Onward Wines are single-vineyard, site-driven wines that are true expressions of the vineyards from which them come. Onward has a strong commitment to the environment, and believes that sound practices are not only essential for the survival of the wine industry, but also to produce the highest quality wine.

Winemaker Faith Armstrong will taste us through the following wines:

- 2016 Onward Pétillant-Naturel (Pet-Nat) of Malvasia Bianca (SRP $24)
- 2015 Onward Suisun Valley Malvasia Bianca (SRP $20)
- 2016 Onward Rosé of Pinot Noir (SRP $22)
- 2013 Onward Hawkeye Ranch Redwood Valley Pinot Noir (SRP $38)
- 2014 Onward Casa Roja Carignane from Contra Costa (SRP $30)

Faith is a true believer in personal connection, and there is a story behind each vineyard site and how it came to be part of the Onward portfolio. Faith likens her connection to these vineyards to that of one's favorite shirt or coffee mug or chair. Like a well worn fabric or a slightly chipped mug that may have initially caught her eye for its beauty, but over the years it has won her heart because it just feels right. When it comes to vineyards this happens too, and it is a combination of Faith's connection with the vines themselves and her connection with those that tend them. For Faith, the growers' hands are most definitely part of the terroir.

The Onward style is all about letting the vines speak. They are the art, Faith is the canvas, and her job is to give them a chance to share their beauty in each and every vintage. Faith's winemaking decisions are driven from the vineyard and the vintage. Her cellar practices are to uphold the truths found in the vineyard. To this end, grapes are picked early to preserve the balance of flavors at lower ripeness, as Faith believes this is when each vineyard is in its most unique expression of self.


2016 Onward Pétillant Naturel, Malvasia Bianca, Capp Inn Ranch, Suisun Valley

2016 Onward Pétillant Naturel, Malvasia Bianca, Capp Inn Ranch, Suisun Valley
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2016 Onward Pétillant Naturel, Malvasia Bianca, Capp Inn Ranch, Suisun Valley

Varietal Blend: 100% Malvasia Bianca
Appellation: Suisun Valley
Vineyard: Capp Inn Ranch

Suggested Retail Price: $24/750ml bottle  

This wine stays true to the nature of an authentic Pétillant Naturel style wine. Winemaker Faith encouraged native yeast fermentation, which finished in the bottle, with no sugar or other juice added.

The wine was moved from tank to bottle by gravity. Everything to do with bottling Pét-Nat has to be done by hand because she is still fermenting (meaning full of CO2 gas) and needs to be handled with care. The wine was bottled with a small amount of lees, allowing the fermentation to complete in bottle and left the wine un-disgorged (with sediment) in bottle. The bottles were aged while the fermentation finished, then labeled and left finished with a crown cap.

Tasting Notes: This Pét-Nat is floral and fruity, but refreshingly bone-dry. The opening aromatics are like sticking your nose in a fermentation vat, with yeasty brioche notes and lively youthful freshness. To follow are notes of night blooming jasmine, citrus blossom, melon rind, warm Kaffir lime scones with preserved lemon...and a refreshing hint of sea air....and did I mention soft tiny delicate bubbles!
2016 Onward Pétillant Naturel, Malvasia Bianca, Capp Inn Ranch, Suisun Valley

2016 Onward Pétillant Naturel, Malvasia Bianca, Capp Inn Ranch, Suisun Valley

2015 Onward Suisun Valley Malvasia Bianca

2015 Onward Suisun Valley Malvasia Bianca
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2015 Onward Suisun Valley Malvasia Bianca

Varietal Blend: 100% Malvasia Bianca
Appellation: Suisun Valley
Vineyard: Capp Inn Ranch

Suggested Retail Price: 20$/750ml bottle  

This is a benchmark example of cool-climate Malvasia Bianca, showcasing the pure expression of this varietal and the Capp Inn Ranch Vineyard site.
The Malvasia Bianca grapes were whole-cluster pressed and cold settled, then the clean juice was racked and fermented at cold temperatures. This wine was left to finish dry in stainless steel tank and then aged in stainless steel. During aging I stirred the lees in tank every two weeks for four months and then let the wine settle.

While the other two Onward Malvasias are about pushing stylistic approaches through winemaking techniques, this is her pure expression of self.

