A Budding Relationship
Bay Area tour matches wine and weed
Story and photos by Ella Buchan
The bong has barely reached the back of the bus when the first cork is pulled. Armed with a bottle of grenache and a tower of plastic cups, host Michael Eymer maneuvers around inside the moving vehicle. The wine has warm notes of blackberry and hints of smoke, with a tart finish of sharp cranberry. It goes straight to my head, but then that’s to be expected: This wine has been infused with cannabis flowers, packing a little more punch than your typical porch pounder.
I’m on the debut “Wine and Weed” excursion with Cannabis Tours. Eymer founded the company in Colorado but is shifting focus to California, setting up a new base in West Oakland. With the legalization of recreational use, he spies a green goldmine in this
“This tour will be offered every week, and I’m also looking for lodging partners to expand into bespoke package holidays,” Eymer tells me. “There’s a lot of potential here.”
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