Wine Discrimination and the colours of wine
- 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.