In about 1976-77, I was the only enlisted man at a dinner while on the road with some US and Latin American officers. A US Navy Lt. Commander, though outranked by most of the rest of the group, ordered medium rare steak and what I recall as an Underagga Pinot, from the early '70s, for the entire table of more than a dozen. It was a great pairing, in addition to being the first time I ever drank a wine after sipping it. Until then, finding a way to lose the glass was my usual reaction to being handed one.
Ridge Lytton Springs, in the early '80s, on the advice of a UDABC clerk who described it as sex in a bottle.
1988 Chateau La Tour Blanche with fresh peaches and ginger snaps or gingerbread... It was like Led Zeppelin on 78... I saw the FSM... And kept 4 bottles of it way too long.
Somewhere along the line, I ran into tawny port. I like it in all but the worst manifestations I've found, and keep a bottle of Hardy's Whisker's Blake in the fridge.