• Onward 2016 Malvasia Bianca

Capp Inn Ranch-Suisun Valley. Just east of Napa Valley this is a light and pretty style with an aroma set of rosewater, orange blossoms, citrus and a grapefruit pith element. The palate is floral and mid weight with orange blossoms, and a vermouth-like grapefruit pith and almost quinine note. Quite balanced and versatile. D&M Tasting Notes

This wine was made with the goal of being true to the nature of an authentic Pétillant Naturel style wine; I encouraged native yeast fermentation, which was then finished in the bottle, and no sugar or other juice was added.

The Malvasia Bianca comes shining through with the bounty of floral aromas and yet, the fermentation esters that were captured in bottle add complexity and layers, creating a sensory journey that is reminiscent of her path. The stunning natural acid is a wonderful balance to the floral nose; night blooming jasmine, citrus blossom, melon rind, warm Kefir lime scones. Winemaker, Faith Armstrong-Foster



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.

Onward 2016 Malvasia Bianca

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  • SKU #: 7385
  • $18.99

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