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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.
Originally from Texas, Chip was a high school wrestler with bright future. He has steadily been doing his best to define what that bright future will be for himself. 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. 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’s responsibilities: Founder, CEO, Making amazing wine, getting the party started, ordering everything on amazon.
Kudos: Best Facial Hair Best Use of Ugly Suits
~ REBEL COAST WINERY TEAM MEMBER ~
~ REBEL COAST TEAM MEMBER ~
Doug, a born and raised cowboy from La Crescenta CA, has the biggest heart and personality this side of the barrel room. Part city slicker, part country heart-throb, Doug enjoys riding motorcycles off into the sunset and kicking salon doors in all over the country while on his wild adventures. He travels like Gypsy to make sure all our accounts are happy and well taken care of and never complains. Not that it’s a bad time judging by his text messages. Doug is a compassionate comrade, the voice of reason and is always willing to go the extra mile, especially when there is beer involved!
Doug’s responsibilities: Founder, California Regional Manager, starting fires, ensuring we have pool tables and hard liquor
Kudos: Best Smirnoff Icer Best Blue Steel Face
~ REBEL COAST TEAM MEMBER ~
So apparently they give accounting degrees to spider-monkeys. Denise is the ray of sunshine that every team needs to succeed. Her infectious exuberance and lust for life is literally a miracle given that she works with spreadsheets all day. But she likes it or something. She is literally the only reason none of us are in jail for messing up on our taxes. Denise also enjoys rock-climbing and is perpetually terrifying us with photos of herself hanging by a string from a sheer cliff-face in the middle of some god-forsaken desert.
Denise’s responsibilities: Operations, Smile policing the HQ and ensuring the wine we make actually end up in the right peoples hands (like there’s a wrong person’s).
Kudos: Best at getting stuff off shelves Best at counting higher than ten Best at smiling