We attend a lot more house parties during the fall/winter months, and I love it. The best house parties are intimate, small, and when everyone is willing to share great conversations can be had.
The one part I always dread is thinking of what to bring to someone’s house party. I’ve personally known people who go empty-handed and that’s just not proper.
It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive; merely consider the nature of the occasion/party, and if it’s the first time you’re visiting someone’s home, then it’s a lovely gesture to bring a small gift, like wine or champagne, but I think anytime you visit someone you should bring something with you.
It can also be a challenge picking the right wine which is why I like choosing a champagne or wine that is unique looking or that the host/hostess has never had before.
Recently, I went to a wine tasting event in Harlem, NY and I found a bottle of wine, 19 Crimes. I think it is a perfect conversation piece when attending a house party this fall/winter season.
The label on the bottle is what makes this wine unique. The men on the label are not those of fiction. They were flesh and blood criminals and scholars.
In history, they share a bond – receiving “punishment by transportation” for violation of one of 19 crimes and becoming the first settlers of a new nation. It could have shattered their spirits. It didn’t. Today, you can toast those men and the principles they lived. Nineteen crimes turned criminals into colonists. Upon conviction, British rogues guilty of a least one of the 19 crimes were sentenced to live in Australia, rather than death. This punishment by “transportation” began in 1783, 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 19 Crimes Website)
For sure the label is fun, but when you add technology, this wine becomes a modern-day social event. If you download the 19 Crimes app and point your phone at the bottle, the freakiest thing will happen, you’ll watch and listen as the infamous mug shots animate in front of your phone.
And to boot, the wine is great tasting. I tried the Chardonnay and enjoyed it a lot once I let it breathe.