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."