Tasting Notes: Delicate aromas of a melon patch on a warm, sunny day intertwined with night-blooming jasmine; layers of citrus, pear, Mirabelle plum and yellow quince flavors; and a refreshing, clean finish, thanks to its vibrant acidity.

This wine is delicately floral with layers of fruit and a backbone of minerality. She is elegant, pretty and oh, so approachable!
2015 Onward Suisun Valley Malvasia Bianca

2015 Onward Suisun Valley Malvasia Bianca

2016 Onward Rosé of Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley

2016 Onward Rosé of Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley
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2016 Onward Rosé of Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley

Varietal Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Redwood Valley
Vineyard: Hawkeye Ranch

Suggested Retail Price: $22/750ml bottle  

The Onward Rosé of Pinot is the result of an intentional rosé program, picked expressly for rosé and whole cluster pressed.

This Rosé is 100% Pinot Noir from Redwood Valley in northern Mendocino. The Pinot clusters were gently pressed to retain aromatics and bright acidity, additional complexity was gained by soaking on the skins for 8 hrs before completing the pressing cycle. The juice was then cold settled and the settled juice was fermented at cool temperatures in a stainless steel tank. Upon the completion of native fermentation, mouthfeel was enhanced by encouraging partial malolactic fermentation and performing battonage during élevage in neutral French Oak barrels.

Hawkeye Ranch is a family owned heritage vineyard site planted with Martini clone Pinot vines by the Johnsons in early 1970's and farmed organically and is Fish Friendly Certified.

Tasting Notes: This Rosé of Pinot Noir is loaded with a bounty of fresh strawberry, raspberries and citrus blossom and nicely balanced with savory complexity of dried hibiscus tea and refreshing minerality of wet stone.
This wine has a full round mouthfeel and is balanced with vibrant acidity which allows it to age beautifully and be extremely food friendly. She is serious on the inside, but she is openly loving with a contagious smile.
2016 Onward Rosé of Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley

2016 Onward Rosé of Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley

2013 Onward Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley

2013 Onward Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley
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2013 Onward Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley

Varietal Blend: 
Appellation: Redwood Valley
Vineyard: Hawkeye Ranch

Suggested Retail Price: $38/750ml bottle  

The cool-climate vineyard site combined with gentle handling at every stage is central to the core expression of this wine. These heritage Martini clone vines were planted at Hawkeye Ranch in the 1970s by the Johnson's, the clone selected by the legendary Louis Martini himself, and now quite rare as most of the older vines have been replanted. This clone thrives here, and the crop load and vine vigor are naturally balanced, allowing for an organic farming style that promotes slow, steady fruit maturation. This gives rise to wonderfully delicate, yet highly textured, full-bodied wine.

The fruit was de-stemmed and the whole berries transferred to open-top fermentation tanks to cold soak for seven days prior to native fermentation, which allows for delicate extraction and adds complexity. Gentle extraction was ensured by performing punchdowns to mix the must, and maintaining moderate temperatures throughout fermentation. After fermentation, the wine was pressed and sent to barrel, where native malolactic fermentation was encouraged (by stirring and keeping them cozy). The wine aged in ~20% new French oak barrels, with the balance in neutral French oak barrels. To enhance palate weight and mouthfeel, the wine was left in contact with light lees and gently stirred. The wine was aged for 12 months in barrel and then receives an additional 12 months of bottle age before initial release.

Tasting Notes: This wine draws you in with alluring aromas of red cherry, violets and geranium blossom emanating from the glass. On the palate, the wine is layered with rich flavors of cranberry, huckleberry and rhubarb, with a touch of warm forest floor adding intrigue. The tannins are velvety, and the finish lingers on and on with notes of currant jelly and spice.This wine is inviting and pretty in the gentlest of ways. Like a sincere friend that will always be there for you, she is truly genuine and so very generous.
2013 Onward Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley

2013 Onward Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley

2014 Onward Carignane, Casa Roja Vineyard, Contra Costa County

2014 Onward Carignane, Casa Roja Vineyard, Contra Costa County
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2014 Onward Carignane, Casa Roja Vineyard, Contra Costa County

Varietal Blend: 
Appellation: Contra Costa County
Vineyard: Casa Roja

Suggested Retail Price: $30/750ml bottle  

This vineyard lies along the edges of both the San Francisco and Suisun Bays. Walking in the vineyard is like walking on a beach, as it sits on 100% sandy soils, giving rise to smaller, hardy bush vines. The vines have been trained so the fruit is shaded from the wind and sun and the result is an intensity of flavors that opens to black fruits with a soft lushness due to the maturity of the tannins and the intensity of the site. The cool breezes from the bays result in a wonderful retention of acidity that is often lost in warm climates.

