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About Rick Bakas
Rick Bakas

Certified Sommelier, Cannabis Business Owner, Pit Master Wannabe

Depending on how you look at it, I’m either a sommelier who likes to travel and cook, or a traveler who likes to eat and drink. What’s more important to note is you and I like the same things in life.

A good conversation over a delicious meal is one of the few communal luxuries in life. I’m fortunate enough to be able to make a living traveling around the world and sharing people’s stories. From winemakers to chefs and everyone in between—there are so many stories to share, and that’s what this site is about.

I’m a certified sommelier (and a contributing writer) in the Court of Master Sommeliers community. My expertise lies in understanding grapes and growing regions around the world and explaining why food and drink pairings work (or don’t work).

Along the way I began growing cannabis to help my mom, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. In 2018, I co-founded a cannabis delivery company called Flowsent in the San Francisco bay area. In the early days of Flowsent I did the buying and had visibility into all the cannabis products available in California.

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Candy Chrome by Sovereign 🏆

Candy Chrome by Sovereign 🏆

Candy Chrome cultivated by @sovereign_707 and bred by @wyeast_farms is a cross of Runtz and The Menthol. It’s very flavorful and although the minty fuel of The Menthol overpowers it, It has a slight fruit sweetness from the Runtz. Candy Chromes’ high potency should...

Uncle Jesse’s Collective Sour Diesel

Uncle Jesse’s Collective Sour Diesel

I've learned more about Sour Diesel this year that any other strain of all time. There are so many cultivars, each with its own flavor and set of effects. It's easy to become obsessive about it because it's amazingly high in terpenes and cannabiniods and the flavor...

The Top 22 Cannabis Strains of 2020

The Top 22 Cannabis Strains of 2020

If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's the fact this year sucked. If there's one thing we don't all agree on (besides politics) is which strains were the best strains of 2020. The year wasn't all bad, 2020 provided ample opportunity to partake in my favorite...