Kyle MacLachlan: At the intersection of Hollywood and vine

Actor Kyle MacLachlan, with Tracy Smith, sampling the grape juice that will becomes the 2013 vintage of his Washington State wine, Pursued by Bear. 
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(CBS News)  From his role in the TV series "Sex and the City" to his sideline as a winemaker, Kyle MacLachlan pursues his career on two very different tracks. How he balances the two is what Tracy Smith went to find out:

Say the name Kyle MacLachlan, and many people recall the quirky FBI agent in the 1990s TV phenomenon, "Twin Peaks."  ("Damn good coffee! And hot!") Or maybe the cold-fish husband on the monster cable series, "Sex and the City," or the twisted next-door neighbor on "Desperate Housewives."

In movies and TV, MacLachlan is seldom the square-jawed Boy Scout he appears, so it figures that what he does off-screen is just as unexpected: the actor is also a winemaker, on his home turf in Washington's Columbia Valley.

Since 2005, MacLachlan, along with winemaker Eric Dunham, has produced about 400 cases of wine a year.  

It's a hands-on deal. MacLachlan is involved in every step, from sorting the grapes on occasion, to tracking the progress of the aging wine as it ripens in the cask for a few years.

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Actor Kyle MacLachlan, with Tracy Smith, tours the Washington State vineyard from which he produces Pursued by Bear wine.
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It takes a lot of tasting and mixing of different wines to make a perfect cabernet blend. For MacLachlan the process took some getting used to:

"The first time I did this I swallowed," he said. "Oh no! Anyway, so, first pass through when I went to write my notes, I was like, 'I can't really see the paper.' So I learned very quickly, it's better to spit."

The result is this: a wine he calls Pursued by Bear.  He took the name from a stage direction in Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale":  Exit, pursued by a bear. The 2013 vintage, basically still just grape juice, is already showing promise.

Like his wine, MacLachlan's career took a bit of time to mature. Born in central Washington State in 1959, he was the oldest of three boys.  He considered a career in business before he was drawn to acting school at the University of Washington.

He didn't exactly knock 'em dead. "I mean, I was the worst one in the class," he told Smith. "I was horrible.  Oh, man. Talk to my classmates!"