The Red Wine GumThe red wine gum could be meant to taste like a red wine or a port. It’s often stamped with ‘port’. But, presumably, its flavour is supposed to be red-coloured fruit like raspberry, strawberry, cherry or redcurrant. It could be a little like Tempranillo which typically has full-bodied cherry flavours.
The Black Wine GumThis one divides opinion. It’s some people’s favourite while others leave these ones at the bottom of the packet. The taste depends on which brand of wine gums you go for. Sometimes it tastes a bit liquoricey, but mostly the dominant flavour is blackberry. The nearest wine taste is probably the Mencia grape, which is Spain’s answer to Beaujolais and tastes like blackcurrant and mulberry.
The Yellow Wine GumMost people agree that the yellow wine gum tastes like lemon. The Godello grape produces wines which combine lemon with a bit of melon or the Verdejo has aromas of lemon and grass, a little bit like Sauvignon Blanc.
The Orange Wine GumAgain, this one’s easy. No one would disagree that this one tastes like oranges or tangerines. For its wine equivalent try orange wine, or Vino Naranja, which is produced in Andalucía, where white wine is macerated with orange peel following a period of aging. There’s also a sweet version, Moscatel Naranja, produced in Malaga where orange peels are macerated in alcohol distilled from wine and this is added to sweet muscatel wine.
The Green Wine GumNot much debate here. Most people think the green gum tastes like lime. Albariño often has lime flavours. Although it’s much more complex than this. You’ll find crisp apples, a bit of peach, some pineapple and even a little saltiness too.
The White Wine GumThis one is probably the wine gum which causes most discussion. After all, many can’t even agree on what colour it is. White? Pale Yellow? Cream? Taupe? Whatever the colour, it’s often stamped with ‘Champagne’. It’s been described as white grape, grapefruit, pear and pineapple. Chardonnay can have pineapple notes while Chenin Blanc often tastes like pear, or you could get lovely pear aromas in a good Cava. Whatever the flavours, no sweet could hope to have the depth and complexity of a fine wine, but that’s not to say the tastes aren’t reminiscent of some wine flavours.