sort out their differences and remain friends, because as wine drinkers will attest “Life’s too short to drink crappy wine”

Read Richard Ruelas article HERE


Arizona Winemakers Talk about Terroir

Arizona Winemakers Talk about Terroir

Arizona  winemakers Maynard James Keenan of Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars, Anne Rancone of Lightning Ridge Cellars, Kent Callaghan of Callaghan Vineyards, Rob Hammelman of Sand Reckoner Vineyards, Curt Dunham of Lawrence Dunham vineyards and Cynthia Snapp of Javelina Leap Vineyards all talk about the terroir in Arizona.

The discussion was held at the 2013 Arizona Wine Grower’s Association Festival on the Farm in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Maynard James Keenan on Arizona Wine | part one

Maynard James Keenan on Arizona Wine | part one

Arizona wine maker - Maynard James Keenan

Arizona wine maker – Maynard James Keenan

Caduceus Cellars wine maker Maynard James Keenan and vineyard manager Chris Turner speak about Arizona terrior at the 2013 Arizona Wine Grower’s Asscociation “Festival on the Farm”