Blue Wine: The Sommelier Guide
After two years of actualizing this great innovation, Gik blue wine innovators serve you with their very best. With professionalism, the wine stewards have worked hard to ensure you get wine with the most quality.
Origin of Blue Wine
Gik blue wine is a blue wine introduced by the Spanish Gik, a company in Spain where wine industry has more to do with tradition. This blue wine is also the world’s first ever natural wine, with an alcoholic content of 11.5%.
The blue wine is a dream-come-true of six entrepreneurs, who had no interest in traditional wines initially, but decided to venture into wine business; to make a change in the wine industry by making very sweet and easily drinkable blue win despite their preference for beers and liquors.
Lopez, one of the co-founders of Gik admitted not to be a winemaker or even having a family link in the wine industry. When talking to the independent, he accredited their success to Basque Country University, which gave them a laboratory and a number of chemical engineers. It is from this number of trials that the gik blue wine has finally found its way into the wine markets, conquering better part of Europe and soon moving to the USA. He also hinted at their choice of color, in which he associated the book of Blue Ocean Strategy, that talks about the two kinds of oceans as highly influencing their choice of color and name for the wine.
Type of Grapes
Wines are made from grapes, but this specific type of blue wine, the gik blue wine, is made from two Spanish grape types; the red grapes and the white grapes. The grapes are gotten from well-known wine regions of Spain including Rioja, Madrid, and Castilla la Mancha. The sommeliers get the anthocyanin pigments from the skin of red grapes and use the plant to obtain the indigotin pigments. These two pigments are responsible for the bluish color of the wine. The flavor of this wine is then modified using non-caloric sweeteners. This electric wine is then made from four distinct stages, that is;
- Creating a base using mixtures of both red grapes and white grapes; this is a very common process of making a normal wine. This is where crushing and alcoholic fermentation occurs.
- The pigment of anthocyanin is then extracted from the red grapes; specifically from the skin.
- Another organic pigment got from a food dye of the plant; the indigotin is added. At this stage, stabilization is done at -5 degrees celsius and filtration of silicon dioxide also carried.
- Finally, noncaloric sweeteners are added, the second filtration done and finally bottling and packaging of the final product.
With this professionalism, the company manages to sell approximately 70,000 bottles in Spain alone. This number is bigger than the sale they project to make to any other country in Europe and the world during the first year. For a 750ml bottle, it costs roughly between 8 to 10 Euros, according to the company’s website.
Characteristics of Gik Blue Wine
Its unique blue color has made it gain the international recognition of the world’s first ever blue wine to be extracted from two grapes of different colors; red and white.
- A unique alcoholic content of 11.5% in each volume, which according to health science, it is still within the limit of % alcoholic content for table wine’, thus declaring it a good table wine for consumption with no negative side effects.
- It has an acidic pH of 3.16, which puts it in between a concentrated acid and a dilute acid; a total acidity of 5.50 gr/l.
- A sugar content of 0.01 gr/l, lower than any other you would think of.
Best serving of the wine.
A serving of a wine depend on a number of factors; age, temperature, occasion among others. Temperatures for serving a wine affect the quality of the taste and is the most important factor.
The Gik blue wine is well served below 12 degrees Celsius, and can stay up to 18 months is this condition. Highly advisable to store in a fridge or a wine cooler (Check our reviews on wine coolers here). Age of consumers also plays a major role in wine serving. This wine can do well for a number of individuals, ranging from 25 years to 45 years. This is according to research revealed and placed on the Gik website. 48% of consumers are women compared to 52% men. It is, therefore, good for either gender. It doesn’t matter the occasion, whether having a chill in your house or partying somewhere, you can still enjoy the best serving of this wine. It is therefore absolutely an all weather wine.
Wine-food pairing greatly influences the effect of wine in your body, that’s why the sommelier will suggest the following food pairing with Gik blue wine.
- Sushi; sushi has strong wasabi and ginger flavors, therefore pairing is a little tricky though the presence of salmon will definitely make tart cherry.
- Pasta carbornara; with the creamy bacon plus an egg sauce, spaghetti carbornara makes a perfect pairing with a blue wine.
- Nachos with guacamole; chipotle pepper spice and cider vinegar, nachos with guacamole paired with blue wine makes a perfect pairing, with a combination of both acid; from the wine and base; from the food.
- Smoked salmon; salmon, a sea food mostly preferred for wines with lower alcohol, is another best pairing for this blue wine. It is smoked making the Riesling and other perfectly made Zinfandel soft around smoke flavors. This balances salt content perfectly.
The two years of innovation have paved way for world’s best blue wine, that is currently on its way to the world market, and has already grown its market in its country of origin; Spain. It is now targeting other European nations; France and Italy, then to the American market. It is nevertheless the most successful revolution in the wine industry, that uses technology to combine both the natural and artificial substances.
Finally, argument by some individuals and activists that some of the artificial sweeteners, used in the making of Gin blue wine have been banned in some countries have raised eyebrows and played a diminishing factor in this great innovation. These sweeteners include the anthocyanin and indigotin, which are the major components, and other noncaloric sweeteners.