A couple of weeks ago, Benna was on everyone’s tongue with the company’s announcement of a new range of lactose-free milk and yoghurt.
A person is rendered lactose intolerant when their intestine is not able to completely digest a natural sugar called lactose, which is normally to be mostly found in dairy products. This is due to the fact that the small intestine doesn’t produce enough enzymes to break down lactose. Benna’s new range of products, while still being made from natural fresh milk, has an added component to it which makes sure that the lactose is broken down already before digestion. As a result, the milk actually tastes sweeter and those who suffer from lactose intolerance can still enjoy its benefits, such as the calcium and protein it contains.
I’m not lactose intolerant, but I was still curious enough to want to taste this new product for myself all the same, and I must say that I was very pleasantly surprised.
However, the fact remains that although I love milk, especially with some cinnamon or mint on a cold winter night, it’s not my favourite drink if I wish to relax or enjoy myself in good company. So, while this news interested me for a time, a while later I came across something that greatly aroused my curiosity and my taste buds.
How would you feel about blue wine?
Personally, I love red wine, which, full-bodied and fruity, is lovely to sip while having a steak meal or socialising with friends. I also adore Rosé wine, which I find refreshing, and I also take pleasure in white wine with fish or white meat.
Blue wine though, was something I had never heard of, so you can imagine my surprise at learning of a Spanish company which, together with the University of the Basque Country and food research team Azti Tecnecalia, is now producing this wine which consists of a mixture of red and white grapes sourced from Spanish vineyards.
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And by the way, if you were wondering: the blue colour of the wine is not synthetic at all. In fact, it’s a tint made out of a combination of anthocyanin, which is a natural pigment found in grape skin itself.
When asked why they started producing blue wine, Gik, the company responsible, maintained that since the Spanish are notorious for being traditional about their wine, they wanted to shake things up a little within the viticultural industry with their innovative outlook. Gik’s blue wine is, apparently, the new trendy ‘in’ drink to serve, and has blasted through the internet at an alarming rate. It’s already available throughout Europe!
What does blue wine taste like? Apparently, it’s not a taste everyone will appreciate. Blue wine seems to be quite refreshing and sweet. Some have complained that it is in fact too sweet. Others have said that it’s the perfect drink to serve chilled to friends, being akin to a combination of champagne and wine, while others still have said it’s more like a punch than real wine. Experienced vintners maintain that it’s merely a bubbly overly-sweetened concoction which has nothing to do with wine culture. Gik, which is composed of young dynamic people trying to make something new, do not claim to be professional wine makers, and reiterate that the blue vintage is fun and a way of jazzing up an industry which has perhaps become staid and close-minded in its established domain.
Too sweet or not, all I have to say is that if I ever have the opportunity to try out blue wine, I’ll definitely not pass up the chance.
How about you? Will you be trying some blue wine?
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