A Spanish startup, a University and a Food Research Team got together and came up with a vino that can only be paired with the sexiness of Al Pacino!
Where You From, You Sexy Thing?
Singing along to UB40’s rendition of ‘Red Red Wine’ the other day, I stopped to exclaim when a friend told me about what the world was on about these days – blue wine! Looking it up, I found out that Gïk, a Spanish startup, the University of Basque County and Azti Tecnecalia, a food research team, weren’t happy with their reds, whites and rosé wines. They’ve come up with the world’s first blue wine. And it’s called ‘Blue Nun’. Raising eyebrows instead of glasses? Read on. In psychology, the colour blue represents infinity, movement and innovation. In colour therapy, it’s known as a calming, relaxing, healing colour. So it worked for the makers on more than just the novelty level.
What’s It Like?
This wine is a blend of red and white grapes from four different areas in Spain – La Rioja, Castilla-La Mancha, León and Zaragoza. Now, we all know that a red and a white grape do not an electric blue wine make! Well, the blue is from Indigotine, a plant-based natural dye, Anthocyanin, an organic pigment found in the skin of the red grape, and a non-caloric sweetener. Described as sweet and fresh by the makers, the group that was chosen for the blind tasting session described it as a million things right from a sweeter white wine to a soft drink. The 11.5% alcohol content in it makes sure that it’s never dismissed as a soft drink, even though it might taste like one.
All I Want For Christmas Is Blue
Why they decided to name it ‘Blue Nun’ is beyond me, considering a nun is (hopefully) the last thing that comes to mind when sipping wine! Nun-theless, I would like her to come to India just in time for Christmas, so we, in Elvis Presley’s drawl, can ‘have a blue, blue, blue Chirstmas’. It’s already making the rounds in Europe, US and Australia; and word on the grapevine is that India is in talks with a few Spanish wineries to get it here too. The brand will be called Ke Vida (what a life!) with two bottled variants – Dry and Fruity. Both will be Chardonnay based and made in much the same way as Gïk, although the Fruity version will contain added natural sugars for a sweeter profile. So, metropolises better keep an eye out for some cobalt blue on those shelves.
Wondering How to Pair?
So far, people have said that the sweetness and freshness of this wine goes best with the subtly creamy flavor and the perfect amount of zing that lies in nachos with guacamole. This means that once it’s here, we could pair it with Habanero, Horseradish, Chipotle or Light Jalapeno Cheddar. Jack Pepper Cheese could also go well with it. I’m curious to find out the Ke Vida floats that can be made. Let’s just conclude with acknowledging that once it’s here, the blues won’t just be for Monday morning.