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Starbucks Serves Conspiracy Red Wine!

Starbucks in Toronto just opened another of their Starbucks Evenings and is serving Foreign Affair Winery’s Conspiracy wine as the only Canadian red wine on their wine list!

The Starbucks Evenings menu features a selection of wine and craft beer alongside the signature coffee and tea beverages. Their evening menu includes savoury small plates such as a creamy Truffle Mac & Cheese or a delicious flatbread.

LOCATIONS

Downtown Toronto NEW! Brookfield Place – PATH Concourse 181 Bay Street, C280 & C290 Open until 9 pm

Midtown Toronto 446 Spadina Rd., in Forest Hill Village Open until 10:30 pm

North Toronto 1740-42 Avenue Rd., north of Lawrence Avenue Open until 10:30 pm

West Toronto 3079-3081 Bloor St W, corner of Bloor & Thompson in The Kingsway Open until 10:30 pm

 

 

Foreign Affair Winery Wins International Business Award

The Foreign Affair Winery is recognized for excellence by winning in the International Business category at the 14th Annual Niagara Business Achievement Awards.

On June 22, 2017 the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) recognized The Foreign Affair Winery with the coveted award of excellence for International Business. The award underpinned the winery’s success in penetrating global markets, beyond its own borders.

The winery has achieved keen interest in its wines in a number of international markets, including China, Japan, Cayman Islands, Denmark and Belgium. It has also attracted the attention of a number of Canadian international federal consular and embassy ports–further placing Canadian excellence in the global arena.

For more information, contact Len Crispino by calling the winery at 905.562.9898

 

 

Foreign Affair’s Dream on The Marilyn Denis Show

Our now sold out Dream 2013 was featured on The Marilyn Denis Show by Chef Michael Bonacini as one of the four Canadian wines to try this year.

Enjoy the segment below:

In honour of the ‘Abbraccio’ Bear on the label, her guests did a tasting and then embraced each other!

The segment highlighted the following 4 wines with food pairings:

Gray Monk Pinot Noir from Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

Norman Hardie “Cuvee L” Pinot Noir from Prince Edward County and Niagara, Ontario

Benjamin Bridge Brut Reserve from Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia

Foreign Affair ‘Dream’ from Niagara Peninsula, Ontario – “A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, with 15% of the grapes dried in a process called “appassimento” which was made famous by the big Amarone wines of northeastern Italy. Rich and dark with notes of blackcurrent, raisin and coffee.”

Gran Q & Temptress Rated in Top 4 of All Canadian Meritages

We are excited to announce that our Gran Q 2010 and Temptress 2013 are currently in 2nd and 4th place in the Top 25 Canadian Meritage wines as rated by Vivino users! Below are the Top 4:

(1) Quails’ Gate The Connemara 2014 Okanagan Valley · Canada Average rating 4.7 (6 ratings) Average price  $ 56.00

 

 

 

(2) The Foreign Affair Gran Q 2010 Niagara Peninsula · Canada Average rating 4.7 (22 ratings) Average price  $ 150.00 Among top 3% of all wines in the world!

 

 

 

(3) Nk’Mip Cellars (Inkameep) (Okanagan Valley) Mer’r’iym Meritage 2013 Okanagan Valley · Canada Average rating  4.3 (33 ratings) Average price $ 54.50

 

 

 

(4) The Foreign Affair Temptress 2013 Niagara Peninsula · Canada Average rating  4.3 (18 ratings) Average price $ 44.95

 

 

‘Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship’ Theatrical Release

The Foreign Affair Winery is delighted to announce that Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship had its theatrical release at the Carlton Cinema in Toronto on Friday, June 23. The movie’s film crew visited our winery a few years ago and our proprietors Len and Marisa were on hand to host the creative team. Look for shots of the interior and exterior of our winery. Enjoy the preview below:

Film Description: Through the main characters, Cat (Krista Bridges) and Freddy (Enrico Colantoni), we are taken to the honeymoon capital of the world where circumstance and the lush romantic setting create the perfect backdrop for fun, adventure and, ultimately, disaster. A comedy, Directed by Sergio Navarretta, written by Alessandra Piccione.

An Appassimento Evening: Canada & Italy

Foreign Affair Winery, the Canadian pioneer in producing appassimento wines, and Zenato Winery, Italy’s prestigious producer of amarone wines, teamed together on June 13, 2017 for an extraordinary evening of Italian fare at the iconic Biagio Ristorante in downtown Toronto.

The dinner celebrated Canadian and Italian success in innovative premium winemaking. The very idea of such a joint event seemed remote a few years ago. Today it represents a testament of how a Canadian innovative winery can compete with the very best in the world–right here in our own backyard of Niagara.

The evening was a spectacular showpiece of appassimento excellence, from Italy (where it all began) and Canada (where it was further innovated with classic vinifera grapes and different climactic conditions).

This unique dinner offered an entertaining and educational experience featuring wines made exclusively in the appassimento style. All wines were carefully selected to be paired with the seasonal multi-course meal, inspired by Italian-Canadian culinary traditions, crafted by Biagio and his Executive Chef.

Wine Release Event – July 1, 2 & 3

The Foreign Affair Winery’s Summer Open House Event

Saturday, July 1 & Sunday, July 2 & Monday, July 3 11 am to 5 pm

Join us in wine country for our annual Summer Open House Event and enjoy complimentary tastings of our appassimento wine and the release of our new 2015 Apologetic Red! We will be celebrating 150 years of Canadian excellence with our new 2015 vintage of Apologetic Red and locally made butter tarts.

We will also be serving perfect summer sippers such as our pink Amarose, and Enchanted and Riesling white wines.

Last year was the first vintage of Apologetic Red and it sold out with six months of its release. This may be your only chance to taste before you buy the new 2015 Apologetic Red because it’s normally not available at the tasting bar as it’s made in limited quantity. Price per bottle is $69.95.

Details will be emailed to everyone on our mailing list. Not on our mailing list? Click here to sign up!

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.

Contest Winners for Private In-Home Wine Tasting Contest!

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

Graves

Nakazzi

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.

Cheers!

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.