Electric blue wine is now a thing in Europe

June 25, 2016 by  
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When it comes to wine , we’re used to red and white, maybe a little rosé now and again. But winemakers Gïk decided to shake up the wine industry with a startling new wine color: blue. Their blue wine may be sourced from local grapes, but it’s unlike most wines found in Spain or the rest of the world. Gïk sources their grapes from Spanish vineyards in Zaragoza, La Rioja, Castilla-La Mancha, and León, but they don’t place an emphasis on where they get their grapes. Rather, it’s about how they use food technology to change those grapes into a vibrant new product. Not only does the color differ from traditional wines, but the blue wine is sweeter as well, even though it doesn’t contain added sugars. Related: Historic 7th-century cellar in Spain renovated to celebrate the history of wine-making The members of the Gïk team are in their twenties and describe themselves not as business people but as “creators: designers, programmers, artists, and musicians.” They write on their website, “We are not vintners. We are creators. So we sought the most traditional and close-minded industry out there…having selected the wine industry as our battlefield, we set about creating a radically different product, changing the color to a vibrant blue and making the wine sweeter and easier to drink.” So how do they obtain that crazy blue hue? It’s all due to a pigmentation process using two organic pigments. One is indigo; the other is anthocyanin, which comes from grape skin. Gïk worked with the University of the Basque Country for about two years to research the best method and recipe for the blue wine. Currently the wine is sold online to customers in Spain, France, Germany, the UK, and the Netherlands. Each bottle costs about $11 and contains 11.5% alcohol. Via My Modern Met Images via Gïk and Gïk Facebook

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California Drought Endangers Napa Valley Wine Production

February 7, 2014 by  
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Agriculture around the world is suffering due to climate change , and famous grape-producing regions are being crushed by unpredictable weather patterns, drought, and increased global demand for alcohol. California’s Napa Valley in particular is suffering from the state’s severe lack of rainfall, and vineyard owners are already predicting a much smaller harvest for 2014. Read the rest of California Drought Endangers Napa Valley Wine Production Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , california drought , Climate Change , crop insurance , global warming , grape harvest , grape vines , napa valley , napa valley vintners association , perennial plant , precipitation , rainfall , underground aquifer , vermont , wine industry , wine production        

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France Crushes Over 3 Tons of Illegal Ivory in Stand Against Elephant Poaching

February 7, 2014 by  
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Image via Shutterstock France made history on Thursday when it became the first European country to publicly destroy three tons of seized illegal ivory as part of a global fight against elephant poaching. The hundreds of “blood ivory” tusks, which were estimated at $1.4 million, were pulverized into dust in front of a public crowd at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. France’s move to destroy its ivory stockpile follows similar recent symbolic destructions by countries such as the United States and China . Read the rest of France Crushes Over 3 Tons of Illegal Ivory in Stand Against Elephant Poaching Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: african elephants , black market ivory , blood ivory , Eiffel tower ivory destruction , Elephant Poaching , elephants , France destroys ivory stockpile , illegal ivory , ivory stockpile , Ivory Trade , ivory trafficking , philippe martin        

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Wine Industry Establishes System to Calculate GHG Emissions

November 8, 2011 by  
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The Greenhouse Gas Accounting Protocol will allow wine industry players to rate their environmental performance using a standardized method.

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Ride Your Bike While You Work With The Kickstand Desk

November 8, 2011 by  
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Some people stand at their desk; now you can ride with a desk designed for serious cyclists.

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Urban Beehive of the Future Unveiled by Philips

November 8, 2011 by  
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This is a futuristic beehive for urban homes that might have some beekeepers scratching their heads.

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Special Investigation Opened into Keystone XL – Decision Likely to be Delayed

November 8, 2011 by  
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The Inspector General of the U.S. State Department has opened an investigation into the handling of the permitting process for the tar sands pipeline. Commentators speculate that this could delay the decision until after 2012.

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