The Pot Sommelier: Weed Next to Wine at the Dinner Table

Article by Polly Mosendz, Bloomberg via Financial Review

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To your left, a fork and a wineglass. To your right, a pipe for your pot.

The pipe, with lighter and ashtray, are yours to keep at the end of a meal catered by Cultivating Spirits, which pairs dishes with wines and – it promises – just the right kind of cannabis.

“We are adding a third layer onto your dinner experience,” said its 31-year-old founder, Philip Wolf, who started the Silverthorne, Colorado company in early 2014. Wolf has two full-time employees and, after bootstrapping for two years, recently received a verbal commitment for a $US400,000 ($533,000) investment.

He’s one of the nation’s first accredited cannabis sommeliers, having completed two levels of schooling at the Trichome Institute in Denver. It’s one of a handful of such schools, greatly outnumbered by the many certification programs for wine sommeliers. The legal-marijuana industry is in its infancy, with recreational use permitted in Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington D.C. and it’s on the ballot in eight US states this year.

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