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Friday, September 22, 2006

From Blues Brother to Icewine Maker: Dan Aykroyd Launches Ontario Dessert Wine

Dan Aykroyd, the Canadian actor who exploded on the scene in the late 1970s as part of the Saturday Night Live cast and went on to make box office hits such as The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters and Tommy Boy, is now launching a line of wines under his name from Diamond Estates Wine & Spirits. Aykroyd made a $1 million investment in the company last year.

Aykroyd appeared this week at the Niagara Wine Festival to make the announcement. Two different Aykroyd labels will be made at Lakeview Cellars, a Signature Reserve series of super premium wines and a Discovery Series of mid-priced wines. The first wine to be released next year, Dan Aykroyd Signature Reserve VQA Vidal Icewine 2005 is being aged in French oak barrels.

The Niagara Peninsula is recognized as one of the world's best locations for making icewine, a hard to make style that requires vintners to leave grapes on the vine after the normal harvest and wait for freezing temperatures before picking. The result is an intense, sweet wine that is perfect after a great meal.

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