While this block is predominantly Carignane, it has some Mourvèdre and Malvasia Nero interplanted in it. The vineyard is leased and farmed by Dan Gonsalves. It is affectionately called Casa Roja, named by the locals years ago. Dan's family have been grape growers in Contra Costa for over 100 years, this vineyard is sustainably farmed and also dry farmed.

A layer of whole cluster was placed at the bottom of the fermentor, then the remaining fruit was de-stemmed and the whole berries transferred to the open-top fermentation tanks to cold soak prior to native fermentation, which allows for delicate extraction and adds complexity. Gentle extraction was ensured also by performing punchdowns to mix the must, while higher temperatures are encouraged here to soften tannins. After fermentation, the wine was pressed and sent to neutral French oak barrels, where native malolactic fermentation was encouraged (by keeping them cozy with some stirring).

Tasting notes: The aromas open with fresh fruits: sun-drenched brambleberries and plum, moving into spiced fruit compote, warm plum upside-down cake, while hints of rose wood and violets dance about the palate which is velvety, with lush tannins and a vibrant acidity to bring it all together.
This wine is full of plush, dark fruit and baking spice. She is complex and layered but greets you the way a beloved grandmother would, with open arms.
2014 Onward Carignane, Casa Roja Vineyard, Contra Costa County

2014 Onward Carignane, Casa Roja Vineyard, Contra Costa County

Winemaker Faith Armstrong

Winemaker Faith Armstrong
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Winemaker Faith Armstrong

As refreshing as the Pétillant Naturel she makes of Malvasia Bianca, many of the words used to describe Faith Armstrong Foster's wine could be used to describe the winemaker herself. Honest, vibrant, unfiltered, true to her origins, bright, complex. To get to know Faith, taste one of her wines and then ask her a question about how it is made. Sit back and relax. You are about to be introduced to her passion.

Born on a tiny island in British Columbia, Canada, traveling to school in a little boat called the Onward, Faith could hardly have seen her future as a winemaker, even with a crystal ball.

After working in marketing and sales in the boating industry in Canada, Faith discovered her interest in winemaking by taking a position in wine promotion, marketing and sales in California. The more she learned about wine, the more her interest in grew. Her leap into production came from spending a day helping out at a winery, she shoveled her first fermentor and was hooked.

What followed was a full Regents Scholarship to the University of California at Davis, and a Degree in Viticulture and Enology with Highest Honors in 2006.
After graduation, Faith began working for Frank Family Vineyards, where she was soon promoted to Assistant Winemaker. Her husband, Sean Foster, is also a winemaker, and the demands of a growing family (four children), contributed to the decision to go into business for herself.

Purchasing her first grapes in 2009 from a Mendocino grower whose practices she admired, Faith launched her own brand. Seeking a name for her wine provided the opportunity to pay homage to her unusual childhood by choosing the name of the little boat in which she went to school every day. The name Onward equally referenced her natural approach to winemaking, honoring the history and authenticity of the grape and the vineyard site. The name and the label represent the essential philosophy of Faith's winemaking. Passion. Care. Connection. Respect for the environment and the grape's essence...it's heart. This is Onward Wine and Faith is at the helm.
Winemaker Faith Armstrong

Winemaker Faith Armstrong

2015 Onward Pét-Nat
2016 Onward Pétillant Naturel, Malvasia Bianca, Capp Inn Ranch, Suisun Valley
2015 Onward Malvasia Bianca
2015 Onward Suisun Valley Malvasia Bianca
2016 Onward Pinot Noir Rosé
2016 Onward Rosé of Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley
2013 Onward Hawkeye Pinot
2013 Onward Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley
2014 Onward Carignane
2014 Onward Carignane, Casa Roja Vineyard, Contra Costa County
Winemaker Faith Armstrong
Winemaker Faith Armstrong

2016 Onward Pétillant Naturel, Malvasia Bianca, Capp Inn Ranch, Suisun Valley

2016 Onward Pétillant Naturel, Malvasia Bianca, Capp Inn Ranch, Suisun Valley
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2016 Onward Pétillant Naturel, Malvasia Bianca, Capp Inn Ranch, Suisun Valley

Varietal Blend: 100% Malvasia Bianca
Appellation: Suisun Valley
Vineyard: Capp Inn Ranch

Suggested Retail Price: $24/750ml bottle  

This wine stays true to the nature of an authentic Pétillant Naturel style wine. Winemaker Faith encouraged native yeast fermentation, which finished in the bottle, with no sugar or other juice added.

