Burien Natives Create Fundraiser in Hopes of Becoming Winemakers


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by Scott Schaefer

Three Burien natives – all friends since childhood – have created a Kickstarter fundraising campaign with the hopes of raising enough money to establish “Chaaronick Cellars,” which they say will spread “love amongst family, friends, and winos alike.”

Aaron Jacobson, Charlie Johnson and Nick Reynolds grew up together in Burien and graduated from Highline and Kennedy High Schools in 2008.

They are now trying to create a new business – making wine – by utilizing the online fundraising website Kickstarter.

As of Wednesday (July 25), they’ve raised $920 out of a projected target of $3,000. They have 40 days left to raise the rest of their goal. According to Kickstarter:

This project will only be funded if at least $3,000 is pledged by Thursday Aug 30, 9:56pm PDT.

“The three of us all went to grade school in Burien,” Jacobson told The B-Town Blog. “Our families have all lived here since we were born. About a year ago we had an idea to make wine. Right off the bat we decided that we wanted to start with a large batch and continuously grow each year. Having researched, we’ve seen a lot of wineries have blown up and become commercialized. We want no part in that. We want to keep it local.”

Jacobson adds that their idea “breathes family, friends, and love.”

“Once the first vintage is bottled we plan to drop it off at all of the Olde Burien restaurants,” he said. “We want to share it with family and friends. The three of us are very family oriented and make sure to keep in touch with where we were bred.”

The process hasn’t started though, as the three are currently waiting for grapes.

“Being college students we do not have a lot of money to spend on supplies and equipment,” Jacobson added. “We are hoping for outside funding, hence the Kickstarter! It has already started and we are doing well with raising the money. We still have a wise to go though!”

All the money raised will go straight into their new venture.

Jacobson currently works at The Tin Room Bar, so he may know a thing or two about wine.

To help these local guys out, click here and donate online via Kickstarter.

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