Richard Kyle and Mary
Richard LaGarde, Kyle MacLachlan, and Mary Ellis LaGarde

Some people would be content to win a Golden Globe award and to star in Dune, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, The Doors, Sex in the City, and Desperate Housewives.  Not Kyle MacLachlan.  He has a goal that goes beyond being a great actor.  He wants to produce the perfect Cabernet Sauvignon and he wants to do it outside of the Napa Valley.  Now that’s a lofty goal.

MacLachlan was in Houston today as a guest of Nate Rose, Fine Wine Buyer at Spec’s.  He shared his latest release, the 2008 “Pursued by Bear” Cabernet blend with a select group of wine lovers at The Reef restaurant this afternoon.

MacLachlan, was born and raised in Yakima, Washington.  His search for a partner in his wine venture led him to Eric Dunham, vintner at Dunham Cellars in Washington’s Columbia Valley.  The name “Pursued by Bear” refers to a stage direction  (“Exit, pursued by a bear…”) in Shakespeare‘s The Winter’s Tale

Mary, Jon, and Nate
Mary Ellis LaGarde from, Jon Davis from Hear Hear wine distribution, and Nate Rose from Spec’s

MacLachlan and Dunham’s first vintage in 2005 received a rating of 91 points from Wine Spectator.  Their latest release, the 2008 vintage, is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 8% Syrah.  It is silky with a vanilla/butterscotch note.  It has moderate tannins with light oak and a hint of walnut.

MacLachlan’s collaboration with Eric Dunham has resulted in a solid performance that brings him one step closer to being an award winner in yet another form of art.