“The 2007 Bear is here!” writes Kyle MacLachlan. With these words, the actor and winemaker announces the release of his latest …pursued by bear vintage, which has been bottled for a year and a half and will continue to improve. “One to lay down and keep!”
I understand you have an ongoing wine exchange with [director] David Lynch. Did that begin when you starred in his film Dune?
Kyle MacLachlan: Yes, this would have been in 1983. We’d actually discussed wine the first time we met. At the time of the screen test, David had just learned of Lynch-Bages, and it was fun for him because of the name. So after my first screen test for Dune, David sent me over a bottle of Lynch-Bages. I drank it and, again, my palate still had not really developed at all, but drinking this wine caused me to re-evaluate everything I knew about wine. And I started to collect Lynch-Bages, and I still trade it with David.
Where does the name “Pursued by Bear” come from?
Kyle MacLachlan: We were having dinner one night, my wife and some friends, including Steve Martin, who was saying maybe it should be something to do with acting, and something popped into my head. There’s this wonderful Shakespearean stage direction that I’ve always loved: “Exit, pursued by a bear,” from The Winter’s Tale. It’s whimsical and comes from a place you don’t expect, kind of like how I got involved in wine. I blurted it out and Steve said, “That’s it!” The only problem with it is that I have to say it twice and tell the back-story a lot. (Laughing.)
They made only 400 cases… “Bearly enough for everyone!”
» You can buy the bear here, and by all means, feel free to send me a bottle! 🙂