What Wine Changed Your Life?: A Brief Exercise from the 2015 Symposium for Wine Writers

Hi everyone!  In case you’re wondering why there haven’t been any new posts so far this week, it is because I am currently at the 2015 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers thanks to a generous scholarship sponsored by the Robert Mondavi Winery.  THANK YOU!

This week I have been and will continue to be very busy networking and learning as much as I can about improving my wine writing and learning about all the different opportunities there are available for wine

View from atop Seavey Vineyard. Photo copyright RYeamans-Irwin 2015.

View from atop Seavey Vineyard. Photo copyright RYeamans-Irwin 2015.

writers today.  I have learned a lot so far, and am looking forward to seeing what the remainder of the week will bring.

I wanted to take the time to share with you a little exercise we had during one of the sessions at the Symposium.

We were asked to take exactly 5 minutes to write about what wine changed our life.  Instead of posting an in-depth scientific piece this week, I figured I would share that super-quickly written story.  This just flew off the top of my head and there are no edits (frankly because they keep us so busy I don’t really have the time).

Enjoy!  Or not!  😉


I have a big problem with writing about a particular wine that changed my life, because that wine does not exist. No one wine can ever stand out on top of another to be the “best of the best”.

For me, it’s the experience. It’s the whole package.

It’s the joy of enjoying a glass or two or seven with a dear friend while watching Antiques Roadshow and knitting scarves for our cold Bostonian necks.

It’s imagining the hard work that went into picking the grapes that made up that wine and how maybe later that evening one worker went home to his loving wife and his laughing children who at the sight of their father attached themselves to his legs with all their might in a playful embrace.

It’s the magic I felt inside as the wine flowed through my veins that culminated in that knock-you-off-your-feet kiss under the stars.

It’s knowing that wine is intertwined with everything in our lives, and how it is an organic part of our being regardless of what name is written on the label.

It’s imagining all that I can’t possibly imagine.

There is no one wine that changed my life.

Wine changed my life.

3 comments for “What Wine Changed Your Life?: A Brief Exercise from the 2015 Symposium for Wine Writers

  1. February 19, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I can easily answer this question.

    It was my first trip to Napa, back in the late 70s, when I visited Heitz Cellars and tasted the 1974 Martha’s Vineyard Cab. That was an impossible high bar that I’ve been chasing ever since.

  2. February 19, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    I really like the statement that no one wine changed your life but that wine changed your life. Over the years I’ve tried to identify the wine that really transformed the way I drink wine and although I think I know what it was I don’t want to hang my hat on a single wine experience. So many different wines have had a major impact on me.

  3. February 26, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Becca. Fun challenge!

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