Thursday, October 6, 2011


What Is "Green Wine" a.k.a. "Tree Wine" a.k.a. "Special" Wine?

In wine country, pot-infused wines are the open secrets that present themselves in unmarked bottles at the end of winemaker dinners and very VIP tours (it bears mentioning that most winemakers are cagey enough to keep the manufacture of such wines far from winery grounds). The wines range in style and intensity as broadly as “normal” wines and winemakers do. Some practitioners of the fruit-forward, higher-alcohol, New World style take a similarly aggressive approach to infusing wine. “I know a winemaker that takes a couple of barrels a year and puts a ton of weed in it and lets it steep, and that wine is just superpotent,” says a James Beard Award–winning chef, who also asked not to be named.

There is pot wine. (Marijuine?) There are also pot beers, pot cocktails, and pot consommés (!). Related: A Guide to Canabis.

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I was expecting wine made by druids and now I'm all bummed out.


"... most winemakers are cagey enough to keep the manufacture of such wines far from winery grounds." Well, obviously. They've been drinking pot. It's made them paranoid.


There's also the green wine the Austrians get so excited about every September.
(To the OP: My brother was recently invited to a very fancy wine-n-weed pairing dinner.)

Tuna Surprise

I'm having a hard time imagining what a 'very fancy' wine-n-weed pairing dinner has on the menu. Gourmet burritos? Homemade dorritos? Truffled grilled cheese?

Hot mayonnaise

@Tuna Surprise: I'm pretty sure that there is wine and weed and then you order food for delivery.

Caitlin Podiak

One year for my birthday I had a weed, wine & fried chicken luncheon and then we wandered around the MOMA afterward.


How to become VIP....


ooOOoo! I didn't know this was like a "real" thing. My freshman year of college, the kids in the dorm room next to mine made "Green Machine" which is pot-steeped vodka (NOT the awesome Naked Juice). We were all really anxious/nervous to try it, but it really was just the same as regular gross vodka, but with chunks of pot floating in it.


@heyad My friends do this too! They have vats of it sitting around, letting it steep. I have not tried it, because it looks/seems icky. But they all get like, soooo twisted, man.


Here I thought this was going to be about vinho verde...

Astronaut Mike Dexter

Okay, but it tastes awful, right?


I can see no way for this to taste like anything but crap. (Send samples and prove me wrong, stoned winemakers!)

fondue with cheddar

@Astronaut Mike Dexter Username love!

Astronaut Mike Dexter

@dinos I agree but also I should taste test that to be absolutely sure.


I'll be in my bunk. Because pot and to a lesser extent wine make me sleepy.


@laurel Also horny. No? Just me?


@tortietabbie totally.


I just imagine this smelling/tasting like bong water.

oh, disaster

Best paired with Cheetos, I assume.


bhang bhang bhang bhang


Color me skeptical that there's enough alcohol in wine to extract a significant amount of THC into the liquid.


My bro-in-law is a winemaker in CA. Obviously he is holding out on my husband and me!


Spicoli Vineyards, 2009 Chateauneuf du Pot. "Full-bodied, with notes of tobacco, ripe berry and skunk. An amusing little wine. Heh, heh... Actually, it's fuckin' hilarious, dude! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, wait, what? Let's go to Jack-in-the-Box."


@ejcsanfran hee hee

Totally unrelated ... but I wanna know. Did you wear your glittery eye patch to the SF meet-up?????


@meattubs: Meet-up isn't for another 2 weeks! And I'm not revealing anything until then...


@ejcsanfran Cool. I'll check back.


Still waiting for the obligatory "potted meat" discussion.

Caitlin Podiak

In California you can buy weed-infused olive oil, salad dressing, honey, ice cream, and body lotion, among other things, but I have yet to encounter weed-infused wine.




Hmm, seems like there is a profession out there for my pothead chef ex-boyfriend after all.


Sheesh, pot-infused wine? Why don't they just call it "Make me try to have sex with everyone at the table Juice"? or, better yet, "couple's counseling"

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