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Video on Foreign Affair Winery Making Pinot Noir Appassimento Style

Watch this short video as Proprietor Len Crispino talks about how Foreign Affair Winery embraces innovation at every level by turning the ‘weaknesses’ of this delicate, thin-skinned grape and transformed it into wine of elegance, beauty and grace.

Tasting Experiences at the Winery

Tasting Experiences:

Our tasting room is open daily* from 11 am to 5 pm.

Easter Hours: Good Friday – Open from 11 am to 3 pm Saturday, April 15 – Open from 11 am to 5 pm Easter Sunday – Closed Monday, April 17 – Open from 11 am to 5 pm

Drop by anytime and taste our premium wines, many sold exclusively at the winery. Discover the taste of our limited production big bold red wines and elegant white wines.

Our tasting experiences start at 3 wines for $10 (you pick your favourites, or let us guide you). At the tasting bar, the tasting fee is waived with a wine purchase.

In our tasting room browse through our complete wine portfolio, find that perfect gift of wine or gift card, and as the exclusive retailer in the Niagara Peninsula, check out the iconic line of Alessi housewares and kitchen utensils.

Foreign Affair Wine Club Members:

When Foreign Affair Wine Club members visit the winery be sure to let us know so you can take advantage of your member benefits:

– Complimentary tastings for you and up to 5 of your guests (6 people in total)

– Access to buy single bottles of wine when only sold in 6 and 12 bottle Collections at the winery

– Occasional special tastings of a new vintage or wines from our library collection

– 15% off wine accessories and gift items

Groups of 6 People or More:

If you are a group of 6 people or more, please call us at (905) 562-9898 or send an email to wineorders@foreignaffairwine.com and make an appointment so we can best accommodate you and your group.  We also offer Group Private Tasting Experiences for 6 or more people, click here for all the details.


*we are not open Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Easter Sunday


Vintages Article – Innovation Nation

A feature article in the September 17, 2016 issue of Vintages showcases Foreign Affair Winery as an innovator with the production of Apologetic Red.

In the article Len Crispino, proprietor of Foreign Affair Winery, is quoted, “When we began Foreign Affair in 2001, we wanted to add something new to the range of great wines being made here, so we focused on producing only appassimento-style wines… there was no guidebook to follow in Ontario, and we lost a lot of grapes to missteps in the early years. Grape drying is an exacting process, and there are no shortcuts. Over time, we developed a 57-step ‘continuum of care’, from vineyard to bottle, to ensure quality at all stages. We now make red and white appassimento wines, and we are the first to produce an Amarone-style rose. It has been a hard road, but challenging expectations is how you grow.”


Meet Moosimo!

Moosimo is the larger-than-life Canadian moose that greets visitors at the entrance to the winery. He arrived at the winery in 2015 and has already appeared in hundreds of photos and has become a social media darling! Visit Moosimo anytime (he’s like our doorman) and to taste and buy wine, visit us inside the winery 7 days a week from 11 am and 5 pm.

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Contest Winners for Private In-Home Wine Tasting Contest!

Congratulations to the following winners which were picked on March 28, 2017:



P. Di Battista

R. Monahan

P. and J. Leece

We held our first Private In-Home Wine Tasting Contest and had an overwhelming response! We really appreciate all the support of our Foreign Affair Winery Ambassadors!

Foreign Affair Winery’s Sommelier Ed Haddon is excited about the big bold red, elegant white wines and barrel samples from the 2015 vintage that all the winners, and their guests, will taste.  Ed will bring the wine, glasses and cheese and all the winners have to do is invite as many friends as they can comfortably fit in their homes and have a great tasting!

We are honoured that so many people wanted to invite us into their homes to share our special wines with their friends.


Win a Private In-Home Wine Tasting – Enter by March 25, 2017

This is your chance to host an in-home wine tasting experience with a sommelier from Foreign Affair Winery!

You and your guests will taste the big bold red and elegant white wines that The Foreign Affair Winery is known for. Included in the tasting will be our partial and full appassimento wines.  And, be one of the first to taste barrel samples from the 2015 vintage.

Invite your guests into your home, and our sommelier will join you and provide the wine and glasses, accompanied by charcuterie, and an entertaining tasting experience. And you’ll have the opportunity to buy the wines you taste, with free delivery to the host’s address.

