After I met and tasted wine with Faith Armstrong, I came away feeling really good about the future of California wine. She’s a sweetheart, too! She’s a relative newcomer, having produced her first wine under the Onward label in 2009, a Pinot Noir from the Cerise Vineyard in Anderson Valley. Since then, she has added another Pinot Noir, which is her personal favorite to make and drink, from the Hawkeye Ranch Vineyard in Redwood Valley, as well as two versions of Malvasia Bianca—skin fermented and naturally sparking—and a rosé.
Her style is natural and honest, allowing the grapes and sites where they’re grown to speak for themselves. I generally don’t have more than one wine on the list from the same producer, and I currently have three Onward wines on the list. They’re that good!
Faith will be here to discuss her wines, including a new old vine Carignane she’s added to her lineup, over a five-course dinner prepared by Chef Chris Shepherd.
- Matt Pridgen, @wineherder
The following wines will be featured at the dinner, and will be available for retail purchase as well...
2015 Onward Malvasia Bianca Petillant Naturel, Suisun Valley
2015 Onward Skin Fermented Malvasia Bianca, Suisun Valley
2015 Onward Rosé of Pinot Noir, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley
2012 Onward Hawkeye Ranch Pinot Noir, Redwood Valley
2014 Onward Casa Roja Carignane, Contra Costa County