Black wine is here to satisfy your inner goth

For when rosé and prosecco don’t really match your mood [Photo: Pexels]

One’s wine choices are usually limited to red and white, or rosé if you a little change.

And last year, blue wine was touted as the next big thing, though it hardly sounded appetising.

Now, a tastier – more stylish – alternative is on the cards; black wine.

You’ll be glad to hear its colour isn’t down to the addition of dodgy food colourings. It comes from indigotine, a dye extracted from plants and anthocyanin, a pigment found in grape skins.


It’s essentially a super-dark red wine and apparently, when you sip it, you’ll notice that the legs are red.

According to the Washington Post, whose writers sampled a few black wines, they vary in flavour profiles, but a common element is the flavour of blackberry.

And, as most striking-looking foods tend to, it’s been a hit on Instagram with the hashtag #blackwine doing the rounds with foodie types.

Importantly, can you buy it in the UK?


It’s difficult to define what is or isn’t a black wine, as they’re technically red wines, but there appears to be a selection of  them available in UK supermarkets if their names are anything to go by.

The Black Shiraz can be bought in cases of three from Amazon for around £30, and the Co-op claims to sell it in a number of locations (but doesn’t give away the price on its website).

While “almost black” The Black Stump Durif Shiraz 2017 is available on the Laithwaite’s Wine website for £9.99.

In other words, it’s quite reasonably priced, so you can enjoy some vampire-esque after work drinks without breaking the bank.

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