A new type of wine is gaining popularity, and it’s is about as far from a cheery glass of rosé as we can imagine – it’s almost completely black.
Black wine is, actually, not coloured black by any added colouring or manipulation in the fermentation process. Technically, black wine is in fact red wine, but due to the dark pigmentation of the skin of the grape variety it is made from – Saperavi grapes – it comes out an eerie opaque black.
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Traditionally from the western European country of Georgia, the Saperavi grape has been used to make pitch black wines for centuries. It’s only recently that the dark wines have gained popularity worldwide – thanks in some part, no doubt, to Instagram’s black food trend.
It’s said to be a heavy-flavoured drop, with notes of blackberry, beetroot, spices and vanilla that go well when paired with a strong cheese, fried food, or red meats.
That’s enough fancy wine talk, though. As far as we’re concerned, a red wine so dark it’s practically black is simply one of the coolest things we have ever seen!
Recovering caffeine-addict and serial bruncher Eliza Murray feels most at home typing away in a cozy cafe with her re-mortgaged avocado toast nearby. When she isn't reporting on the latest Instagram-shattering glittery food trends, she can be found experimenting with new gin garnishes (hello strawberries!) or biting into an entire wheel of brie (no shame). She tweets @theothereliza