Favorite Wine Anecdotes–Are YOU “Special Bottle” Worthy?

I have decided to stray, from time to time, from my usual drivel of reviews and commentary about food, wine and hotels, and share what I call “Favorite Wine Anecdotes.” These posts will chronicle some of my more amusing, curious, and sometimes embarrassing, personal experiences with wine over the years. I’m sure some of you have had similar encounters; they tend to repeat themselves in the world of vino. I hope you find these stories entertaining and perhaps educational. They will all be true, but the names will occasionally have to be changed (or avoided altogether) to protect the unsuspecting and innocent. So here we go.

Several years ago I was seeing a woman who loved food and wine. We were obviously a good match. She taught me a lot about cooking and I enthusiastically shared my wine knowledge. One evening we were in her kitchen enjoying a glass of wine while she prepared some hors d’oeuvres. I was asked to grab an ingredient out of the refrigerator and I happily discovered a bottle of Champagne resting on one of the shelves. I commented that it was a great bottle and an excellent vintage. She revealed that someone from work had given it to her, and she was saving this “Special Bottle” for the appropriate occasion. I said something like, “oh, that’s nice” and thought to myself that I had a very good chance of sharing it with her sometime in the future. Every time I visited her home for dinner or to pick her up for a date, I anxiously anticipated the pop of that special cork. The relationship had progressed in almost all other aspects (insert imagination here), but for some reason I was never able to rise to the level of being “Special Bottle” worthy. Eventually, I became vexed about that bottle of Champagne, and we stopped seeing each other for one reason or another. Unfortunately, I had never felt comfortable enough to broach the “Special Bottle” mystery with her (or our common friends). I still do not know if anyone was ever lucky enough to share that bottle with her or whether it remains perched up there in the refrigerator, waiting for the right guy.

In retrospect, I can honestly say that I never took it personally. OK, I took it personally. We all save thatSpecial Bottle” for a unique moment, occasion and/or person, and oftentimes never pull the cork until it’s too late. Eventually, all of us end up on both sides of the “Special Bottle” equation. I have done it, you have done it, SHE DID IT, and unfortunately, it will continue to perplex wine lovers around the world. So, what do you think? Are YOU “Special Bottle” worthy?

~ by Thomas on October 4, 2009.

One Response to “Favorite Wine Anecdotes–Are YOU “Special Bottle” Worthy?”

  1. You just enabled me. Thank you (my wine Haier now will have more space, as well…)

    So true. Great post.

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