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A New One for the Wine List: Instead of Merlot, How About Marijuana?

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With medicinal marijuana now legal in 16 states, new variations of food or drink laced with pot are popping up all the time. It seems the new trend in the cannabis category may be marijuana wine.

According to an article on the subject by Matthew Kronsberg for Gourmet Live, weed-infused wines are an open secret in wine country. He writes: “Adjusted for volume, “special” wines can range from under a pound of marijuana per 59-gallon barrel to over 4 pounds per barrel. The result is a spectrum ranging from a gentle, almost absinthe-like effect to something verging on oenological anesthetic.”

In wine country, marijuana-infused wines are sometimes found in unmarked bottles at the end of winemaker dinners and “very VIP tours,” according to Kronsberg. The wines are usually made far away from the main winery grounds, for obvious reasons.

Just as “normal” wines do, Marijuana wines vary widely in terms of flavor and style—as well as the intensity of the high. Kronsberg quotes one chef who says he knows a winemaker who “takes a couple of barrels a year and puts a ton of weed in it and lets it steep, and that wine is superpotent.” The chef asked that he not be named in the article, for obvious reasons.

Have a trip to wine country planned? If you’re interested, you may want to ask around about this “open secret,” and see where it takes you. Then get back to us.

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