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New cannabis-infused wine has a ‘very herbaceous nose’ — and no hangover

"No joke this concept has been passed down from winemaker to winemaker since the pioneers got to California," says Rebel Coast Winery about its new, cannabis-infused wine.
"No joke this concept has been passed down from winemaker to winemaker since the pioneers got to California," says Rebel Coast Winery about its new, cannabis-infused wine. Rebel Coast Winery

A California winery says it has created a marijuana-infused wine that it can sell legally and won’t give you a hangover.

The trick? The winemakers took the alcohol out of it.

Rebel Coast Winery in Sonoma County is taking preorders for its new Sauvignon blanc, which it markets as the first legal marijuana-infused wine.

“It’s not a bong water smelling slop, it’s actually insanely good,” the winery’s website says. “It smells like marijuana and tastes like Sauvignon Blanc.”

The weed wine costs $59.99 a bottle.

 

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“Sauvignon Blanc has always been known for its ‘grassy’ character, but never quite like this,” declares Paste digital entertainment magazine.

Each bottle has 16 milligrams, about 4 milligrams per serving, of THC — that’s tetrahydrocannabinol, the high-inducing active ingredient in cannabis — and the effects can be felt in about 15 minutes, the winery says.

“After one glass you won’t be thinking your couch is a hippo with short legs or anything. Our goal is not to kill you after you’ve had a few glasses. The goal is to get giggly and naked with someone,” the winery says on its website.

“We set out to mimic the experience you’d find with traditional wine; a couple glasses will put most people in a great place.”

Shipments will begin as soon as recreational marijuana becomes legal in California next month; the winery can’t ship over state lines. It will soon be available in other states with legal recreational marijuana use.

“No joke this concept has been passed down from winemaker to winemaker since the pioneers got to California,” Rebel Coast co-founders Chip Forsythe and Alex Howe write on the company’s website.

“Almost every winemaker worth his salt has indulged in marijuana ... duh ... The two love the same climates ... You can literally throw a couple marijuana seeds into a vineyard that already has trellises and irrigation. Oh, and both plants harvest around the same time in September-October.”

But because alcohol and marijuana cannot legally be sold together, even where marijuana is legal, the winery had to get creative.

“No one (in any state) is allowed to sell alcohol or tobacco in the same location as marijuana (or combine them in the same product),” notes the winery. “Meaning you won’t be seeing pre-rolled joints behind the counter at Seven Eleven anytime soon.”

So they removed the alcohol and then added the marijuana. After much trial-and-error — because “no one has ever done it before,” say the winemakers — the winery had an alcohol-free wine that still delivers a buzz.

What does it smell like?

“Because of the marijuana addition, this Sauvignon Blanc has a very herbaceous nose,” explains the Rebel Coast website. “It smells of cannabis, lemongrass, lavender, and citrus.”

According to Delish, the winery also plans to release a cannabis-infused rosé and sparkling wine in the coming year.

“If you’ve ever wished you could go home, put on a pair of yoga pants, pour yourself an Olivia Pope-sized glass of wine and get a little bit high instead of drunk, your time has come,” writes Delish.

Results from the 2016 election brought about new rules on the use of recreational and medicinal marijuana in several states, with more than half now allowing for the latter. Federal government leaders including president-elect Trump have voiced th

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