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Published on August 1st, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Pearl Jam’s wine sold out before anyone even heard about it

The fastest way to Eddie Vedder’s heart is to gift him with some wine. When I went to interview him a few years back, I brought along a selection of Ontario Niagara reds. You should have seen his smile. Great interview, too.

Pearl Jam has been known to take cases of custom wines on the road with them, products of some close vineyard-owning friends. So why not have their own wine?

Home X Away wines, a collection created by Mark Ryan Winery and Sleight of Hand Cellars, were created to help raise money for Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation charity. Each of the four bottles in the $150 box featured a skyline representation of cities close to the band’s heart: Seattle (naturally), Missoula (where Jeff Ament went to university; he grew up nearby), Chicago (Eddie’s hometown), and Boston (er, I honestly don’t know. Anyone?).

Great idea–except that it was so popular it sold out within 12 minutes. The good news is that the sale raised $67,000. Read more here.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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