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This article was published 19/3/2009 (3018 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
...who you gonna call? DAN AYKROYD!
Canadian actor-singer-etc. Dan Aykroyd will be hitting town on the 23rd and 24th of this month, and will be popping in to a few Liquor Marts to sign some bottles of the Lakeview Cellars wines that bear his name.
Manitoba's Liquor Marts just brought in the Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz-Cabernet in addition to the Cabernet-Merlot and Chardonnay that were already here. They're quite nice Niagara Peninsula wines for the price.
Aykroyd will be at the Madison Square Liquor Mart Monday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., then at the Grant Park Liquor Mart the same day from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
That night, he'll attend a Hunger for Hope charity event at Stereo nightclub that benefits Winnipeg Harvest. There's got to be someone out there that can convince Elwood Blues to jump on stage ... no?
The next day, he'll be at the cityplace Liquor Mart, signing bottles for the downtown office crew from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Apparently Aykroyd can sit there and sign hundreds and hundreds of bottles if the demand is there. His impending visit got me thinking yet again about wine and celebrities - how so many of them put out their own wines or buy their own wineries.
When I was a kid, it was Ghostbusters lunch boxes and Wayne Gretzky cereal (Pro Stars - loved 'em), so I guess it makes sense that these same superstars continue marketing themselves to the same demographic that now drinks wine.
I was driving around on Sunday and happened to catch CBC Radio's The Inside Track - their guest was Canadian speedskater Jeremy Wotherspoon. I think it goes without saying that speedskaters don't bring in the same kind of coin that pro hockey players or actors do.
What initially caught my attention was that the host asked about his favourite hobbies, to which he replied fly fishing and wine. Then as a follow-up question, fill-in host Teddy Katz asked what Wotherspoon would like to do once he quit speedskating, to which he replied that he'd like to go to school to learn how to make wine (you can check out a podcast of the interview here).
The difference between putting your name on a bottle of wine and actually making it couldn't be more distinct. I'm not saying that superstars buying their own wineries or throwing their picture or name on a label is a bad thing - as long as people keep in mind that these aren't the people picking and crushing the grapes, etc. There are so many people behind a bottle of wine who never get acknowledgment.
Wotherspoon likely won't ever get his image or name on the front of a bottle of wine, but I bet he'll glean far more satisfaction with the product in the bottle.
Having said that, I'll definitely be trying to get a few bottles signed by my second-favourite Ghostbuster.