(Courtesy of Gik)
Royal, cobalt, deep dark blue—it almost looks too pretty to be something you can imbibe. But blue wine will soon be coming to the United States.
The Spanish company Gik will be importing its signature blue wine to Miami, Boston, and Texas in September, according to a report by the food news site Eater.com.
On its website, Gik explains how it produces this brilliant color: first, juice is extracted from a mix of red and white grapes from vineyards in La Rioja and Zaragoza, Spain and Courthézon, France.
Then, organic coloring pigments, indigo and anthocyanin—a flavonoid found on grape skin, are added in. The resulting wine tastes sweeter and goes down easier, according to the company. The wine is at 11.5 percent ABV, and is the world’s first blue wine product.
The company previously experienced regulatory hurdles due to Spanish rules that allow only red or white wine to be sold, according to the Eater article. The company was fined and had to label its product as “99 percent wine and 1 percent grape must.” In the States, however, it will be sold as wine.