When we first heard about Gik‘s blue-tinted wine last year, needless to say, we (and the world) had many questions. Why is it blue? How is it blue? What does blue wine taste like? Now we know. And soon, so will the rest of the country.
Gik answered the first two questions on its website early on. With regard to “why” the brand makes a blue wine, the response was “why not?” Fair enough, though as one staffer here at Food & Wine pointed out, there’s a very salient quote from Jurassic Park’s Dr. Ian Malcom (played indelibly by Jeff Goldblum) that could easily be retorted: “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.”
The “how” question is answered with two, perhaps surprisingly, natural ingredients. Blue indigo dye and a compound derived from the skin of red grapes called anthocyanin give Gik its mouthwash-y hue. To that end, if you’re looking for a blue wine, this one is certainly blue and certainly a pleasant enough shade of the color. The 11.5 percent ABV beverage is otherwise made from red and white grapes grown mostly in Spain’s La Rioja and Zaragoza regions, and France’s Courthézon region.