For a Valentine’s Day pairing, we wanted a combo that would lay the groundwork for a holiday dedicated to spending time with one’s significant other. To celebrate this couple’s day, a great wine is high up on the checklist for many people. While wine might traditionally be paired with chocolate or a fragrant cheese, (and either one would make a great follow-up to this pairing) we wanted a combination for a different kind of Valentine’s Day.
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For this week’s cannabis pairing, we’re trying Blackberry Kush with Louis Jadot’s Beaujolais-Villages, from a French company who has been producing wines in the Burgundy region since 1859. Paring wine with cannabis offers different challenges than pairings with beer. Most, (though not all) wine, packs a strong, fruity, and at least somewhat acidic flavor, calling for a strain with a distinctive, full bodied flavor for a balanced pairing. The taste of most cannabis strains would be lost alongside red wine.
There’s nothing like a high quality beer or wine to highlight the taste, and compliment the effects, of a great strain of cannabis. Just like pairing food with beer or wine, the right combination of beer and cannabis will bring out the nuances in the aroma of both your drink, and your strain that you might miss otherwise. Furthermore, the relaxing effects of alcohol and hops can round-out and mellow the stimulating effects of your chosen cannabis strain, which in some cases, is a welcome counterweight.