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Chip Forsythe - Winemaker
An amazingly driven individual and dynamic leader, Chip’s infectious personality and laughter make those around him instantly light up. Chip has a motorcycle and everyone should know that. In fact, if you meet him there’s a 200% chance the first words out of his mouth will be just that. There’s also a 3000% chance that he will use a ridiculous percentage to show his enthusiasm, 5000%.
Chip grew up in Texas and got a wrestling scholarship to come out to California for college at Cal Poly, in San Luis Obispo. First week of school he snuck onto a “party bus” with his fake ID, and unknowingly ended up on a 3-day wine tasting tour following the route of the movie “Sideways” through Santa Barbara. That was when Chip had his first bottle of wine, and got to see how winemakers lived and worked.
When he got home he quit wrestling, changed majors to Wine and Viticulture, got a job at a local winery and also started making wine in trashcans in his back yard. Being at the right place at the right time; he took the opportunity to plant his first vineyard his sophomore year of college. Every year after that Chip would take off winter quarter to work harvest studying under different winemakers in the Central Coast. All the while Chip was stealing grapes, making wine in trashcans and selling it to the kids in the dorms. Chip has been making wine for other wineries since 2004, and when he graduated in 2009, started a winery make one wine called Sexual Chocolate. Chip grew the winery and sold it in 2012. After a year of traveling, Chip founded Rebel Coast Winery with his brother, Doug Burkett and his sister, Kate Seiberlich.
Chip started making marijuana-infused wines when he got to Californian. It was always a late night; hush hush adventure, as different winemakers and professors passed down bits and pieces of knowledge along the way. Now that marijuana is legal in California, Chip’s goal is to be the first winemaker in America to legally lake and sell marijuana-infused wine.
Chip’s responsibilities: Founder, CEO, Making amazing wine, getting the party started, ordering everything on amazon.