Bringing a bottle of wine to dinner could be a lot of pressure. Will it work with the food they serve? Does everyone drink red? Or do they like white? And what the heck do I know about it being a “good” wine?

We’ve found and tasted three wines that people will enjoy and we’re arming you with the icing on the cake when people ask about what is in the glass.

19 Crimes

An Australian wine company from South Australia producing four varietals; Red Blend, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and ‘The Uprising’ – a Red Blend aged for 30 days in rum barrels. The wines themselves taste rather good and offer great value for money, shop around and you might pick some up for $13. But the real talking point is in the label.


Using your smartphone and the “Living Wine Labels” app on iOS or Android you’ll point your phone camera at the wine bottle and it will come to life. Your phone screen will take the criminals on the labels and bring them to life again, telling their true stories about the crimes they committed. Each wine variety has a different story and it’ll be sure to get people talking.

Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Chardonnay

New to the market this year, the Double Barrel range from Jacob’s Creek was only doing red wines. The new Chardonnay version is the sort of white wine you’ll please red wine drinkers with. The Chardonnay follows the same process living in oak before being transferred to whisky barrels where flavours transform. The guests at the table will find the wine smooth and velvety with amazing smokey green apple flavours. You’ll also find this bottle under $25 in stores.

St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

When it comes to stunning Cabernet Sauvignon, the Coonawarra region produces some of the world’s best. St Hugo has a vineyard in this perfect area in South Australia where vintage after vintage their Cabernet Sauvignon is one to remember. Everytime we serve one of these bottles, we say nothing, present it, allow people to take a sip and you can then wait three seconds before you’re asked “What is this?” or “Where is this one from?”. There’s always one guest who talks about Penfold’s whenever wine is mentioned, let them spend twice the money to produce a comparable wine. You’ll find this one around the $40 mark.