This California Wine Will Give You a Different Kind of Buzz

Meet the first-ever non-alcoholic cannabis-infused wine.

By Ethan L. Johns
December 13, 2017

Image: Rebel Coast

Come January 1st, adults in the state of California will legally be able to purchase marijuana for recreational purposes for the first time in over 100 years. Also come January 1st, one California wine company will be poised to jump into the market with a revolutionary bottle of vino that gets you high rather than tipsy.

Rebel Coast Winery was founded in 2012 by two dudes on a mission to help wine drinkers “get weird.” In addition to its lineup of four unpretentious wines (a white and a rosé, both called “Sunday Funday,” and two reds), the company is currently taking pre-orders for its newest product, a 2017 Cannabis-Infused Sauvignon Blanc.

The marijuana wine—in order to comply with new California cannabis laws, which take effect at the beginning of 2018, and which stipulate that the drug cannot be sold alongside wine or tobacco—is non-alcoholic (or “alcohol-removed”), meaning that it contains less than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume. This low percentage is obtained by fermenting the wine normally (while infusing it with toasted cannabis to impart the active THC) and then removing the alcohol once the wine has been aged. Each glass of wine contains four milligrams of THC (16 milligrams in the whole bottle), which, according to the company’s website, is enough to get you “giggly and naked” after a few glasses.

“We wanted to excite the rebellious spirit in Americans through innovation,” said Chip Forsythe, Rebel Coast co-founder and CEO, in a press statement, “so we took two world-class California products—marijuana and wine—and created a patent-pending process that resulted in a delicious, crisp and elegantly crafted Sauvignon Blanc that’s teed up to be a game changer for the wine and cannabis industries.”

The wine will cost $59.99 and will be available to Californians over 21 years of age beginning January 1st. Rebel Coast hopes to expand their offerings to rosé and sparkling wine over the coming year. Looks like it’s going to be a green, green 2018.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns