Brian’s Wine Wednesday: 19 Crimes

19 Crimes VertSomeone asked me recently, what’s the best red wine under $10? I used to have several recommendations, but over time only one has remained consistently decent year after year. This is it.

19 Crimes is an Australian red blend that comes in an interesting bottle, with a black and white picture of a British rogue on the label. The 19 crimes of the title refers to the number of violations committed in colonial Britain that would result in you being sentenced to live in Australia, rather than death. They called it “punishment by transportation,” but it was a new beginning for the tough prisoners who made it to shore. The wine “celebrates the rules they broke and the culture they built. It would be a crime not to drink it!” ~ Winery notes

Like many Aussie wines, it is mostly Shiraz, and on the lighter side. More tart than sweet fruit, with aromas of cranberry and plum. The taste reminded me a little of Ludens wild cherry cough drops, mixed with vanilla and cinnamon. Juicy, slightly tart, easy to drink and under $10 a bottle. This wine is a winner.

3.5-corksOn my five-cork scale based on taste and value, I give 19 Crimes Red Blend 3.5 corks! It won’t win any awards for greatness, but it’s a solid, reliable, easy-drinking red at a great price.

If you’d like to try interesting wines like this, please join me at our next private wine party at Ferrari’s Little Italy! I host a wine dinner there every month, and we feature several interesting wines, each paired with a delicious course. There are always cool prizes to win, too, so listen Wednesday at 4:15 to win your spot on the guest list, or click here for a chance to win!

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