Wine and Weed: Chocolate is Always a Plus


 

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This is the real thing. Cocoa beans from the Caribbean.

 

Amanda Díaz de Hoyo

There is always someone who will look at you when enjoying a glass of wine and dark chocolate. One of my favorite chocolates are Forteza from Cortés. Cortes was the very first chocolate of my childhood. Yes, I know it was when I was over 6 yrs. Old. Chocolate and I had a very rough beginning. I was alla to some debris left in the process from cocoa to chocolate. In my prehistoric knowledge of chocolate, that hot chocolate and queso de papa from my abuela Sole’s kitchen had the most amazing smell ever.

So, I made it to that sad part of my life, enjoying every chocolate I couldn’t take before, on the precise moment. Since I have taste knowledge, I have always love very dark, tanic and sometimes bitter dark chocolate. So I have tasted some good Cabernets from Napa and Chile with chocolate. Also, chiantis, tempranillos –like the one I’m pairing with the Forteza Milk chocolate as I write this paragraph, a pretty dark milk one– and so many others. Just for the thrill of tasting!

It is not only about this chocolate, the Seis de Luberri Cosecha 2014 –not even a crianza from Spain, just a more simple one– goes well with the chocolate and the weed.

Tonight I have chosen a new hybrid Critical Kush. It is a very high one in THC, so it works perfect for me. The flavor of this kush is more terroir like. I really mean earthy, creamier and spiced weed in my tasting buds. With the chocolate goes very well. The cannabis enhances the some sweet flavors of the chocolate. It shows the spicy notes of the wine. So it is no big deal, a good hybrid, a good table wine and a good hybrid go together.

There is a reason why they match so perfectly. There are similar components in all 3 that work wonders on your brain. Let me keep this simple, the 3 together have a blast “on your feel good part of the brain”.

So keeping that in mind, you can work on how to pair foods, spirits and cannabis for you well being.

Let me add a disclaimer: You must be at home, relax, do not operated any machinery or social app, and do this in moderation. Be responsible with yourself and others.

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Wine and Weed: Cherry Wine Strain plus Real Wine


 

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Cherry Wine Strain. I took the picture!

My body is my lab. I have this scientific approach to everything in life nowadays. I really appreciate all my years as agricultural communicator for the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. A plus is my background as wine writer and humanistic approach to everything. This is not a CV just plain reality…so I write as nobody reads, that’s my philosophy.

Being an open book, true to my feelings I decided to shift to wine and weed in my Paquecepas blog. I write from the heart!

With this disclaimer or whatever it is, here I’m analyzing the flavors and effects of the strain cherry wine and Prophecy Red Blend, vintage 2015.

To increase my well being and knowledge, I had to take some steps. When I decided that my CLL was going to be treated with Ayurvedic medicine, spiritual guidance, pharmacological medicine and cannabis, I started out by contacting my dear friend and wine lover Dr. Jaime Claudio Villamil. And in my health ship, a great friend, Dr. Jose Caldera Nieves, is on board, as well as the understanding of my family. This is the great coupage not to a cure for leukemia, I do not expect that, I just want dignity. With that being said, my journey to a better life has been a learning process.

So I’m having a blend of wines from Washington state and California, I’m tasting the  cherry wine strain.

Let me make clear that I’m convinced that this is a hybrid, dominated by sativa. On this century, there are no pure strains due to evolution and breeding. I haven’t had this agricultural issue explained to my bud tender from my professor point of view.

I grinded my flowers and started trying them for the  anti inflamatory properties.

My taste buds are trained for wines and spirits, but here after vaping some of this cherry wine strain, the earthy, humid soil, a little flowery taste comes to mind. After some vaping, I felt a nice up feeling, very relaxed and there is no pain in my neck nodes.

I will have to see it the accumulative results of this strain will really alleviate my neck nodes. But there is something I am proud of, it goes well with the coupage. I really bet on this strain to pair with Zinfandels from California, Primitivo from Italy and even Priorats from Spain.

For now, the after taste is clean and long.

Remember, I’m not a weed guru, just a cannabis user and wine blogger. I came from the sublingual drops to cartridges to grinning. This is better understanding of what cannabis can do for you.

Be you, be well.

Amanda Díaz de Hoyo

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Wine and Weed: Tannins vs. Terpenes


 

Amanda Díaz de Hoyo

Some years ago I sent an email to my grown kids. If cancer comes by again in my life, no chemo or things like that. I had enough radiation for my neck while facing a thyroid cancer that I prefer to use a more logical approach. As a wine lover, enthusiast and journalist on enological matters, I surely prefer wine instead of medicines.

As I now know my diagnostic, CLL, or Chronic Lymphocitic Leukemia, caused by radiation for my previous scare, I turned to medical cannabis. Hopefully, Puerto Rico has the Medical Cannabis Law approved. There is a dispensary nearby my house! I decided without pain but with that stupid catholic guilt that cursed me since childhood, that I was going to use it.