The wine was moved from tank to bottle by gravity. Everything to do with bottling Pét-Nat has to be done by hand because she is still fermenting (meaning full of CO2 gas) and needs to be handled with care. The wine was bottled with a small amount of lees, allowing the fermentation to complete in bottle and left the wine un-disgorged (with sediment) in bottle. The bottles were aged while the fermentation finished, then labeled and left finished with a crown cap.

Tasting Notes: This Pét-Nat is floral and fruity, but refreshingly bone-dry. The opening aromatics are like sticking your nose in a fermentation vat, with yeasty brioche notes and lively youthful freshness. To follow are notes of night blooming jasmine, citrus blossom, melon rind, warm Kaffir lime scones with preserved lemon...and a refreshing hint of sea air....and did I mention soft tiny delicate bubbles!
2016 Onward Pétillant Naturel, Malvasia Bianca, Capp Inn Ranch, Suisun Valley

2016 Onward Pétillant Naturel, Malvasia Bianca, Capp Inn Ranch, Suisun Valley

2015 Onward Suisun Valley Malvasia Bianca

2015 Onward Suisun Valley Malvasia Bianca
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2015 Onward Suisun Valley Malvasia Bianca

Varietal Blend: 100% Malvasia Bianca
Appellation: Suisun Valley
Vineyard: Capp Inn Ranch

Suggested Retail Price: 20$/750ml bottle  

This is a benchmark example of cool-climate Malvasia Bianca, showcasing the pure expression of this varietal and the Capp Inn Ranch Vineyard site.
The Malvasia Bianca grapes were whole-cluster pressed and cold settled, then the clean juice was racked and fermented at cold temperatures. This wine was left to finish dry in stainless steel tank and then aged in stainless steel. During aging I stirred the lees in tank every two weeks for four months and then let the wine settle.

While the other two Onward Malvasias are about pushing stylistic approaches through winemaking techniques, this is her pure expression of self.

Tasting Notes: Delicate aromas of a melon patch on a warm, sunny day intertwined with night-blooming jasmine; layers of citrus, pear, Mirabelle plum and yellow quince flavors; and a refreshing, clean finish, thanks to its vibrant acidity.

This wine is delicately floral with layers of fruit and a backbone of minerality. She is elegant, pretty and oh, so approachable!
2015 Onward Suisun Valley Malvasia Bianca

2015 Onward Suisun Valley Malvasia Bianca

2016 Onward Rosé of Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley

2016 Onward Rosé of Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley
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2016 Onward Rosé of Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley

Varietal Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Redwood Valley
Vineyard: Hawkeye Ranch

Suggested Retail Price: $22/750ml bottle  

The Onward Rosé of Pinot is the result of an intentional rosé program, picked expressly for rosé and whole cluster pressed.

This Rosé is 100% Pinot Noir from Redwood Valley in northern Mendocino. The Pinot clusters were gently pressed to retain aromatics and bright acidity, additional complexity was gained by soaking on the skins for 8 hrs before completing the pressing cycle. The juice was then cold settled and the settled juice was fermented at cool temperatures in a stainless steel tank. Upon the completion of native fermentation, mouthfeel was enhanced by encouraging partial malolactic fermentation and performing battonage during élevage in neutral French Oak barrels.

Hawkeye Ranch is a family owned heritage vineyard site planted with Martini clone Pinot vines by the Johnsons in early 1970's and farmed organically and is Fish Friendly Certified.

