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Taste of Bordeaux Cruise

Sip, Savour, and Sail the Bordeaux region with Foreign Affair Winery proprietors, Len & Marisa Crispino, from May 25 to June 6, 2016. An information session will take place at the winery, please call Brinkman Travel at 905-988-9100 for more information.

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Sip & Taste: Foreign Affair Wines & Dutch Cheeses Invitation for you and guest

When:      Friday, October 23, 2015:  5 – 7 pm

Where:     Foreign Affair Winery, 4890 Victoria Avenue N. Vineland Station, ON

By whom: Hosted by Marisa & Len Crispino, Ineke Brinkman and AMA Waterways

Why:         Promoting: Taste of Bordeaux Riverboat Cruise Tour May 25 – June 6, 2016

What:       Special offer: 20% off Canadian Residents who book a 2016 AMA riverboat cruise in October and attendees receive extra amenities

RSVP:        Please call Brinkman Travel: 905.988.9100 or email ineke@brinkmantravel.com no later than Wednesday October 21 with guest names

PS Premium AMA Waterways has offers for all 2015/2016 sailings from two for one price; free air and other specials! AMA sailings are in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Shop for a Cure

The Foreign Affair Winery is proud to support Lymphoma Canada’s ‘Shop for a Cure’. Join us for a private shopping and wine tasting event on October 6th at Rita Benzacar Sales.

Dream 2012

Find our 2012 Dream (appassimento Bordeaux style blend) in select LCBO Vintages stores.  As the very first offering of the 2012 vintage,  this limited release is expected to sell out quickly!

93 points – Matt Steeves, Certified Sommelier:

Foreign Affair Winery is the pioneer in appassimento winemaking in Canada. After tasting the 2012 Dream, it’s clear the Foreign Affair Winery is mastering this fine winemaking art. Made in a similar way to Amarone, but using Bordeaux varietals, it’s a noble blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, that results in an absolutely lovely and layered Amarone-Bordeaux aroma profile. The natural drying of the grapes produces such interesting sweet fruit aromas and flavour profiles, words don’t quite do it justice, one must enjoy for themselves. Plums, black cherry, currants, blueberry, and dark chocolate, to name a few, on the palate. Very well balanced, very well made. Enjoy now with rich Italian cuisine. Tasted January 2015. 93 points. Matt Steeves – www.quercusvino.ca

91 points – Beppi Crosariol, Wine & Spirits Columnist  The Globe and Mail:

Len Crispino, Foreign Affair’s owner, has championed the dried-grape appassi mento style best exemplified by the reds of Italy’s Veneto region. By letting grapes air dry for weeks after harvest, new, complex flavours develop along with additional alcohol from the concentrated sugars. This red blend of merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot weighs in at a formidable 14.9 per cent, yet the alcohol is well integrated into the rich, dried fruit and chocolate characters, which get a kick from baking spices. Very compelling and a fine match for the cheese course. Available in Ontario.

$29.95      LCBO No. 364380     Find Your Local LCBO

And as our corks say “Dream and the world will conspire to make it so”

LCBO Vintages & Classics Releases

Find your favourite Foreign Affair wines with these up-coming LCBO releases.

LCBO Vintages Release: November 8, 2014 | Enchanted 2013

Review from Michael Godel: Godello.ca Enchanted 2013, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario (389767, $17.95, WineAlign)

Appassimento-style Sauvignon Blanc is both curious and an open target for accusations of vivid excesses. The detractor will look for swift “walls of insincerity,” the complimenter will say “I was enchanted to meet you.” Foreign Affair’s take has been injected with a cocktail of intensity; steroidal, hormonal and from concentrate. All the juicy orchard fruits are there; plum, apple, pear, nectarine, lemon, lime and grapefruit. This passes the appassimento SB test, if only and commodiously because it spreads fruit like confiture on warm toast.  Tasted October 2014  @wineaffair

LCBO Classics: November/December Collection | Gran Q 2010

Review from Rick Vansickle – Wines in Niagara Gran Q 2010 ($150, December Classics, 93 points) — This is Foreign Affair owner Len Crispino’s dedication to the late Giuseppe Quintarelli, Valpolicella’s most famous maker of Amarone wines. Quintarelli is his hero, the one who inspired him most to follow his path in Niagara. He and his wife Marisa flew to Veneto unannounced to see if they could talk to Giuseppe about making Amarone wines in Canada. Crispino was granted a meeting with the winemaker but arrived a half hour late because the winery is unmarked along a secluded road. Once he found the home and winery of Giuseppe he was made to wait a half hour (the amount of time he was late) before he got a few words with the man.

