Friday Book Club: The New Chardonnay

“The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream” by Heather Cabot

Now here is a fun and fascinating topic to discuss that the reporter-turned-author Heather Cabot consolidates well in this book as she breaks down the radial evolution of social cannabis acceptance on a larger scare.

You find an array of thought-provoking interviews and experiences involving people on the front lines of the cannabis industry such as renowned cannabis entrepreneur Beth Stavola, pot pioneer and icon Snoop Dogg, and Snoop’s business partner Ted Chung.

There’s a lot to unpack here so let’s get started.

-Topic Focus-

Condensing all the information surrounding the relationships between cannabis and social justice, the prison system, modern cultural norms, politics, health supplements, and so much more but author Heather Cabot puts it all together in a fascinating fashion.

Tracking the journey of cannabis from when there were large scale disinformation campaigns to now, where we constantly see brands of cannabis products vying for public attention.

Breaking down just how much of modern society has shifted due to the gradual disintegration of the social stigma surrounding cannabis is absolutely interesting for study and discussion.

-About the Author-

Heather Cadot has a unique and varied host of experiences that lend to her credibility on this topic ranging from teaching at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, to being a keynote speaker, winning awards as a journalist, and more.

Author Heather Cadot also has experience pursuing journalism by serving as a former ABC News correspondent and co-anchor of ABC’s World News Now/World News This Morning and Today, GMA, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, and more.

She currently resides with her family in the New York area and serves on the J-school Alumni board as she pursues her journalistic endeavors.

-Reading Experience-

You don’t get far into “The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream” by Heather Cabot before it becomes clear that the author is conveying some very reliable and fascinating information in a professional level fashion. Her writing and communication skills are abundantly clear as she shares a very interesting look at the larger picture of the marijuana landscape.

Learning about how cannabis acceptance has influenced the culinary arts, seeing the progress of Snoop’s pot business, and reading about what kind of days Beth Stavola has helped this book to feel like a bit of an adventure.

It’s nice to see this incredible and tumultuous journey that cannabis has endured summarized in such an interesting fashion through the lens of several people who are deep into the industry.


“The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream” by Heather Cabot is a fun and enlightening read that intelligently summarizes the forward momentum that the cannabis industry has enjoyed in these recent years.

The focus on the journeys of several of the authors’ friends and contacts really helped to portray a broader perspective of modern cannabis culture and just how distinctly different it is from the days of “reefer” madness”, D.A.R.E programs, and similar programs.

If you want to get look at the larger picture of the cannabis industry and culture you can pre-order a copy of “The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream” by Heather Cabot here:

Noemi Gonzales

Noemi and her partner Joe are a dynamic duo that tackles a wide variety of business endeavors together and has a special place in their hearts for the Cannabis Industry. Years of experience in journalism, covering cannabis events, interviewing fascinating people in the cannabis industry, and hard research helps to keep us on our toes when it comes to reporting on the Cannabis industry

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