In the years since recreational marijuana legalization in Colorado, Philip Wolf, founder of Cultivating Spirits, has created a business that combines cannabis, food and wine tastings.
Now Wolf and his new business partner Branden Nadon want to expand the business into California and Nevada, which also has legalized recreational marijuana. They also want to expand into other Colorado locations.
Wolf’s idea to blend marijuana with a wine pairing experience came to him while he was visiting Barcelona, Spain. He was at a wine tasting, and realized that tourists seek out specialized experiences. As someone who had been working in the cannabis industry since its founding, he began to connect the two.
After doing research, Wolf began pairing the terpenes, the organic compound that produces the aroma in marijuana plants, with food and wine.
Cultivating Spirits offers private events. The basic package includes a three-course gourmet meal with wine designed to match the specific strains and terpenes of marijuana. Much of the experience is about educating customers about not only better ways to consume, but ways to make marijuana use safer, Wolf said.
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