Cannabis and wine pairings for the connoisseur

Published Jun 30, 2020 11:00 a.m. ET
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Perhaps you consider yourself to be an expert judge in matters of taste. You are a connoisseur, and weed and wine are one of your favorite pairings. There are a few tricks to remember if you want to ensure that your wine and weed gathering is a success. So let’s take a walk through the vineyard and immerse ourselves in the relaxed feelings derived from the Gelato strain joint while we plan your evening gathering.

Flavour profiles and aromas are an essential factor when deciding which wine is best with the strain of cannabis that you are serving. Cannabis strains have unique flavours and aroma profiles. Choosing a wine that compliments your bud is an art. An ideal pairing involves drinking a wine whose taste contrasts with the flavour profile of the cannabis that you are presenting to your guest.

Keep in mind that a positive contrast with the scent and taste of the strain of marijuana you have chosen makes a delicious and ideal experience for both you and your guests to enjoy.

What do the terpenes do?

Terpenes are a crucial compound that differentiates plants, flowers, spices, and herbs. Terpenes are also organic compounds and where cannabis gets its aromas and flavours. Terpenes are also in wine. The goal of pairing cannabis and wine is to have each component complement the other. Terpenes in cannabis are responsible not only for the pleasant and perhaps not so pleasant aromas but also the physiological effects associated with terpenes. Terpenes can help to treat pain, inflammation, and depression.

Does it matter what the strain of weed you have with your wine?

The strain of cannabis you choose will fall into one of three categories.

  • Sativa
  • Indica
  • Hybrid

If you are looking for your evening to be a relaxing full-bodied, high experience, an Indica-heavy strain is a great choice. For a big mental boost, look for a Sativa like the Mimosa strain, which can help to increase your energy levels. Hybrids, on the other hand, will provide you with the best of both strains combined.


Pairing your wine for an event is subjective to the gathering you wish to host. The pairing of your wine and cannabis ideally can depend on the environment or the venue where you are holding your gathering. If you are looking for a quiet wind down to the end of a hectic day, the strain to use could be a heavy Indica paired with a dense red wine. Remember, that the combination of heavy red wine and the strain of weed also being a heavy Indica is not the best choice for a dinner party. The combo could provoke a sleepy atmosphere that is not conducive to the dinner party you have planned.

The combination of wine and weed is usually an enjoyable experience; however, some variations can be a disaster for your dinner parties' outcome. Keep in mind that the alcohol content of your wine and the tannins will have a bearing on the effects of your weed and wine combo. Tannins are astringent compounds in wine grape skins. A wine that has a heavy presence of tannins will add to the cotton-mouth sensation that can be produced from certain weed strains.

Some of the wine to avoid if tannins are not your best friend and cause your mouth to dry out when indulging  in the strain of cannabis you enjoy the most are:

  • Zinfandels

  • Merlot

  • Red blends

  • Weed and wine combinations

    1. Overindulgence

    Care should be taken when pairing high ABV wine with cannabis. The avoidance of weed with ABV wines is perhaps, for some, a wise choice. The mixing of these two substances heightens the effect of each of the elements. For those that are new to the wine and weed pairing game, the smart word of advice is to go slow. Pairing a heavy wine with a strain of cannabis that has substantial medicinal benefits can be a disaster. Pairing both heavy hitters of wine and weed can produce a downer effect that could put everyone to sleep.

    2. White wine

    Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc have a dry, fruity crispness that is intertwined with tropical fruits. For the best weed accompaniment, Sativa or hybrid dominant strains like Super Silver Haze, Lemon Kush, or Pineapple Express are excellent choices for pairing and delivering a perfect evening buzz.

    3. Bold red wine

    Skywalker OG, Blueberry Kush, and Northern Lights are heavy Indica dominant strains, and they are best suited with a full-bodied wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Petite Sirah. Choosing a combination of this mix ensures the dark fruity and earthy aromas from the wine, and the strain you choose to complement each other to the fullest.

    4. Rose

    For the person who is unsure of what to pick, the Rose wine choice will do. This pairing is very versatile, as the higher acidity and neutral flavours pair well with a few good selections of weed strains. Cannabis strains that have a pronounced citrus terpene profile make a great pairing with Rose wines.

    A simple method of pairing the strain of cannabis you have with a wine of your choice is to remember that lighter strains of cannabis are best paired with white light fruity wines. The dark bolder wines are best to be  coupled with a more daring strain of cannabis. The lighter palate of fish and vegetables is excellent when paired with Sativa strains, whereas Indica is better to accompany heavier dishes like steaks and comfort foods.

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