19 Crimes

"19 Crimes turned criminals into colonist". This statement is a link to 18th century England, a time when being found guilty of certain crimes landed one in Australia to serve out a life sentence. If this sounds like a harsh existence, stay tuned. What we have here is a strange mix of the horrible and the pleasurable. Allow me to explain.

When I visited the Jersey Shore some weeks ago I attended the annual wine festival hosted by one of the Liquor establishments. We attend this wonderful event every year where you can sample many adult beverages and area cuisine by local vendors. As usual, I found several wines that I had never experienced, which passed the taste test and made it back home with me.

One of many that stood out was "19 Crimes". Besides the wonderful taste, it has an interesting back story and an artful label that caught my eye. So let's have a look at the label and then we will complete the story behind the wine itself.

19 Crimes Red Wine
19 Crimes Red Wine

Since the wine has a crime and punishment theme, I wanted to photograph the bottle with some bars or some symbol of detention. I ended up using this metal plant stand.  I placed it by a sunny window and adjusted the blinds to give me just the right light I was looking for to highlight the label.

Yes, it was a down and dirty studio prop but it served it's purpose. :-)

Back to the history that inspired this wine.

"SOUTH EASTERN AUSTRALIA, AUS.

NINETEEN CRIMES turned criminals into colonist. Upon conviction, British rouges, guilty of at least one of the 19 crimes, were sentenced to live in Australia, rather than death. This punishment by "transportation" began in 1788, and many of the lawless died at sea. For the rough-hewn prisoners who made it to shore, a new world awaited.

As pioneers in a frontier penal colony, they forged a new country and new lives, brick by brick.

This wine celebrates the rules they broke and the culture they built."  - from the rear label of 19 Crimes Wine

19 Crimes List
19 Crimes List

Full Disclosure: I am in no way promoting or have in any way been compensated for highlighting this product, but rather, am simply sharing what I found to be both artful and tasteful.

Now having said that, I would gladly accept a case or two of this delight. :-)

Below is my final image, cropped, which I plan to print and place near the ole wine collection in the basement.

19 Crimes Wine Bottle
19 Crimes Wine Bottle

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