When Queensrÿche’s Geoff Tate plays Body English later this month, he may do so fueled by an unlikely sort of liquid courage. I mean, how many rockers do you know who tip back a dry cab or a fruit-forward white blend before a solo progressive-metal set? But Tate’s in good company. With the 2008 launch of his Insania red blend, Tate joined fellow oenophilic rockers such as Bad Company bassist Paul Cullen, AC/DC, Train, KISS and Maynard James Keenan of Tool. (The fruit from Keenan’s Caduceus Winery hails from his own, ahem, Merkin Vineyards. Google “merkin”—that is so rawk!)
Tate’s Insania wines—produced by Walla Walla, Wash.’s Three Rivers Winery—include a 2009 red Bordeaux-style blend ($35 at ThreeRiversWinery.com) and a 2010 semillon/sauvignon blanc blend ($25). Enjoy a complimentary sample on your way into the April 27 show, and if it rocks your world, the Hard Rock will have bottles on hand for purchase and for Tate to autograph.