After about a year and a half, I decided to revisit cannabis infused wines and see how far along the industry has come since my very first video. Back in 2017, cannabis was becoming legal in more and more US states and a few wineries jumped at the opportunity to create wines infused with it.
If you are new to this concept, here’s a quick recap. While it is now legal to sell cannabis in several states, it is still illegal to create alcoholic beverages blending the two together. This means that alcohol must first be removed from the wine, which unfortunately also removes flavonoids, tannins, and acids as well. Then through some fancy chemistry, liquified THC is infused into the filtered wine. After this, the THC-infused beverage has flavoring added back in to make it taste closer to wine again. Companies like SpaceStation and SōRSE Technology help make this fancy blending process happen.
I’m a bit surprised to see that there aren’t more companies creating cannabis infused wines as it certainly seemed a couple of years ago like it was going to be a much larger industry by now. Remarkably, a number of the products that were being promoted back then were never even released to the public, but there are some new companies planning to release versions soon like Viv & Oak and House of Saka. Both plan on releasing wines in early 2020 and if I am able to get my hands on some, I will write reviews for them. Right now, it seems like the company I focused on in 2017 is still the key player for weed wines.
In my previous tasting, I compared a bottle of Rebel Coast Winery’s infused Sauvignon Blanc against a normal bottle of Sauvignon Blanc by The Dreaming Tree. This first comparison yielded some pretty easy results. That was Rebel Coast’s first commercial version and it really didn’t taste too much like Sauvignon Blanc just mostly pineapple juice. While nice and fruity, it wasn’t quite there yet. That bottle contained 20mg THC (about 5mg per glass), offered a light buzz, and was rather easy to drink.
I decided no real comparison was necessary this time and that I’d only focus on the overall taste and THC level. I would try their newly reformulated Sauvignon Blanc as well as a Rosé called Pink Passion.
The latest Sauvignon Blanc had been marketed as a massive upgrade from the previous version. This time around, it would have double the THC amount with 40mg Sativa per bottle (about 10mg per glass) and felt that the Sauvignon Blanc’s overall taste and aroma were much better this time around. While it did still have a faint smell and bitter taste of cannabis, this wine did have a closer association with your average Sauvignon Blanc. This was definitely a huge improvement over the previous version.
Their Rosé, Pink Passion, is a first time release so I had no previous vintage to compare it with. This bottle also contained 40mg (Indica Hybrid) of THC and had a nice pretty pink label. Its aroma was faint, but you can certainly smell a fruity Rosé smell on the nose. The bitter taste of cannabis impeded the Rosé sweetness a little, so I’d compare it closer to a dry light Rosé. All in all, I actually think I enjoyed its taste more than the Sauvignon Blanc.
As far as overall buzz, I didn’t necessarily feel these infused wines caused bigger “highs” than the previous bottle. I think this might be due to the fact that the last version tasted fruitier, so I found myself drinking that one much faster. They say that it takes around 30 minutes for the buzz to kick in, but I found mine starting to get stronger after about an hour. Not sure why it took me longer, but I definitely started noticing a bigger high then and it lasted for a few hours. Thankfully I never really got a major case of the munchies!
I’m not much of a cannabis connoisseur, so I can’t say how HIGH (haha) the quality of their green product is, but it certainly does the job for a lightweight like me. Check back in with me soon as I hope to be reviewing other brands in the coming months.