California Vintners Infusing Wine with Pot

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Apparently, it's an easy match with California's other favorite mood altering crop.
In a Gourmet Live article last week, Matthew Kronsberg let the Internet in on a little secret that California wine geeks have known for a while: A few of our winemakers are tossing a few ounces of bud into their wine barrels.​ Most of these "special" or "green" wines are reds, though the occasional riesling surfaces, and they're only available to the winemakers' friends.

"Adjusted for volume, 'special' wines can range from under a pound of marijuana per 59-gallon barrel to over 4 pounds per barrel," Kronsberg writes. "The result is a spectrum ranging from a gentle, almost absinthe-like effect to something verging on oenological anesthetic." One winemaker calls his pot-laced wine a digestif, something to sip at the end of the meal to settle the stomach. Hmm...kind of like a Tums. SFoodie is considering calling our doctor for a prescription. 

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UrbanUndead
UrbanUndead

Something about this combo sounds really... sub-delicious.

I could see it working better in a traditionally herbal hooch, like green chartreuse, benedictine, an amaro, or maybe even a gin. Paging St George/Hangar One...

The_Pony
The_Pony

I have had this magic elixir and it is spectacular!

Joe
Joe

Hope these vintners are careful about labeling and/or separating out their pot-laced products. 

Some of us don't want our heads messed with.

dantsea
dantsea

It would be a real pain in the ass for someone to put a mind-altering drug into your mind-altering drug.

Sea Captain Matt
Sea Captain Matt

Er... then you shouldn't be drinking alcoholic beverages to begin with.

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