How this party got started…
This is a long explanation, but you’re about to shell out some serious cash on something you’ve never heard of before and has never existed before now, so we’re betting you’ll read on.
Like our other (Rebel Coast) wines, these grapes are grown in warm Sonoma, California. But unlike our other wines, this bad boy has THC in it, and it will intoxicate you. With the passing of Prop 64, marijuana is now legal in California for adult use. But, there’s a catch: 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). Meaning you won’t be seeing pre-rolled joints behind the counter at 7-11 anytime soon. Why am I telling you this? Because it is extremely annoying and forced us to do some mad scientist shit.
I’ll start with the backstory. No joke this concept has been passed down from winemaker to winemaker since the pioneers got to California.
Almost every winemaker worth his salt has indulged in marijuana… duh… The two love the same climates, think Humbolt vs. Napa. 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.
Traditionally, when the grapes arrive at the winery they are immediately removed from their stems and pressed. After the juice is transferred to a tank, fermentation begins. Meanwhile the cannabis crop is harvested, trimmed and dried. To activate the THC cannabinoids, the flower is heated in ovens, and the cannabis is added to partially-fermented white wine. Five days later we strain out the flower-like tea leaves, age the wine for 8-12 months, and boom,– marijuana-infused wine. Our winemaker at Rebel Coast was taught this as an apprentice back in 2004. It is super simple and SUPER ILLEGAL! Like, SUPER illegal.
If we did it that way we would lose the whole winery and then do jail time. No Bueno. But we did not give up and knew there was a way to make this work, (you have to remember that we really like cannabis, the taste of wine, and staying out of jail).
That was when the idea came: “Why don’t we make the wine, remove the alcohol, then infuse it with THC?!” Freaking gold right there, right? NOPE. Turns out it’s way harder than it sounds, and there are no books or classes to take because no one has ever done it before. So, long story short, after a ton, I mean a ton of trial and error and we can proudly say we created the world’s first Marijuana-infused Sauvingon Blanc that we can legally sell if you live in CA… and you are over 21.
Pretty cool, right? We think so too and we’re stoked to share it with you.