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When A Good Wine Comes Along, He Must Sip It

Gerald Casale cultivated his love for wine while touring
Tina Benitez
Issue: October 31, 2010

Gerald (Jerry) Casale is the co-founder and frontman of the cult new-wave group DEVO, perhaps best known for its 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, spent three years teaching wine classes. Today, Casale, 62, is back on the road with DEVO, currently supporting the band's ninth studio album, Something for Everybody. From a tour bus headed to Chicago for the Lollapalooza festival, Casale spoke with freelance writer Tina Benitez about why he loves Burgundy, what he taught his students, and why he may go to Napa to make wine.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands October 5, 2010.

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