HARRISBURG Pennsylvania's winemakers all agree: There's a story behind every cork, and a contest designed to find the state's best wine story has produced a tale worth toasting.

An anecdote about a group of friends who find a beautiful escape waiting for them each Sunday at Galen Glen Vineyard in Schuylkill County has taken the top prize in the Pennsylvania Winery Association's (PWA) Pennsylvania Wine Stories contest. The contest asked wine lovers to share their personal accounts involving Pennsylvania wine for a chance to win the ultimate Pennsylvania Wine Weekend Getaway. The tale was submitted by Shawn Everett of Lehighton.

Everett's story was one of eight regional finalists. The eight were put to a public vote at PennsylvaniaWine.com to determine the statewide winner.

"My friends and I often go to Galen Glen on a Sunday afternoon to get away from life for a few hours," wrote Everett in his winning entry. "We love the fact that we have such a beautiful escape only a few miles away."

For every story submitted during the contest, the PWA added a cork to its growing collection. Philadelphia-based artist Sandra Webberking was commissioned to transform all those corks into a sculpture, which was unveiled on Jan. 7 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

The PWA also donated one dollar for every wine story submitted to the National Center for Family Literacy, a charity that works to inspire families in their pursuit of education and learning. To read the winning Pennsylvania wine story and finalist stories from other state wine regions, visit PennsylvaniaWine.com

The Pennsylvania Winery Association (PWA) is a nonprofit agricultural trade association that represents more than 100 of the state's wineries. For more information about the PWA and each of Pennsylvania's wineries, visit pennsylvaniawine.com.