Dan Aykroyd, one of the original stars of Saturday Night Live and who enjoyed movie hits with The Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters franchises, will be in Walnut Creek Friday afternoon. He’ll promoting his new Cone Head (Sorry, Crystal Head) vodka.
If you buy one of these bottles, in the shape of a skull, you can have Aykroyd sign it. A bottle retails for $49.95, which is out of my price range, but it is supposed to be among the purest vodka around, or so Aykroyd would say. “It is quadrupled distilled and filtered three times through charcoal followed by triple filtration over Herkimer crystals,” according to its press materials.
Anyway, since his entertainment career has quieted down, Aykroyd has gone into the wine and spirits business. The Ottawa-born entertainer produces wine made near Niagara Falls, and they Dan Aykroyd Wines are the top-selling celebrity brand in Canada. Hmm, is this a big deal?
First, are Canadian wines any good? Sorry, to sound all California terroir snobby. Second, are there so many other celebrities pitching their wines in Canada? Of course, if Aykroyd is surpassing the Coppolla wine juggernaut, then that’s something of an accomplishment. Also, he has recently begun producing wine in Sonoma County.
Meanwhile, I’m having trouble with the 750-ml. skull-shaped bottle. Not something that would appeal to me; I like my liquor bottles to have that sleek, sophisticated look. A skull-shaped makes me think of something you’d find on a shelf in the bedroom of a Heavy Metal loving frat boy. Aykroyd explains that the Crystal Head brand—and therefore the bottle shape—is inspired the legend that thousands of years ago, thirteen crystal heads were scattered across the earth—artifacts, perhaps, of the lost civilization of Atlantis, or of the Mayans, or of beings of a “higher intelligence.”