Weed growers have rejoiced ever since cannabis was legalized in 2016. Since then, a new kind of Gold Rush has come to Northern California. The pot industry has boomed, resulting in nearly $2B of additional tax revenue to the state annually. But does this windfall come at a cost for California’s grape growers and wineries? How much farm property can be bought up as grow lots? And are the risks that weed farms pose to some of California’s finest appellations a cautionary tale to other states considering legalization?
We talk to wine writer, marketer, and friend of the pod Kathleen Wilcox, whose recent article in Wine Searcher exposed the risks that grape growers and wineries face. As more weed growers stake their claim in prime agricultural land, will vineyards be affected by smell and terpene drift?
I also continue my dive into springtime wines with the delicious 2019 JACK Winery Two Old Dogs Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. Get it from The Wine Spies using this link.