TW Ferm Co.
Paso Robles AVA
Embarking on exciting new wine projects on California's Central Coast
Founded by friends Paul Quinn and James Schreiner in 2012, TW Ferm Co. (Thomas William Fermentation Company) is a tiny new winery entity in Paso Robles that produces very limited amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, which they call “Straight Cab.” The winery name, Thomas William, comes from uniting Paul and James’ middle names, representing how their separate aspirations were turned into a collective dream. They share an excitement and knowledge for all things fermented (winemaking, distilling, and brewing), and under this new project, can enjoy sharing any and all craft beverage endeavors they choose to explore.
Paul Quinn and James Schreiner both grew up in Camarillo, California, but did not meet until their college years at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, located on the Central Coast. They discovered their mutual passion for wine while tossing artisan pizzas at a part-time job, and couldn’t help discussing winemaking, brewing, and all things fermentation. The friendship grew into a partnership as they decided to attempt winemaking together. They started with a Cabernet and Merlot, wanting to create an opulent and honest wine and the idea behind “Straight Cab” was ultimately born.
Paul and James also work at the well established Opolo Vineyards & Winery in Paso Robles, Paul as the Head Distiller (and previously as the Assistant Vineyard Manager) and James as the Assistant Winemaker. The experience and expertise they have gained at Opolo has certainly guided them in their own efforts as winemakers and winery owners. In 2014, they introduced two more Bordeaux varietals to the TW Ferm Co. brand, a Malbec and Merlot, and they hope to continue expanding the portfolio in the future. All of the fruit for TW Ferm Co. wines is sourced from Paul’s father’s vineyard in Paso Robles.
Paul and James have also jumped on the canned wine trend and created Porch Pounder canned wine in 2015. The brand offers a Rosé, Chardonnay, and Red Blend, all produced with premium quality fruit and made with convenience and sustainability in mind.
These two local businessmen are certainly embarking on exciting new wine projects on California’s Central Coast and we can’t wait to see how their future unfolds. We hope you enjoy this month’s Garagiste feature of TW Ferm Co!