Enter to win by sending an email of a picture of an empty wine glass to  contest@foreignaffairwine.com or post the picture on Foreign Affair Winery’s:

Contest Details:

Contestants must 19 years of age and older, located in Ontario and within a 150 km of Foreign Affair Winery in Vineland, Ontario. Contest closes March 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm. One winner will be picked at random on March 28 2017 and Foreign Affair Winery will contact the winner by email + phone number provided by contestant with entrance The winner consents to have their first name, last initial and town/city they are located in published in our next email and posted on social media. Maximum value of this at home tasting experience is $1,800 and is based on the number of people attending event. Final attendance numbers for the in-home wine tasting event must be given to Foreign Affair Winery 5 days before date of tasting. In-home tasting includes 10 wine samples, including 2 barrel samples, glasses for the tasting, and a sampling of cheese and charcuterie to pair with the wines. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

If you have any questions, please call us at the winery at (905) 562-9898. We are open daily from 11 am to 5 pm. Or send an email to wine@foreignaffairwine.com.

‘Beauty of Design & Design of Beauty’ Event – Sunday, March 19 from 1-5 pm

You’re Invited!

2nd Annual ‘Beauty of Design & Design of Beauty’ Event

Sunday, March 19 from 1 – 5 pm

Join us at Foreign Affair Winery for a perfect ladies’ day out! ‘Uncrate your indulgence’ with beautiful clothing, stunning jewelry, Italian designed home accessories, Foreign Affair wine, music and chocolates. With a raffle in support of Gillian’s Place – women supporting women.

Invite a few friends and enjoy an afternoon in wine country!

Featuring: L’Orange Nikki & Zoe Second Yoga Alessi And more…

If you have any questions about this event, please call us at (905) 562-9898 from 11 am to 5 pm.

Holiday Gifts – Order Before Dec. 15

For the wine lovers on your holiday gift list who enjoy the big bold red wines and elegant white wines Foreign Affair is so well known for…we have the perfect solution for you.

Click here to see our Holiday Gifts catalogue.

Our gift wrapped gifts start from $52 for our Red & White Gift through to $570 for the decadent 12 bottle Red Wine Lovers Collection in a wooden crate.

Of course we can customize unique gift collections from our winery-exclusive vintages, have them gift wrapped, and sent to you, or directly to the people on your gift list.

If you aren’t sure what gift to choose, we have gift cards in various denominations. The gift card can be used at the winery to taste our wines before purchase, and buy any of our wine accessories, including our large selection of Alessi products—where the art of Italian design meets function.

Order online or call us by Thursday, December 15th to ensure delivery before the holidays.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, call us at (905) 562-9898 (daily from 11 am to 5 pm) and we’ll work with you to create that perfect holiday gift:

Customized gift collections Gift cards Wine accessories Alessi products

If you have any questions or want to place your order by phone, please call us at the winery at (905) 562-9898. We are open daily from 11 am to 5 pm. Or send an email to wineorders@foreignaffairwine.com. Order by 5 pm on Thursday, December 15 to ensure delivery before the holidays.

If you want to drop by the winery to pick up wines for your holiday parties, our hours are: Dec 24 – 11 am to 3 pm Dec 25 to 29 – closed Dec 30 – 11 am to 5 pm Dec 31 – 11 am to 3 pm Jan 1 – closed


Foreign Affair Wine Club – the ultimate wine lovers gift!

For the ultimate wine lover’s gift, consider a 1 year gift membership to the Foreign Affair Wine Club. Starting in January, and every other month for a year, your friends or family members can look forward to receiving 3 bottles of limited-production Foreign Affair wine delivered to their door… a treat any wine lover will enjoy. With a gift membership purchase, as a special holiday offer, we will send you a $25 gift card so you too can treat yourself to our delicious wines on your next visit to the winery. You have until Friday, December 23rd at 3 pm to call us at (905) 562-9898 to get them into the club before the holidays.


NEW: Apologetic Red

An astonishing world-class wine, made by talented, hardworking, law-abiding, polite, friendly, pragmatic, peace-loving, apologetic, grateful and self-deprecating Canadians.

We are committed to quality at the highest level and an experience that will leave our guests with memorable and lasting memories.  Our full bodied and elegant wines are the result of patience, passion, and care.  This is what our unique process is based on a slow process yielding the rich complexity that can only result from a non-hurried approach.  Hence why our wines are often referred to as “slow wines” achieved by the highest quality fruit and a meticulous “continuum of care” from vineyard to bottle to service.

