Review: The Farm Winery, Paso Robles, CA

The dream started years ago when friends, Santiago & Mercedes Achaval from Argentina and Jim and Azmina Madsen from San Diego, met at a B&B in Paso Robles, CA in the 1980s. Santiago was smitten by the wine bug and decided, “Someday I am going to make wine!” With no formal training Santiago decided to start making wine and is now a renowned winemaker. After the last of their children flew the coup, Jim and Az had an empty nest. Restless, they returned to the B&B for a visit. It sparked the wine bug for Madsens. They made a call to their dear friend, Santiago, and in 2009, The Farm Winery became a reality. The Farm Winery is now on its fifth season of winemaking. The vineyards are located in the Adelaida District in Westside Paso Robles, with windy roads, massive oak trees with busy woodpeckers, free roaming cows, deer and turkey grazing, and more wildlife and landscape to mystify your inner being.

The Big Game celebrates the rivalry between the Rhone and Bordeaux regions. The grapes used are Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Syrah. It’s layered, complex, and mouth-filling. There is truly a flavor in it for everyone. Tasting notes: sweet cherry and very light oak aromatics; Black currant, blackberry, oak, mint, and dark cherry flavors experienced along whole palate. Food pairings: Veal a la Madsen (recipe to follow), grilled lamb, and T-bone steak. Thumbs up!

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