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CBD-Infused Wine: High Expectations?

CBD-Infused Wine: High Expectations?


Posted on Jun 12, 2019

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A marijuana plant [source: medicalnewstoday.com]

The growing, using and selling of marijuana and certain related products has become legal in some countries and is being proposed to become legal in many more. Several beverage companies have begun to infuse their products with CBD, an ingredient found in marijuana and hemp. And now, even a few wineries have adopted the practice. We thought it was worth taking a deeper look.

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Woodinville Washington

John Bigelow

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Marta & Scott Rich

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Stunning views at Smith-Madrone.

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Winemaker Brian Carter

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The vineyards at Chateau Suduiraut.

While travelling from Bordeaux to Rioja last year, we made our first visit to Sauternes, a region synonymous with some of the best dessert wine in the world. It’s most famous resident, Château d’Yquem, is the only wine in the region classified as a Premier Cru Classé Supérieur. We spent a wonderful day at their next-door neighbor Château Suduiraut, a fine quality dessert wine in its own right. What we discovered was a winery with an uncompromising approach to winemaking that is producing excellent wine.

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Tim Blue on Adam’s Bench.

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A glass of Rosé at JM Cellars in Woodinville.

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