TV Interview – Watch Len Crispino’s TV interview on the new Apologetic Red – click here

Vintages Feature Article – Read the “Innovation Nation” article in Vintages – click here

90 Points – “Wines for fall: Eight unique bottles you must try”. Beppi Crosariol, September 14, 2016, The Globe and Mail

92 Points – “It has texture and elegant tannins and the stuffing to improve for 10 years or more.” Rick VanSickle, July 17, 2016, Winesinniagara.com

Vintage: 2013

Varietal: Cabernet Franc

Appassimento: 52% with 125 days drying time

Bottle Size: 750 mL & 1.5 L Magnum

Alcohol:  14.9%

Aromas:  Sweet, rich aromas of cherry compote, black currant, ripe black cherry, dried fig, cigar tobacco, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, baking spices, and smoky oak notes.

Palate:  Elegant, rich, and intense flavours of dried fig and cherry, layered with fresh ripe fruit flavours of black cherry, black currant, and mission figs.  On the very full mid palate the spice, dark chocolate, and velvety smooth tannins come to your attention and the finish lingers forever revealing a multitude of subtle nuances for you to discover.  There is fantastic balance between the fruit, tannins, acidity, and oak.

Food pairings:  May we suggest serving this wine alongside roasted or grilled red meats, especially wild game such as venison, elk, bison, and wild boar, as well as lamb, osso buco or prime rib.  It is also an elegant accompaniment to cured meat and fine hard cheeses or enjoy on its own after time in the decanter.

Cellaring:  This wine will age in the cellar easily for 5-10+ years and is drinking very well now.  For the patient collector, and under proper conditions, the 1.5L magnum format allows for much slower aging.

Release Dates:

Winery: Available now 750 mL – $69.95 – shop now

1.5 L – $159.95 – shop now

LCBO: Available now #471516 750 mL only – $69.95

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Open House & New Wine Launch – July 1-3, 2016

Join us at our Open House Event on Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 3 at Foreign Affair Winery as we are launching a new wine AND releasing two new vintages.

New Wine Launch

On July 1st we are launching our Apologetic Red 2013 in 750 mL bottles and 1.5L magnums

“This new Apologetic Red 2013 is our expression of the need for all of us in Canada to celebrate our excellence and achievements. We believe that it may be time to move from ‘Sorry’ to ‘Not Sorry’ because there is such a plethora of excellence all around us, in all endeavors of Canadian society. Our dream and belief is that Canadians can compete with the rest of the world, and win!”  Len Crispino, Proprietor

New Vintage Release

Amarosé 2014

Be the first to taste this new vintage of our delicious and refreshing summertime rosé. This elegant dry wine has loads of fresh strawberry and citrus flavours and is versatile to sip while on a patio or pair with fresh tomatoes and bocconcini and fresh basil, roasted chicken, and gourmet burgers.

Dream 2013

The new 2013 vintage is now available! Dream 2013 is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. This is an elegant and complex wine with flavours of ripe red cherry, black plum, vanilla, and subtle spice. Perfect with grilled red meat and Portobello mushrooms, Memphis-style BBQ ribs, and charcuterie and cheese boards.

Dates: Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 3

Hours: Drop in anytime between 11 am to 5 pm

Groups: For groups of 8 or more people, please call us at 905.562.9898 for a reservation.

Questions: Contact us at 905.562.9898

An Enchanted Evening in Wonderland – June 4, 2016

Tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice and join us for an Enchanted Evening in Wonderland. Embark on a journey of imagination at the Foreign Affair Winery, we promise that you will get back home, rich with memories.

This evening will feature a four course dinner by Chef Brad Rempel, perfectly paired with new releases from Foreign Affair. Don’t be late for this very important date, as seating is very limited.

Saturday, June 4th, 2016 The Foreign Affair Winery Cellar

Reception & Hors d’Oeuvres: 6:00 pm Dinner: 7:00 pm

$150 per person inclusive of tax & gratuity

Special Wine Club Member Price:  $135 per person (for up to 6 people) inclusive of tax & gratuity

Please RSVP by May 30, 2016 or before, as seating is very limited

Attire:  Mad Hatter hats and pocket watches are welcome, but not necessary

For more information and to order tickets, please contact us:

  Order by phone at (905) 562-9898  Order by email at wineorders@foreignaffairwine.com