You Can Now Buy Alcohol-Free Wine Infused with THC
"Smells like weed, tastes like wine."
Marijuana-infused wine has been around for a while-but now, California-based Rebel Coast Winery is taking things up a notch with the first-ever alcohol-free cannabis-infused wine. (Related: Blue Wine Has Finally Made It to the U.S.)
The concoction is being marketed as a Sauvignon Blanc made with grapes grown and fermented in Sonoma County. It's also infused with 16 milligrams of organic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), said to have an effect within 15 minutes of drinking it, according to the winery.
"Winemakers have been making infused wine for years, but no one developed a reliable method to remove the alcohol and infuse it with cannabis' active ingredients in a way that wasn't impacting the quality of the wine," said co-founder Alex Howe in a press release. He also called the infused wine "a premium product that will be a hot, new dinner party trend across California and soon, the United States."
So what does this wine taste like? Surprisingly, nothing like marijuana at all. Thanks to the citrus flavors derived from the grapes, it's said to taste exactly like a Sauvignon Blanc. It does, however, smell like marijuana with notes of "lemongrass, lavender, and citrus," according to the winery. That's because the infusion itself incorporates fragrant oils called terpenes that are secreted from a marijuana plant's sticky resin glands-the same ones used to produce THC and other cannabis-based products.
Bottles are available for pre-order beginning in 2018, but each bottle will set you back $60. For now, Rebel Coast will only be shipping the wine to California residents, but the brand has plans to eventually expand to other states that have legalized recreational marijuana.