“He told me to ‘follow my dreams and you’ll get what you want,’ ” laughs Crispino. He left but not before asking for a photo, which Giuseppe insisted must be taken with his wife as well (see above). The Gran Q, made from 100% dried grapes, is one of the biggest wines I have tasted from Niagara, made from grapes (Cab Franc, Cab Sauv and Merlot) dried for an average 90 days. The wine was aged for 24-28 months in 80% new French oak. The nose is astonishing; gobs of black currant compote, rich, thick cassis, leather, graphite and sweet spices. The whopping 17.5% alc on the palate is backed up by luxurious, sweet and complex dark fruits, well-defined tannins and an array of spices that echo on the finish. Drink heartily, but serve with grilled red meat.

LCBO Vintages & Classics Releases

Find your favourite Foreign Affair wines with these up-coming LCBO releases.

LCBO Vintages Release: November 8, 2014 | Enchanted 2013

Review from Michael Godel: Godello.ca Enchanted 2013, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario (389767, $17.95, WineAlign)

Appassimento-style Sauvignon Blanc is both curious and an open target for accusations of vivid excesses. The detractor will look for swift “walls of insincerity,” the complimenter will say “I was enchanted to meet you.” Foreign Affair’s take has been injected with a cocktail of intensity; steroidal, hormonal and from concentrate. All the juicy orchard fruits are there; plum, apple, pear, nectarine, lemon, lime and grapefruit. This passes the appassimento SB test, if only and commodiously because it spreads fruit like confiture on warm toast.  Tasted October 2014  @wineaffair

LCBO Classics: November/December Collection | Gran Q 2010

Review from Rick Vansickle – Wines in Niagara Gran Q 2010 ($150, December Classics, 93 points) — This is Foreign Affair owner Len Crispino’s dedication to the late Giuseppe Quintarelli, Valpolicella’s most famous maker of Amarone wines. Quintarelli is his hero, the one who inspired him most to follow his path in Niagara. He and his wife Marisa flew to Veneto unannounced to see if they could talk to Giuseppe about making Amarone wines in Canada. Crispino was granted a meeting with the winemaker but arrived a half hour late because the winery is unmarked along a secluded road. Once he found the home and winery of Giuseppe he was made to wait a half hour (the amount of time he was late) before he got a few words with the man.

“He told me to ‘follow my dreams and you’ll get what you want,’ ” laughs Crispino. He left but not before asking for a photo, which Giuseppe insisted must be taken with his wife as well (see above). The Gran Q, made from 100% dried grapes, is one of the biggest wines I have tasted from Niagara, made from grapes (Cab Franc, Cab Sauv and Merlot) dried for an average 90 days. The wine was aged for 24-28 months in 80% new French oak. The nose is astonishing; gobs of black currant compote, rich, thick cassis, leather, graphite and sweet spices. The whopping 17.5% alc on the palate is backed up by luxurious, sweet and complex dark fruits, well-defined tannins and an array of spices that echo on the finish. Drink heartily, but serve with grilled red meat.

Foreign Affair Wine Club Membership Form

To register for the Foreign Affair Wine Club please complete the Membership Enrollment Form and e-mail to wineclub@foreignaffairwine.com or fax to (905)562-8989.  Register by telephone at (905)562-9898, daily 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

An Enchanted Evening – July 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm

 

Join the Foreign Affair Winery team for an al fresco dinner crafted by Chef Brad Rempel.The evening is set to begin at 6:00 pm with canapes and our 2013 Amarose, followed by a 4 course dinner tucked beneath the enchanting Sakura Garden.See below for a sneak peek of the menu:Mango Salad | Seared Scallops 2013 EnchantedTortellini Pasta | Cornish Hen | Pesto & Parmesan2010 TemptressFlank Steak | Mushroom Rice Pilaf2007 Cabernet FrancChocolate & Cherry Tart2008 Vincero$130 / person inclusiveTickets are available online, please click here,or by calling 905.562.9898 with payment information (Visa, MasterCard or American Express).Attire:  ‘South Pacific’ Cocktail AttireLadies please note that the event will be outside on the grass; best to avoid high heels! 

Open House – June 7, 2014

Saturday, June 7th 2014 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the release of Amarose 2013, Enchanted 2013 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2010. This tasting of these and our Temptress will take place June 7th at the winery from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, accompanied by select pairings. Registration to attend is $10 per person.

Click here to purchase tickets, or call 905-562-9898 to purchase tickets and please advise us of what time you expect to drop in.

Frommer's Niagara Region Guide 2010

Frommer’s Niagara Region travel guide awards The Foreign Affair Winery a top rating (three stars) describing the experience of our wine “a special and memorable treat.”

Frommer’s Niagara Region Guide 2010

Frommer’s Niagara Region travel guide awards The Foreign Affair Winery a top rating (three stars) describing the experience of our wine “a special and memorable treat.”