DEVO Frontman is Whipped by Wine, Wine Spectator

If a wine comes along, Jerry Casale must sip it (PHOTO: Karl Walter/Getty Images)

Gerald “Jerry” Casale is the co-founder and frontman of the cult new wave group Devo, perhaps best known for their hit song “Whip It.” When the Akron, Ohio, native started touring the world with his band in the 1970s, his pursuit of the perfect wine began. Casale immersed himself in tasting wine and visiting vineyards and eventually, when the band took a hiatus, he ended up teaching wine classes for three years. Today, Casale, 62, is back on the road with Devo, currently supporting the band’s ninth studio album, Something for Everybody. On a tour bus headed to Chicago for the Lollapalooza festival, Casale talked about why he loves Burgundy, what he taught his students and why he may go to Napa to make wine.

Wine is half science and craft and half labor of love. It’s a great lifestyle to be a winemaker, because you’re a farmer and artist. When you’re a musician, there are mechanics to it, a history to it, and then there’s the inspiration and creativity that can’t be quantified. It’s an organic, living breathing thing, and so is wine. —Jerry Casale

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~ by Tina Benitez-Eves on September 19, 2010.

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