Tasting Notes: This Rosé of Pinot Noir is loaded with a bounty of fresh strawberry, raspberries and citrus blossom and nicely balanced with savory complexity of dried hibiscus tea and refreshing minerality of wet stone.
This wine has a full round mouthfeel and is balanced with vibrant acidity which allows it to age beautifully and be extremely food friendly. She is serious on the inside, but she is openly loving with a contagious smile.
2016 Onward Rosé of Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley

2016 Onward Rosé of Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley

2013 Onward Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley

2013 Onward Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley
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2013 Onward Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley

Varietal Blend: 
Appellation: Redwood Valley
Vineyard: Hawkeye Ranch

Suggested Retail Price: $38/750ml bottle  

The cool-climate vineyard site combined with gentle handling at every stage is central to the core expression of this wine. These heritage Martini clone vines were planted at Hawkeye Ranch in the 1970s by the Johnson's, the clone selected by the legendary Louis Martini himself, and now quite rare as most of the older vines have been replanted. This clone thrives here, and the crop load and vine vigor are naturally balanced, allowing for an organic farming style that promotes slow, steady fruit maturation. This gives rise to wonderfully delicate, yet highly textured, full-bodied wine.

The fruit was de-stemmed and the whole berries transferred to open-top fermentation tanks to cold soak for seven days prior to native fermentation, which allows for delicate extraction and adds complexity. Gentle extraction was ensured by performing punchdowns to mix the must, and maintaining moderate temperatures throughout fermentation. After fermentation, the wine was pressed and sent to barrel, where native malolactic fermentation was encouraged (by stirring and keeping them cozy). The wine aged in ~20% new French oak barrels, with the balance in neutral French oak barrels. To enhance palate weight and mouthfeel, the wine was left in contact with light lees and gently stirred. The wine was aged for 12 months in barrel and then receives an additional 12 months of bottle age before initial release.

Tasting Notes: This wine draws you in with alluring aromas of red cherry, violets and geranium blossom emanating from the glass. On the palate, the wine is layered with rich flavors of cranberry, huckleberry and rhubarb, with a touch of warm forest floor adding intrigue. The tannins are velvety, and the finish lingers on and on with notes of currant jelly and spice.This wine is inviting and pretty in the gentlest of ways. Like a sincere friend that will always be there for you, she is truly genuine and so very generous.
2013 Onward Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley

2013 Onward Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley

2014 Onward Carignane, Casa Roja Vineyard, Contra Costa County

2014 Onward Carignane, Casa Roja Vineyard, Contra Costa County
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2014 Onward Carignane, Casa Roja Vineyard, Contra Costa County

Varietal Blend: 
Appellation: Contra Costa County
Vineyard: Casa Roja

Suggested Retail Price: $30/750ml bottle  

This vineyard lies along the edges of both the San Francisco and Suisun Bays. Walking in the vineyard is like walking on a beach, as it sits on 100% sandy soils, giving rise to smaller, hardy bush vines. The vines have been trained so the fruit is shaded from the wind and sun and the result is an intensity of flavors that opens to black fruits with a soft lushness due to the maturity of the tannins and the intensity of the site. The cool breezes from the bays result in a wonderful retention of acidity that is often lost in warm climates.

While this block is predominantly Carignane, it has some Mourvèdre and Malvasia Nero interplanted in it. The vineyard is leased and farmed by Dan Gonsalves. It is affectionately called Casa Roja, named by the locals years ago. Dan's family have been grape growers in Contra Costa for over 100 years, this vineyard is sustainably farmed and also dry farmed.

A layer of whole cluster was placed at the bottom of the fermentor, then the remaining fruit was de-stemmed and the whole berries transferred to the open-top fermentation tanks to cold soak prior to native fermentation, which allows for delicate extraction and adds complexity. Gentle extraction was ensured also by performing punchdowns to mix the must, while higher temperatures are encouraged here to soften tannins. After fermentation, the wine was pressed and sent to neutral French oak barrels, where native malolactic fermentation was encouraged (by keeping them cozy with some stirring).

Tasting notes: The aromas open with fresh fruits: sun-drenched brambleberries and plum, moving into spiced fruit compote, warm plum upside-down cake, while hints of rose wood and violets dance about the palate which is velvety, with lush tannins and a vibrant acidity to bring it all together.
This wine is full of plush, dark fruit and baking spice. She is complex and layered but greets you the way a beloved grandmother would, with open arms.
2014 Onward Carignane, Casa Roja Vineyard, Contra Costa County

2014 Onward Carignane, Casa Roja Vineyard, Contra Costa County

Winemaker Faith Armstrong

Winemaker Faith Armstrong
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Winemaker Faith Armstrong

As refreshing as the Pétillant Naturel she makes of Malvasia Bianca, many of the words used to describe Faith Armstrong Foster's wine could be used to describe the winemaker herself. Honest, vibrant, unfiltered, true to her origins, bright, complex. To get to know Faith, taste one of her wines and then ask her a question about how it is made. Sit back and relax. You are about to be introduced to her passion.

