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10/19/2013 1:55:00 PM
Wine tasting room to open in Clarkdale
Historically known as the First National Bank building on Clarkdale’s Main Street will now be the home to Clarkdale’s first wine cooperative.
Historically known as the First National Bank building on Clarkdale’s Main Street will now be the home to Clarkdale’s first wine cooperative.
Maynard Keenan
Maynard Keenan

Yvonne Gonzalez
Staff Reporter

Tool frontman Maynard Keenan is opening a wine cooperative in Clarkdale's former First National Bank.

The cooperative offers young, underfunded winemakers the opportunity to ply their trade without the hundreds of thousands of dollars wineries need to get off the ground.

"Generally speaking, when you're getting into this industry it's a very daunting endeavor financially," Keenan said.

Winemakers apply to be part of the cooperative, and pay per case to make their wine. Patrons can experience the up-and-coming brands in the tasting room. Prices have not yet been set.

Keenan said Clarkdale is a beautiful town, but seems like the missing piece of a puzzle compared to the traffic seen in Jerome and Old Town Cottonwood. The tasting room may help draw people to the businesses in the area.

This cooperative format is fairly new, and there may be some adjustments as they go along, he said.

"If we can pull this off and go through the changes we need to go through, the next obvious step is a similar business in southern Arizona," Keenan said.

Tim White was an assistant winemaker at Arizona Stronghold for six years and just recently left to focus on making his own wine, Iniquus Cellars, as part of Keenan's cooperative.

He is one of five featured cellars when the tasting room opens on Oct. 25.

He said cooperatives are the next evolution in Arizona winemaking.

"There are a lot of up-and-coming winemakers and we all make very different wines," White said. "This is a great way for people to start to see that."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Article comment by: Throw some smart meters on that building.

Let the pulsing radiation infuse the blends. Congratulations Mayor.

Posted: Friday, October 25, 2013
Article comment by: Doug Von Gausig

Clarkdale is happy and proud to have Four Eight Wineworks on our Main Street! Try their big red flight! There are some incredible wines in here, and the room is just beautiful! Congratulations Maynard!

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