The House Red

How many apartments have you been to where the residents have an (almost) always in stock house wine that they are ready and willing to uncork anytime house guests appear?  None? One? Oh, about a dozen?!

Whatever your answer, my fabulous little NYC abode falls into this category.  When your roommate works in the fine wine auction business, you drink only the good stuff and Yellow Tail isn’t allowed over the threshold.  After a few months of getting settled in our home, we decided to find a “House Red” to have for visitors and those evenings when we needed a glass of something but didn’t want to open the cellar and explore something new.

What did we settle on?  None other then then the fabulous 19 Crimes 2015. 


19 Crimes Australian Red

Lets see what Megan has to say about it…

“I picked up this one because the history buff in me loves a good story, especially a risqué one.  Named after the 19 crimes that original prisoners were sent to the Australian penal colony for, this is an easy drinking red blend.  As an added bonus, the corks are branded with one of the 19 crimes committed, instantly creating a wine themed scavenger hunt.

Deep purple in color, this is bursting with sweet fruit aromas with the barest hint of vanilla and coffee.  The palate is a little more savory then the nose suggests, but it is still a fruit bomb of super-ripe blackberry and maraschino cherry.  Acids and tannins are rather low for a red but alcohol is quite present.

Incredibly easy to drink, if not the most exciting wine.  It is fairly easy to find at your local wine store and tends to run about $13.

Goes well with:

  • Long days at work
  • Good conversation
  • People you don’t know very well who won’t go away

But seriously, it’s a great barbecue wine!”


There you go folks, first wine review for your reading pleasure.  Lots more to come as well as “How to Taste”, coming soon!




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