Born on a tiny island in British Columbia, Canada, traveling to school in a little boat called the Onward, Faith could hardly have seen her future as a winemaker, even with a crystal ball.

After working in marketing and sales in the boating industry in Canada, Faith discovered her interest in winemaking by taking a position in wine promotion, marketing and sales in California. The more she learned about wine, the more her interest in grew. Her leap into production came from spending a day helping out at a winery, she shoveled her first fermentor and was hooked.

What followed was a full Regents Scholarship to the University of California at Davis, and a Degree in Viticulture and Enology with Highest Honors in 2006.
After graduation, Faith began working for Frank Family Vineyards, where she was soon promoted to Assistant Winemaker. Her husband, Sean Foster, is also a winemaker, and the demands of a growing family (four children), contributed to the decision to go into business for herself.

Purchasing her first grapes in 2009 from a Mendocino grower whose practices she admired, Faith launched her own brand. Seeking a name for her wine provided the opportunity to pay homage to her unusual childhood by choosing the name of the little boat in which she went to school every day. The name Onward equally referenced her natural approach to winemaking, honoring the history and authenticity of the grape and the vineyard site. The name and the label represent the essential philosophy of Faith's winemaking. Passion. Care. Connection. Respect for the environment and the grape's essence...it's heart. This is Onward Wine and Faith is at the helm.
Winemaker Faith Armstrong

Winemaker Faith Armstrong

Onward/Farmstrong 2017 Wine Releases

Hello and welcome to Charles Communications Associates' Brandlive event with Onward Wines, featuring winemaker Faith Armstrong and her current spring releases

Faith and co-host Kimberly Charles (Founder of Charles Communications) will guide us through the following wines: 2016 Onward Pet Nat of Malvasia Bianca (SRP $24), 2015 Onward Suisun Valley Malvasia Bianca (SRP $20), 2016 Onward Rose of Pinot Noir (SRP $22), 2013 Onward Hawkeye Ranch Redwood Valley Pinot Noir (SRP $38), and 2014 Onward Casa Roja Carignane from Contra Costa (SRP $30).

To learn more about Onward Wines, please visit www.onwardwines.com and follow @OnwardWines. We also welcome you to use the hashtag #OnwardLive during the tasting. (Feel free to tag @CharlesComm as well!).  A votre sante! 

Onward Wines are single-vineyard, site-driven wines that are true expressions of the vineyards from which them come. Onward has a strong commitment to the environment, and believes that sound practices are not only essential for the survival of the wine industry, but also to produce the highest quality wine.

Winemaker Faith Armstrong will taste us through the following wines:

- 2016 Onward Pétillant-Naturel (Pet-Nat) of Malvasia Bianca (SRP $24)
- 2015 Onward Suisun Valley Malvasia Bianca (SRP $20)
- 2016 Onward Rosé of Pinot Noir (SRP $22)
- 2013 Onward Hawkeye Ranch Redwood Valley Pinot Noir (SRP $38)
- 2014 Onward Casa Roja Carignane from Contra Costa (SRP $30)

Faith is a true believer in personal connection, and there is a story behind each vineyard site and how it came to be part of the Onward portfolio. Faith likens her connection to these vineyards to that of one's favorite shirt or coffee mug or chair. Like a well worn fabric or a slightly chipped mug that may have initially caught her eye for its beauty, but over the years it has won her heart because it just feels right. When it comes to vineyards this happens too, and it is a combination of Faith's connection with the vines themselves and her connection with those that tend them. For Faith, the growers' hands are most definitely part of the terroir.

The Onward style is all about letting the vines speak. They are the art, Faith is the canvas, and her job is to give them a chance to share their beauty in each and every vintage. Faith's winemaking decisions are driven from the vineyard and the vintage. Her cellar practices are to uphold the truths found in the vineyard. To this end, grapes are picked early to preserve the balance of flavors at lower ripeness, as Faith believes this is when each vineyard is in its most unique expression of self.



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