Comedian and actor, Dan Aykroyd first developed a taste for wine while working on the Blues Brothers movie. In 2007, he partnered with Diamond Estates Wine and Spirits http://www.diamondestates.ca/canadian-wines/alphabetical-listing/dan-aykroyd a Canadian alcohol distributors, to launch Dan Aykroyd Wines.
Jeff Gordon, of NASCAR fame, partnered with winemaker Joe Briggs of August Briggs Winery http://www.augustbriggswinery.com in Calistoga, California, to produce his award-winning wines. The first vintage was released in 2005.
Wayne Gretzky Estates http://www.gretzkyestateswines.com offers three lines of wine. The Founders series comprised of Meritage, Merlot, Chardonnay (this wine won a double-gold medal in the 2012 All Canadian Wine Championships,) Riesling, and a Cab/Merlot blend. Founder wines averages between $14 and $16 a bottle. The Estate series is made up of a Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir and a Shiraz Cabernet. The Estate wines run between $16 and $23 per bottle. And in true Canadian style, there is a Shiraz Icewine for $55 for a 375ml.
The wines are available throughout Canada, and may be ordered on line for US residents.
Actor, Fess Parker purchased over 700 acres in the Santa Ynez Valley in 1987. He wanted to establish a vineyard and start a winery there, a place where he, his wife, and their two grown children could work together.
Actors Drew Barrymore, Sam Neil, Emilio Estevez, and Antonio Bandaras, all own commercial wineries.
Musicians have an affinity to be involved in the wine biz too. There’s Sting, Madonna, Fergie, Lil Jon, Dave Matthews, Boz Scaggs, even AC/DC.