The color of wine is usually seen as red, white, or pink, but there is a new wine that is on the market that comes in a color you wouldn’t expect–blue. Sommeliers everywhere may be cringing at the thought.
The blue wine was developed over a two year span by the Spanish firm Gik in cooperation with the University of Basque Country. The wine is made from a variety of red and white grapes from regions around Spain. It gets its blue coloring from a mix between anthocyanin, a pigment that comes from the skin of a red grape, and indigotine, an organic compound that is used as a reddish blue food dye. A non-caloric sweetener is then added to enhance the flavor. The result is a sweet blue wine that is 11.5% alcohol per volume.
Wine connoisseurs are probably not happy about a new blue wine being on the market, but Gik has already begun selling the wine in 25 countries with plans to expand to the US market by next year. What could be next? Maybe orange, purple, or green? Why not.