No, this post is not about the so-called “Blue Laws” which restrict the freedom of wine producers and drinkers in USA. Long term readers of this blog may remember a posting from some time ago about Red, White and Blue wines. A Spanish company called Gik Live launched a distinctly blue wine, produced by coloring white wine with organic indigo and adding artificial sweetener. A friend of mine tried some in France, and reported that it was very unexciting apart from the odd color. The French authorities were obviously equally impressed and banned its sale on the grounds that this liquid did not conform to the legal definition of wine and the label was in English. It is, however, still reputedly available on the Internet if you feel that this is an unmissable experience.
Two years on, another company is trying the same trick. Once again, it is made in Spain, but the company is based in the French Mediterranean city of Sète. Spanish Chardonnay wine is filtered through a pulp made out of selected red grape skins. The naturally occurring coloring agent anthocyanin in the grape skins creates a turquoise colored wine. With a catchy French name of Vindigo, this is marketed as 100% natural. According to the business owner, Vindigo has aromas of cherry, blackberry and passion fruit, and pairs well with seafood and oysters. “Women appreciate it very much. It is an ideal wine for the summer, to drink on the sand or at the edge of the swimming pool.” There’s no suggestion of attempts to import it into USA, though.
This may all seem very unlikely and dubious practice, but several years ago I discovered that you, too, can try blue wine production at home. Take an ordinary Zinfandel wine and swirl a little in a wine glass. Leave the dregs in the glass overnight. In the morning, empty out the dregs and add a little water. You will find that the resulting liquid has a very interesting color.