Blue Wine Is Making Its Way To America Very Soon

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Blue wine from Spain will soon be available in the United States.

Gik Live, a Spanish startup founded by a group of university students, developed a blue wine that has become increasingly popular throughout the Iberian Peninsula. As Spain has an expansive wine industry, the founders of Gik Live “wanted to shake things up,” according to co-creator Aritz Lopez.

“We are not vintners. We are creators,” Gik Live’s official English-language website explains. “So we sought the most traditional and closed minded industry out there. Once having selected the wine industry as our battlefield, we set about creating a radically different product, changing the [color] to a vibrant blue and making the wine sweeter and easier to drink.”

Unlike traditional Spanish wines, Gik’s blue wine is composed of both red and white grapes from different regions throughout Spain and France, mostly in La Rioja, Zaragoza and Courthezon.

“That’s right: we work with grapes from different areas of Spain, whose color and flavor we improve through food tech” the website states. “We choose these wineries in terms of the people who work them and their innovative nature. That’s why Gik has no [destination] of origin, but a guarantee of quality and unique flavor.”

The wine was developed in conjunction with the University of the Basque Country and food research firm AZTI Tecnalia. In order to create the blue color, the mixture of red and white grapes is combined with the organic pigments indigo and anthocyanin, both of which are extracted from the peel of the grapes.

Master Sommelier Alpana Singh, owner of Seven Lions Chicago restaurant, told WMAQ that she had never seen blue wine before.

“I have never seen wine that color,” Singh said. “I’ve been doing this for over 20 years and I don’t know anyone [who’s] mentioned blue wine.”

She explained that such an unconventional wine could easily appeal to new customers for the novelty aspect alone.

‘I think anything that delights your customers and adds to [the] experience and makes it … memorable and fun to do, why not?” Singh said.

“It’s so far from the spectrum of what you would consider wine to be.”

Sources: Gik LiveWMAQ / Photo credit: Gik Live/Instagram

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Blue Wine Is Now A Thing (Video)

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In addition to red, white, and rose wines, we now have an entirely new color to choose from (video below).

Gik Live, a Spanish startup that claims to “represent the innovative side of life,” has developed a blue wine.

“Actually, none of us liked wine, so we decided to make something that we liked,” Artiz Lopez, the 22-year-old co-founder and advertising and public relations student, told Cadena Ser, in Spanish.

As Spain is known for its renowned wines, the founders of Gik wanted to change the attitudes that are often associated with the industry. Lopez jokingly said that he and his colleagues, all of whom are in their 20s, “had always wanted to shake things up.”

“The wine world seemed ideal because it hasn’t changed in centuries,” Lopez explained. “We do not like the atmosphere that surrounds [the wine industry], that obsession with the destination of origin, or the idea that only a few are equipped to enjoy it.”

The wine, which contains 11.5 percent alcohol, was developed along with the University of Basque Country and AZTI Tecnalia, a food research firm. Both red and white grapes were gathered from vineyards throughout the country to create the colorful beverage. Although the company prides itself on its rebellious spirit, it has fully abided by the standards and high quality controls set by the European Union.

The blue pigment is extracted in part from anthocyanin found in the peel of the grapes, which was discovered during the wine production process.

“Someone described our product as blasphemy, but we don’t mind being blasphemous,” Lopez said.

Gik wine costs about $11 a bottle and is already available throughout Spain, mostly in Madrid, Barcelona, Basque Country, and in tourist areas along the coast. Several suggestions for cocktails using the wine are available on the company’s official website, such as “Russian Nights” and “Arctic Flower.”

“People either love it or hate it,” said a spokesperson for the company.

The wine will soon be available in the U.K., France, the Netherlands, and Germany, but customers outside of Spain can currently order the “innovative” beverage by contacting the company directly. Check out the video below to see the wine in action. It’s all in Spanish, but it’s worth it for how pretty it looks.

Sources: Cadena Ser, Gik Live / Photo credit: giklive/Instagram via Metro

Tags: blue wine, Gik Live, innovative, Spain, wine
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