Pour some out for the homies!
I was known as La Niña (little one) on the streets of LA. Although I was only 11 at the time, life's circumstances had me playing the role of a much wiser, young woman in a predominantly Mexican neighborhood; otherwise known as barrio.
The problem was, I was white. Everyone realized this, but me. As I enrolled in middle school, I had threats coming from every direction, especially from cholas. A chola is a "hardcore latin gangbanger," who I didn't want to offend. To survive, I did what everyone else did, I stood up for myself, even if that meant a possible beating. Now, don't get me wrong, I wanted to run, but there was nowhere to hide.
Soon, I made friends and before I knew it, I was outlining my lips with dark brown lip liner and drawing on scary looking eyebrows. It's amazing how much the environment you're in affects who you are as an individual. I went from living next to the ocean with sun-kissed hair and not a care in the world to the total opposite, all because of a paycheck.
Although I paid a high price, it only lasted a short time. Somehow, I want to thank God for those years of sheer terror. I saw people get shot right in front of me countless times in what seemed like a scene from a very scary movie. The experience taught me how to survive, how to be strong no matter what life hands you and to never take your beautiful white picket fence neighborhood for granted.
Now that I got that out of the way, let's have some fun! I chose the 2009 Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon to pair with being a gangster not only because it's a great value wine and let's face it, gangsters usually live in lower income levels of society, but because it's "square," like many wannabe gangsters. Square, as defined by Urban Dictionary, is someone who is "dull or uncool," which is exactly how people view boxed wine.
The wine is slightly overripe and lacks originality. This is true of modern day gangsters, too. Most young people today are moving towards becoming a hipster, "a subculture of men and women typically in their 20s and 30s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence and witty banter." Don't get me wrong however, the wine is easy to drink. It offers dark fruits in addition to chocolate and spice just like that of the Mexican dish, mole. For $23.99, you get the equivalent of four bottles that can last up to four weeks, which is about how long it takes a gangster to be sentenced after a conviction.
Although I can't see anyone placing this on the dinner table for guests to enjoy, I also can't see anyone introducing a gangster to friends and family members. It's a great house wine for daily consumption and good to have in case you need some "help" dealing with a rude co-worker or ex-boyfriend from hell. Cheers and remember to think outside the "box!"
Where to Buy the Wine:
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Vegas residents: Khoury's Fine Wine
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