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November 2008

Dan Aykroyd, well known actor/comedian/musician recently launched his own wine label. Known for his acting in the films Ghost Busters, the Blues Brothers and his stint as a comedian on Saturday Night Live, Aykroyd is a passionate wine lover and collector who has tasted some of the best in the world. Aykroyd joined in a partnership with De Loach Vineyards and its owners the Boisset Family. Together they will release a 2007 vintage Chardonnay and Cabernet from the Sonoma region under the Dan Aykroyd Discovery Series label. According to Aykroyd, a white Burgundy fan, his Chardonnay is a blend of seven vineyards. It will be food friendly, made in the Sonoma style with fresh Russian River- style fruitiness, rich complex aromas and flavors. The Cabernet will have a balance of structure, easy tannins, spice and a distinct flavor from the blending of 5 percent Carmenere from Alexander Valley.
Aykroyd was first introduced to wine in 1979 while filming The Blues Brothers. A member of the movie’s band, the famous Memphis guitarist Steve Cropper turned him on to a bottle of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. He is not the first celebrity to produce a wine label with the likes of Raymond Burr who was part owner of Raymond Burr Vineyards before his death, Francis Ford Coppolla who owns Neibaum Coppola Winery, and Rich Frank of Disney and Hollywood fame to name a few.
Aykroyds first release will be around 12,000 cases with a retail price of $18 to $20 per bottle. The wines should arrive in stores early next year.

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