When I read about  a contest the Wine Whore Blog was running to talk about the bottle of wine that changed my life, I had to participate.  Mine was literally changed by one sip of a Stag’s Leap Cask 23 and I wrote about it in my monthly neighborhood column in Black, White and Read.  I remember being overwhelmed by the moment – absolutely astonished that the wines I had been drinking tasted so different.  Later I was overwhelmed by the price of purchase as I prayed my credit card would go through (I was young).  Several days later, I had to use all of my marketing skills to convince my husband that paying that much for a special bottle was worth it.  And, several months later on our anniversary, I was validated as I saw he enjoyed it as much as I did.

Fast forward 15 years later and I’m still looking for the second bottle that will take me to that same place.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had the chance to taste some fantastic wines including many bottles of that same Stags Leap wine and we have several hundred bottles in our cellar (Eurocaves) to choose from, but none that have made the angels sing and stars align again. 

And, judging from how many folks voted on my story – I won with 92 percent of the vote – I suspect that you all have been transformed by one sip.  What is that wine and what is your story?