Chip Forsythe, originally from Texas, moved out to California on a college wrestling scholarship. A perhaps unlikely sommelier, he is now the creator of the world’s first non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused wine.
Upon arrival at California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo, he was thrilled to find he had the option to get a degree in winemaking.
Over the next 5 years, he threw himself into the craft apprenticing every harvest under a different winemaker while simultaneously stealing grapes from vineyards to make wine for his dorm buddies in trashcans.
After graduating in 2009 and armed with eight grand in unspent student loan money, Chip founded his first winery, Slo Down Wines with some friends making a wine called Sexual Chocolate. In 2011 Chip sold his share of the company to his co-founders and set up Rebel Coast Winery in 2012.
Rebel Coast Winery started off making a traditional red blend, Reckless Love (with alcohol) back in 2012. But, when cannabis became legal in California, Chip wasted no time saying “we knew if anyone was going to make weed wine it would be us.”
Under the same name as the brand, each glass of Rebel Coast has 10mg of THC — a small dose but enough to feel the effects in a safe and enjoyable way. The removal of alcohol also greatly reduces calories — traditional wines have around 150 calories per glass while Rebel Coast has only 49. Another added benefit to the bottle — no hangovers. “We created a better way to enjoy cannabis,” says Chip.Tags: alcohol, cannabis