Need a wicked gift idea? Try this wine brand’s customizable bottle label with your own mugshot

Published November 18, 2020, 5:04 PM

by John Legaspi

If drinking too much wine is a crime, this is where we want to see our mugshot

Photo from 19 Crimes Wine

The holidays will not be complete without a good toast. Sparkling ciders and wine that fill each glass keeps everyone in a gleeful spirit. And if you’re still looking for that perfect gift for the Yuletide season, you might want to check this one out. 

Website shares 19 Crimes Wine’s ingenious idea of having a customizable mugshot as a wine bottle label. This is inspired by “the 19 crimes that would have merited the sentence of ‘transportation’ from Britain to Australia back in the 1700s, which included grand larceny, clandestine marriage, bigamy, and—believe it or not—impersonating an Egyptian.”

“Speaking for a number of people who have expressed their interest in procuring said wines as holiday presents, they find the novelty of giving bottles that have photos of the recipient—along with a goofy ‘crime’ that fits the person—appealing… bonus points with the fact that it is a pretty good wine,” say Gail Sotelo, head of and an adjunct professor for the wine program at Enderun Colleges. 

Being a drink consultant for restaurants, corporate clients, and private individuals, Sotelo knows the perfect components that make a good bottle of wine. For her customized 19 Crimes Wine bottle, she got a Cabernet Sauvignon from Southeast Australia.

Gail Sotelo‘s bottle

“The style of the wine from that region—over the past few decades at least—has developed into an easy drinking style of a Cab Sauv without losing the rich, black fruit flavors and pronounced tannins in the wine,” she tells Manila Bulletin Lifestyle. “That particular bottle also had a refreshing acidity to it given its youth, with none of the leathery characteristics expected from an older version, making it very easy to drink without food, but robust enough to pair with something like a salpicao.”

According to Sotelo, at the moment, people could avail of the wines via Once an order is placed, someone from site should get back to the person for a photo, the “crime,” and a prisoner number.

Cheers to the infamous!