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World first: winery creates cannabis-infused sauvignon blanc

World first: winery creates cannabis-infused sauvignon blanc

California's Rebel Coast Winery has announced the launch of the world's first alcohol-free, cannabis-infused wine.

The Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc replaces alcohol with organic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Rebel Coast CEO and co-founder Chip Forsythe said: “We wanted to excite the rebellious spirit in Americans through innovation, 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."

“Winemakers have been making infused wine for years, but no one developed a reliable method to remove the alcohol and infuse it with cannabis’ active ingredients in a way that wasn’t impacting the quality of the wine, so it appealed to both wine and cannabis aficionados,” added Rebel Coast Co-Founder Alex Howe. “Our infused wine is a premium product that we believe will be a hot, new dinner party trend across California and soon, the US. We also wanted to mimic the traditional wine drinking experience by incorporating a modest amount of THC in each serving with a quick effect - this is a product to be enjoyed by the masses.”

Rebel Coast’s grapes are grown in Sonoma County and fermented through a traditional winemaking process. Rebel Coast removes the wine’s alcohol and infuses each bottle of its premium Sauvignon Blanc with 16 milligrams of organic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient found in cannabis responsible for a euphoric high. The infusion incorporates essential fragrant oils called terpenes to give the wine "a pleasant marijuana aroma".

The wine isn't cheap at $US59.99 a bottle and is expected to ship early 2018, with plans to be distributed to more than 500 dispensaries across California by Green Reef Distributing, a licensed statewide cannabis distributor.

Rebel Coast also plans to release a cannabis-infused rosé and a sparkling wine, as well as a line of wines with medicinal benefits, but no psychotropic effects, in the second half of 2018.