Growing up in a large family on a remote island off the coast of British Columbia, I treasure memories of long evenings spent around the family table, sharing meals and stories. I have come to appreciate the ability of a glass of wine, when enjoyed with food, to allow an atmosphere of convivial communication to emerge among friends and family — the desire to sit and linger together, despite our current fast-paced lifestyles.
I have a strong commitment to our environment, and believe that sound practices are not only essential for the survival of the wine industry, but also produce the highest quality wine. To that end, I searched carefully to find vineyard sites that provide excellent fruit quality accompanied by earnestness on behalf of the grower. I am extremely proud to have formed long-term collaborative relationships with growers at Cerise Vineyards and Hawkeye Ranch, both of whom I highly respect.
Cerise Vineyards’ magnificent hillside location in the Anderson Valley provides an ideal climate for growing Pinot Noir. The vineyard terroir is further enhanced by the use of both Organic and Biodynamic viticulture methods with every practice being carried out meticulously.
The Johnson Family, owners of Redwood Valley’s Hawkeye Ranch, are fifth generation family farmers, and their strong sense of community and long-term commitment to sustainability shines through in this heritage vineyard, planted with old vine Martini Clone Pinot Noir.
Working exclusively with these cool climate vineyard sites, coupled with minimal intervention during the winemaking process, allows for the best expression of Pinot Noir.
I believe that integrity in the vineyard and the cellar are essential to producing wines that speak to their authenticity; this is key to Onward Wines.