Wine drinkers in search of a good story might want to check out the unique app associated with the 19 Crimes label that features real 18th-century British prisoners who were sent to Australia instead of the gallows. Convicted of at least one of 19 crimes, they are being celebrated for the “rules they broke and the culture they built.” The app, available through Apple App and Google Play stores, uses augmented reality technology. Three of the characters will come to life when you hover a device over the labels in which they are pictured. The 19 Crimes Red Blend is reviewed below along with Insurrection, another label that honors boldness. These are both big wines that need food and would go well with barbecue sauce and grilled meats.
19 Crimes 2016 Red Wine, South Eastern Australia
Bought • Schnucks, 8800 Manchester Road, in December for $7.99
Description • This full-bodied, fruity blend honors John O’Reilly, an Irish-born poet, journalist and activist who was punished for his participation in a group that opposed British rule in Ireland. Shiraz dominates in this blend that includes some cabernet sauvignon and grenache. A jammy red wine, it tastes of concentrated sweet red berries with peppery spice from oak aging.
Insurrection 2015 Red Blend, South Eastern Australia
Bought • Schnucks, 8800 Manchester Road, in December for $12.99
Description • A blend of mostly shiraz with some cabernet sauvignon, this wine received 91 points from Wine Enthusiast. An intense red that’s tannic and potent, it has a high 15 percent level of alcohol compared with the 19 Crimes’ 13.5 percent. This is a spicy wine that tastes of red berries and plums and ends with a long, smooth finish.