With this disclaimer comes my adventurous wine and weed experience. After my trip to California, I left way behind my mixed emotions about cannabis. On my previous blog is what everybody should now, as recreational user or medical one.

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I learned about the Mandarin kush. My guru at the dispensary told me about this hybrid. A 60% indica and 40% sativa. It has a very citrus essence. So being a bud tender giving a review, I decided then to go for this one.

Being into wines, I began to wonder what chemical compound was behind weed. Wine have tannins but cannabis? Then I found out about terpenes.

Wines first, please. Tannins are in every wine. They are phenol substances, astringent, and soluble. They are on the skin and in the seeds of the grape. Winemakers, like my friend Carmelo Rodero, removes the seeds to minimize any harshness in the wine. One of the most renown tannins is resveratrol, good for your health. From heart diseases to stress due to cancer, you can find research studies about the benefits of resveratrol. Resveratrol by its name has been a super tannin since the French Paradox.

How about terpenes? I needed to find out due to my scientific approach to my disease. This is what I found out about them.

As a good student, I turned to Google. One of my favorite sites is www.leafy.com. So there I went. They have a great article 3 important terpenes on https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/benefits-of-cannabis-terpenes-ocimene-terpinolene-and-guaiol.

Ocimene is one of them. You can find it on other plants like mint, mangoes, orchids, basil, parsley, pepper and kumquats. Ocimene is anti everything: antiviral, anti fungal, antiseptic and antibacterial. Of course, is a decongestant. I didn´t know.

Terpinolene, another compound is anticancer, antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti fungal. It mainly comes from sativas. The last one, is guaiol, that is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.

You can find this substances in other plants from herbs to spices. It gives their distinctive aromas and affect the mood and the brain. Remember lavender or peppermint? They come naturally on weed and other plants.

Right now, I am pairing my Rasta kush, more sativa than indica hybrid, with a Bordeaux, 2011. No problem with that.

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Adeline Backstreet: Symbiosis of Wine and Weed


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By: Amanda Díaz de Hoyo

Lately I have been writing some columns in English for a web magazine. On my blog it will not be different, just a practice! I have done that before, doing my own translations, and here I am after an unforgettable trip to California, with my sister.

Wines, of course we will had some with delicious and fresh food; local beers, mainly artisan made and even apple cider, produced on a nearby county. There is no doubt about the array of cultures, food, religions, music and beliefs in California. Now days, when recreational marijuana has been approved, for some people in the wine country is going to be competition, for others more confusion and mental rush, and from an increasing amount of tourists means of pairing sativas and indicas, with Sauvignon Blanc or Zinfandel. What about the cannabis hybrids? Not so quick, please. This is a learning process.

As a new member of the medical cannabis society in Puerto Rico, I have to say that I have learned a lot. Since smoking pot was not my thing, just wine and food, but my body and cells have another point of view, I had to overcome the stigma that my Catholic upbringing –although I am agnostic now—had done in my mind. Catholic guilt, gone like forever. That was the first thing to get rid off.

After having my dispensary and my doses sorted out, and honestly I feel quite a relief from my illness, I was on my way to California for a week or so.

No problem, I thought, since California approved Medical Cannabis more than 20 years ago. Now, it has the recreational part included.

Look what I found out as a cannabis patient in the wine country. If you go to Solano County, the city of Vallejo, according to people from a dispensary, if you are not a resident of the state with a valid ID, you cannot buy medical or recreational marijuana.

If you go to Alameda County, Oakland to be exact, the county´s laws are different. You can have any proof of being US citizen and no problem.

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This ambiguity in a new law has many cons for cannabis patients traveling out of their areas. So, counties, states and territories must have reciprocity laws allowing patients with a valid cannabis license to buy their medicine.

In terms of wine and weed, there are several companies in California doing tastings of both. Some of them are: California Cannabis Tours, Sonoma Cannabis Company, MJ Tours. Just google their names.

Many of the tours start in Oakland, as Shawn, from Magnolia Wellness on Adeline Street, explained in my incursion for my pot. “Here we serve medical and recreational cannabis, with different strains, and also hybrids”, he added. Adeline, the name of my godmother comes again to Oakland, I thought.

With a sensorial experience with the one I had, a hybrid infused with tangerine and citrus flavors, mainly sativa, and that´s why I thought about the Savignon Blanc, or perhaps a Verderjo or Vinho Verde, will pair with it.

I have a long way to go, so do laws allowing patients to decide how to treat their conditions. I hope federal government can allow patients to travel with their doses and acknowledge their licenses in every jurisdiction of the USA, territories included.

Next, I suppose, there will be more tourists going to places like California, Colorado, Washington and other states that are feeling this new kinf of tourism. Last but not least, we went to Mendocino county, to visit a couple of wineries and you can smell cannabis on the road to the grapes. Symbiosis.

 

 

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