Napa Valley-based House of Saka is vying to become the world’s first producer of sparkling cannabis wine. Through its Saka Wines subsidiary, the company is releasing a brand new range of cannabis-infused, alcohol-removed wines, which includes a sparkling brut rosé.
Saka first announced the lineup via a press release back in November 2018. According to the release, Saka blends “alcohol-removed” wines with a tasteless, odorless mix of THC and CBD. (By law, cannabis-infused wines cannot contain alcohol.)
Along with a still rosé (which will also be available in canned format), Saka’s cannabis-infused sparkling brut rosé is made using Napa Valley-sourced grapes. Each wine contains a mix of red and white grapes, with Pinot Noir driving the blends, and Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier completing them.
“Wine has been infused with cannabis for as long as we can find in sacred texts throughout history,” House of Saka founder Cynthia Salarizadeh said. “It is an appropriate time for a luxury line of products at the highest quality to enter the market.”
Saka Wines CEO Tracey Mason told Forbes consumers will feel the effects of the THC and CBD blend within 10 to 15 minutes. This is notably faster than other edible marijuana products, which take longer to kick in and can lead to safety concerns surrounding dosing.
In last year’s product announcement, Saka Wines said the still and sparkling rosés were “slated to reach shelves in Q1 of 2019,” and would be available in over 600 stores throughout California and Nevada. At the time of writing, however, it’s still unclear whether the wines have been released.
On the “Purchase” section of Saka’s website, the brand notes: “Saka will be available in California dispensaries by March 2019,” but there’s no further indication as to where and how to purchase them. (VinePair reached out to Saka for clarification on the availability of its wines but is still awaiting an answer.)
Saka would be wise to release these bottles as soon as possible, however. According to the recently-published CBD Drinks Report, cannabis drinks sales in the U.S. are set to pass the $1 billion mark by 2023. And plus, we want cannabis-infused bubbles.
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