Followers of the wine world probably know that in this day in age, nothing is surprising anymore.
After all, we’ve seen the advent of blue wine, wine-sicles (wine popsicles), and even a champagne vending machine. Now, with marijuana being legalized across the US, there’s a new wine hitting store shelves, and it’s called Canna Vine.
From the LA Times:
The road to California’s first commercially available pot-infused wine begins on a camping trip in Yosemite National Park in 2010. There, Lisa Molyneux, a Santa Cruz dispensary owner and pioneer in marijuana retail, is introduced to the therapeutic properties of an especially good bottling purveyed by Louisa Sawyer Lindquist, owner of Verdad Wines in Santa Maria.
For Molyneux, an ebullient cancer survivor who became a grower and founded her shop, Greenway, to aid fellow survivors, that evening at the campfire got demonstrably mellower. By the next day Molyneux and Sawyer Lindquist were already talking about working together.
The result is Canna Vine, a high-end marijuana product that combines organically grown marijuana and biodynamically farmed grapes, made with the care and meticulousness of Opus One.
Advocates include Chelsea Handler and Melissa Etheridge — in fact, Etheridge has her own line of wines, called Know Label, also made by Molyneux — and other celebrities have expressed interest in having their own versions. And it comes with a price — anywhere from $120 to $400 a half-bottle— that alone might prove irresistible to other California winemakers.
Wine makers are still experimenting with strains of marijuana and varietals of grapes to find the best combination, but the buzz created by the wine is described this way:
“What’s nice about it is how subtle it is,” she says. “There’s a little flush after the first sip, but then the effect is really cheery, and at the end of the night you sleep really well. It really is the best of both worlds; you get delicious wines with medicinal benefits.”
The only problem with a marijuana wine is the regulation surrounding it. Wine is highly regulated and pot, as you know, is still illegal in most states. Currently, the marijuana infused wine is only available in California to people with a medical marijuana card.
Though this is still in the early stages, wine producers are optimistic.
Also from the LA Times:
Etheridge is even more hopeful: “I think that an herb-infused wine might be the sort of beautiful bridge to helps us to understand where cannabis fits in our culture,” she says. “Who’s to say an herb-infused wine isn’t just the medicine a person is looking for at the end of the day?”
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