Kyle MacLachlan on David Lynch history, looking back on Blue Velvet and the wonder of wine

By Alex Biese, Asbury Park Press
June 26, 2019

… MacLachlan has also stayed incredibly busy away from the cameras.

For nearly 15 years, MacLachlan has been actively involved in the world of fine wine. MacLachlan is the owner of Pursued by Bear, wines in his home state of Washington.

They currently offer their titular 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, a 2015 Baby Bear Syrah and a 2018 Blushing Bear Rose.

“What started as a hobby and something kind of fun grew into something bigger and I still really, really like it, (I’m) having a lot of fun with it,” MacLachlan said. “It’s something completely different than the world of acting and takes me to another place and realm and has other concerns and worries and people. But it is nice to have kind of a small business bopping along, something that you can oversee and engage with people who are working with you. I do like it.”

His appearances in promotion of the brand at liquor stores and wine shops allow him to use his celebrity profile to introduce new folks to the wonders of the wine world.

Desiree Gruber and Kyle MacLachlan arrive at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Jan 28, 2018.

“Most people that I come in contact with in that way are not big wine drinkers or know that much about wine, and so this is sort of their intro into it,” he said. “And it’s also nice to meet them. They come with their ‘Twin Peaks’ outfits and items and those kinds of things and they also get a little bit of something that’s from the outside, which is a bottle of wine or something like that if they’re interested, so it’s nice to share.

“It’s a great community. The ‘Twin Peaks’ community is a really, really — they’re intense fans and they really love the show and they love the characters and they love David and they love the energy and the world that David creates. They like imagining that this world is happening, you know? And living in that world they feel comfortable there, I think.”

Kyle MacLachlan is also the owner of Pursued by Bear wines based out of his home state of Washington.

“Twin Peaks: The Return” even allowed MacLachlan to return to that world himself, continuing a working relationship and friendship that had begun decades prior on “Dune,” then blossomed with “Blue Velvet.”

“With all of this time you have two people that have just grown and matured and developed and gotten a lot of miles under their belt, and what it did is it just made the experience richer and my appreciation for him and I think vice-versa had deepened. It was just like a complete, immersive experience,” MacLachlan said. “I remember getting up every morning and going to work, sometimes crazy places in early hours, and never once going, ‘Oh, I’ve got to go to work.’

“Every morning it was like, ‘I can’t wait to get there. I can’t wait to work with David. I can’t wait to work through this character because we’re going to make something really special,’ and that was every day that I went to work. And I was conscious of it in the moment. I wasn’t afterwards going, ‘Oh, I wish I would have enjoyed it.’ I was like, ‘No, I’m enjoying every single moment, every single day.’ It was a conscious effort to do that.”

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