A month ago I read some news that some crazy in this planet has elaborated a blue wine coloured. Yes, that’s right a wine that instead of being purple, violet, red or anything to do with the grape colour, it is actually indigo blue. Professionals from the industry, conservative or not, were giving their opinions on it. Good, bad…there is all kind of opinions. But the truth is that for us, the Spanish Wine Sisters, it’s an amazing idea and we applaud there are still people with innovative ideas and that they join the fight to change our country and industry by changing the consumer’s point of view of wine. Many people criticize them because it is not a wine that follows the rules, because it has a plant to get that indigo blue, but in all honesty after reading different articles about it, it might happen it is drinkable and nice.
We have not had the chance yet to taste it but we might do it sometime soon and we will then share our tasting notes here. Meanwhile, we share all the details about this young, innovative and bold project.
Who is behind this blue wine?
A group of young innovators linked to the University of the Basque Country and Azti Tecnalia company , food technology division of this group of innovative companies working in direct collaboration with the Basque Government , have developed the first blue wine of the world, naturally without using any artificial coloring to achieve this color.
Aritz, Taig, Imanol y Gorka decided to creat Gïk Blue, a wine that was intentionally created to break all rules and from all traditional wine aspects. A wine that is not subject to social conventions and contributes more to their generation.
This blue wine is produce with grapes from different vineyards in La Rioja, Aragon and Castilla.
“It is a long process. The first thing we do is a base where we mix red and white grape, with more amount of white grape to get a purple base so it is ready to its transformation into blue. Then we discover the skin of the red grape has a natural pigment called anthocyanins and it’s blue. Then we discover a plant that has another one called indigotine, and mixing both we get that indigo blue that has our wine” reports Aritz López, a 22 year-old-student of Publicity and chief communications officer of Gïk Blue, to Cadena Ser Radio.
“Our philosophy is not to tell anyonehow have to drink wine, or how to pair it, or where to take it. Someone has described our wine of blasphemy, but we do not care, we do not care blasphemy,” Lopez explains “Everything is ruled, rules say when, where, how and which food pairs with them. Gïk doesn’t have any rules; you drink it when you want, when you feel like to. That’s it” adds.
After several tastings they have started the production of this blue wine, sweet, smoth in the palate with 11,5%vol. “It is not adapted to the taste of expert tasters and connoisseurs, but to most people“, they report.
“We struggled to find wineries that would hear our proposal. It is normal; the world of wine is very traditional, very attached to a way of understanding the process that is deeply rooted. We come to break all the moulds and it’s always difficult to do that” tells Aritz Lopez.
“It’s not table or aging wine: we mix different grapes. It is not a wine for desserts or apperitives, each person shall have when they want. It is not under any Apellation of Origin because we work with different wineries. All this makes purists’ end saying this is not wine. But what does that really mean? Of course, it’s wine, but it is not their wine. It is the wine for all without standards or prejudice, without inherited conventions on how it should be elaborated or drink”.
“We wanted a name that didn’t mean anything because companies in the wine industry always called them as the last of a long line of winemakers, the name of a landmark , a Greek goddess and things like that. Gïk are letters mixed by pure aesthetic pleasure” they explain us.
Who is it for?
In Aritz Lopez’s words:
“We say that consumers of our product can be any person aged 18 to 100 years, but obviously young people and those looking to try different things are the type of customers that most have been interested so far to seize a bottle of Gïk. We recommend serving it cold, because the flavour is quite sweet and almost everyone likes it . It is a wine very drinkable and accessible to every palate”.
How does it get that blue colour?
As we said before, thanks to a plant called indigotine: Indigo carmine, or 5,5′-indigodisulfonic acid sodium salt, also known as indigotine or FD&C Blue #2 is a pH indicator with the chemical formula C16H8N2Na2O8S2. It is approved for use as a food colorant in the United States and in Europe. and has the E number E132. It is produced by natural shrub’s sap “Indigofera tintaria” .
You can visit their website at: https://gik.blue/
Final Price aprox. 10€/botella.
Why that colour?
In their own words (the creators of this singular wine), from Iker Morán blog: “Gïk is an act of poetic revolution, and blue is the perfect flag for this revolution” pointing claiming a color associated with the change, fluidity and technology.
Where can you buy this?
We confess we would love to sell this wine in our store, but we are just following the steps to see if this possible.
Out of Spain, we don’t know if there is any online store that sales this, we will do a research on this. Meanwhile, you can contact them on their website and ask them directly.
What do you think about this blue wine? Have you ever tried this? Thanks for leaving your opinion and comments about it. We are looking forward to read them all.
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