Elwood Blues. Dr. Raymond Stantz. Louis Winthorpe III. Beldar. Most actors would kill for any one of those roles, but Dan Aykroyd played them all. From his years as a founding cast member of Saturday Night Live, to his iconic movie roles, Dan has few peers when it comes to comedy. His writing skills and gift for impersonation place him among the best of his generation; watch this clip of Dan as Julia Child and you’ll see what I mean. Thirty years later, and “Save the liver!” still gets me every time.

DanAykroyd1Dan’s business savvy has proven to be the equal of his comedic talents. Most people know that Dan is the co-founder of the House of Blues chain. He’s also the Canadian importer and co-distributor of Patron tequila, and the principal owner of Crystal Head Vodka. As if all that isn’t enough, Dan also has a long-standing interest in wine. This love affair began while he was working on SNL and The Blues Brothers, when musician Steve Cropper introduced Dan to Premier Cru Bordeaux and other world-class wines. Dan then immersed himself in the wine world, launching his own brand in Canada in 2007 to rave reviews. In 2008 Dan partnered with Sonoma County’s DeLoach Vineyards to create a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay in a style that reflects his passion for entertaining family, friends, and fans.

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On Thursday, October 8th, Dan is hosting an intimate gathering at the Whole Foods on 3rd and Fairfax. Dan will sign bottles of his new Discovery Series California wine, and fans will get to sample the wine. There’s no RSVP necessary, just show up and enjoy! All the info is below, as well as the details on a special giveaway after the jump.

Dan Aykroyd Wine Tasting
Thursday, October 8th
4pm to 6pm
Whole Foods Market
6350 W. 3rd St. (at Fairfax)
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Win a bottle of Discovery Series wine, signed by Dan Aykroyd!

(CONTEST IS CLOSED)

Whole Foods Market has graciously donated a bottle of Discovery Series wine, signed by Dan Aykroyd, for one lucky fan to win!

We’re doing a little contest to see who gets the bottle, and it couldn’t be easier to enter (assuming you’re on Twitter, of course). Just retweet the message below, with your favorite Dan Aykroyd movie between the quotes:

RT @ThirstyinLA @WFMLA Dan Aykroyd #DiscoverySeries Wine Tasting 10/8: “MOVIE”

We’ll randomly select a tweet and post the winner here and via Twitter.

Here are a few rules:

  • You must be 21 to enter
  • One entry/tweet per person
  • No purchase necessary*
  • Retweet must be posted by 12pm PST on Thursday, October 8

The winner does not have to be at the event, but the signed bottle must be picked up at Whole Foods by Thursday, October 15. So, you can enter if you’re from out of town, as long as you plan on being in the L.A. area next week.

*Please note, the winner will have to pay 1 cent for the bottle. Don’t ask me, ask the lawyers.

Good luck everyone!

UPDATE 10/8: The contest is now closed! Congratulations to Stephanie Bayer, who was the only entry who picked The Blues Brothers (not that any movie was right or wrong), and even included the classic “We’re on a mission from God” quote in her winning tweet. Thanks to everyone who entered, stay tuned for future giveaways!

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