Wednesday, October 18, 2023

LeDomduVin: Wine Discrimination and the colors of wine


Wine Discrimination and the colours of wine

by ©Ledomduvin 2023

Wines nowadays come in many colours: the classic white, rosé and red (all the different shades it includes), "jaune" (yellow), gold (Sauternes and other sweet wines), tawny and deep purple (other sweet wines and ports), etc... So, it was only a question of time for other colours to appear on the wine colour spectrum, nothing surprising. Yet, the recent addition of Orange, Green and Blue has been subject to controversy, polemics and even discrimination.

The world is changing and evolving. And people, trends, tastes, cultures, habits and traditions are changing with it. So why not wine, after all?

Technically, how are they made?  

  • Orange wine: This new trend has overtaken the world in recent years. Compared to regular white wine made only with fermented grape juice, it is made of white grapes fermented with skins and seeds for a prolonged period, giving the wine a rich orange colour. Until recently, Orange wines were mostly produced in countries like Georgia, Slovenia, and Italy. However, numerous winemakers rapidly tested new methods to create such wines, which can now be found everywhere from the main wine regions of France, Spain, the US, and beyond.

  • Green wine: Herbs-infused wines are nothing new, as they can be traced to ancient Greece and Rome. These aromatized wines, containing herbs, spices, and even flowers, were favoured by the upper class of the Classical Antiquity Society. Nowadays, with winemakers always adapting to new trends and tastes and ways to sell their products, herbs-infused wines are making a comeback, with cannabis or hemp also being used to infuse wine. They are usually the results of different strains of cannabis cold-extracted into the wine during the vinification or infused with cannabis oil. However, they cannot be labelled as “wine” due to legal restrictions. They are called “wine tinctures” as they contain small percentages of ABV and THC. These products may include traditional alcoholic wines infused with CBD, alcohol-free wines infused with THC and CBD, or tinctures labelled for medicinal use. Despite what their name may suggest, these wines infused with cannabis are not all “green” in colour, as some maintain the appearance of regular red and white wines. 

  • Blue wine: Blue wines are primarily made from grapes (sometimes from red and white grapes blended together) and/or other berries (or fruits), to which natural ingredients have been added to contribute to their striking blue colour. These ingredients usually include indigotin, a dark blue organic compound, the main constituent of the dye indigo, used for colouring foods and drugs, and anthocyanins, the natural pigment found in red grape skins. Natural sweeteners and dark berry extracts (e.g. blueberry) might also be added to sweeten the taste and reinforce the blue colour.  

I have yet to taste a Green or Blue wine. However, I will try them at the first opportunity.

How about you? Have you ever tasted an Orange, Green and/or Blue wine yet?

Like with everything else, whatever is new and goes against the establishment and/or the established cultures, traditions, rules, habits and whatever else people are used to and take for granted usually sparks controversy, polemics and even discrimination.

Yet, like with people, it would be unfair to discriminate against these wines before trying them. You never know. Some might correspond to your taste, and you might enjoy them! 😁👍🍷

Cheers! Santé!


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