Born on a tiny island in British Columbia, Canada and traveling to school in a little boat called “Onward”, Faith Armstrong Foster 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 marketing and sales in California. The more she learned about wine, the more her interest grew. Her leap into production came from spending a day helping out at a winery, where she shoveled her first tank 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. A desire to work more closely with all aspects of the wine business, coupled with the demands of a growing family (four children), contributed to the decision to go into business for herself. With the purchase of her first grapes in 2009, Faith launched her own brand, which she named in homage to her unusual childhood, choosing the name of the little boat in which she went to school every day.
The Zinfandel vines from Hill Vineyard were planted in the early 1970s and are organically farmed by the Johnsons, who are fifth generation growers. The Onward Nouveau-style is the result of a 100% whole cluster semi-carbonic fermentation as often practiced in the Beaujolais region of France: - limiting skin contact time by pressing off mid-fermentation and then finishing the fermentation with only the juice. After alcoholic fermentation was complete, the wine was briefly settled in neutral French oak and then hand-bottled in December 2021 to maintain its youthful expression and interesting array of aromas and flavors.
The personality of this wine is unique, showing crunchy red fruits and bright acidity. Delicious slightly chilled—think: Beaujolais meets California Zinfandel!