Red or White? How about – neither? You now have the option to pour yourself a mystical looking glass of blue wine. Does that mean it’s full of strange chemical additives? Not quite. This new shade of wine is made from a mixture of red and white grapes that are turned blue thanks to a technological pigmentation process that combines a pigment of the skin of red grapes and organic pigments.
What’s in the blue wine?
The base of the wine is as traditional as it gets: wine grapes from different Spanish and French vineyards, mainly La Rioja, Zaragoza and Courthézon. The organic pigments that cause the blue hue are anthocyanin (a pigment found in grape skin) and indigo (a dye extracted from the Isatis tinctoria plant, commonly used as a red/blue food dye). There is no added sugar, but the wine does contain a non-caloric sweetener. It is classified as a chilled, sweet wine with 11% ABV.
What does it taste like?
Due to the addition of sweeteners, the wine tastes like a bit of a mix between a wine, a wine cooler and a cocktail mixer: mellow and sweet. Food pairing suggestions are pasta carbonara and tzatziki.
The creators of this new wine are young Spaniards from the Basque country, famous for it’s inventiveness in terms of food tech (keep in mind that the basque region has the highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants per capita in the world!). The bottle retails for $16.00 in the USA and can be purchased through their website at https://bluewine.us.
Love it or hate it?
The world of wine is known to be somewhat attached to culture and traditions. The blue wine is certain to raise some eyebrows. Gik Live, the wine creator’s motto, is quite accurately “the wines that purists do not dare to purchase.” What do you think? Would you try a glass of blue wine? Once the novelty wears off, will it find it’s ways into cellars of sommeliers to be treasured for years to come? Time will tell. While it may make for a fun surprise in an informal setting, I personally do not see this wine added to the wine list at 21 Club. But you may find it at one or the other 4th of July celebration, paired next to a red, white…and blue wine.