Sativa and Sauvignon Blanc: Cannabis Wine Pairings
When it comes to thinking about a side that would pair nicely with a glass of wine, the age-old options are olives, grapes, charcuterie, etc. But, what about choosing strain of cannabis? Have you ever considered the fact that cannabis can go be an excellent accompaniment to a glass of red or white? In fact, it has become a new culinary trend to pair cannabis with food and wine. And it makes sense: different cannabis, food, and wine are all unique in profile, flavor, and experience.
Some cannabis consumers report becoming dizzy and nauseous when combining alcohol and bud, but this is almost always due to overindulging in the former. When consumed responsibly, a wine and cannabis are perfectly complementary. Cannabis and wine connoisseurs have managed to pair many different varietals with strains of cannabis to allow consumers to explore the smell and taste of both the wine and weed in a new way. Here are five ideas for next time you host a gathering.
Sauvignon Blanc and Amnesia Haze
A dry white wine like Sauvignon Blanc is wonderfully complimented by Amnesia Haze, an earthy Sativa strain with notes of citrus. The earthy tones will work the crispness of the wine, revealing a refreshingly balanced flavor profile.
Champagne with Jack Herer
Champagne, like most sparking wines, has a low sugar content and is best paired with spicy or fried foods. When pairing it with cannabis, look for spicy or earthy strains. Jack Herer contains notes of pine and wood, and is just the strain to enjoy with a glass of bubbly.
Merlot with Blue Cheese
Merlot had a bit of a downturn in popularity in the mid-aughts (thanks, Sideways!), but it’s making a hearty comeback. Merlot is medium-bodied, fruity and pairs well with rich flavors, so try indulging in a glass of merlot with a some Blue Cheese, an Indica. It smells like its namesake and will leave you feeling ultra-content.
Riesling with Northern Lights
Riesling is one of the most adaptable white wines. It can pair with almost anything, and is a great partner for some Northern Lights. Instead of contrasting, the fruity sweetness of the wine will combine with the sweet, citrus-y terpenes of the Northern Lights, elevating each.
Cabernet Sauvignon with White Widow
A full-bodied, dark red like Cabernet Sauvignon is beloved for its it strong fruity and peppery flavors. And when it comes to choosing a cannabis strain to enjoy with Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s a no-brainer. Such a full-bodied wine needs a strong, pungent, earthy strain to stand up to it, and White Widow is the one.
These are just a few suggestions to start you on your journey as a cannabis and wine pairing expert. You’ll find unique pairings of your own based on your own preferences and palate. To fully experience the flavor profiles of the strains, we recommend smoking out of a glass piece and using hemp wick to light your bud. Cheers!