One of my favorite things to do is to sit back with a good book and a glass of wine, so naturally, I started to look for wines that would actually pair up well with the book I'm reading.
Reading: The Bat (Harry Hole #1), Jo Nesbo. I started this crime series with book #9, Phantom. It's not necessary to read the series in order, but I loved Phantom so much that I had to go back and start from book 1. I'm only a few pages into it, but already I can tell that it's going to hold my attention. I'm just waiting for a quiet afternoon this weekend to fully immerse myself into the world of Harry Hole.
Imbibing: 19 Crimes 2012 Red Wine, South Eastern Australia.
The label for this Australian red reads, "Nineteen crimes turned criminals into colonists. Upon conviction, British rogues, 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."
Doesn't that sound like the PERFECT wine to drink while reading a mystery/ crime novel?! This is my favorite new find of the year - it's dry, but smooth and wonderful. Dry wines are not usually my thing, so I was really very pleasantly surprised at how much I loved 19 Crimes.
And the story behind this wine is unforgettable. Additionally, each cork has one of the crimes printed on it. I got crime #14 - counterfeiting the copper coin. I wonder how many of these corks I can collect.
I saved 19 Crimes to my Evernote Wine Catalog tagged as "loved."