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Len Crispino receives Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Len Crispino, Chair of Niagara College’s Board of Governors and retired president and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, has been honoured with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

James Knight, president and CEO of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) presented Crispino with the award during a ceremony on Feb. 21, 2013 at the Wine Visitor + Education Centre. The ACCC was invited by the Office of the Governor General to nominate individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to their respective colleges, as well as Canada’s college sector.

“Len’s record of public service and commitment to community are extraordinary,” said Knight. “Niagara College and the broader college sector are fortunate to have such a widely-respected business leader champion the important role that colleges play in support of their communities.”

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Twenty Valley Winter Wine Festival

A sweet, sparkling and sensational winter weekend (January 12 & 13, 2013) on the streets of Jordan Village. The Winter WineFest featured over 80 amazing Twenty Valley VQA red, white and sparkling wines and Icewines from 35 wineries.

Savoury locally inspired dishes, Celebrity Chef demonstrations by Chuck Hughes, the SugarStars and Anna and Michael Olson, winemakers’ challenges, fashion shows and an unforgettable evening street party with headlining musical entertainment by USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker).

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Conspiracy 2011 chosen as official red wine at Queen's Park for 2013

The Grape Growers of Ontario, along with the Honourable Speaker of the Legislature, Dave Levac of Brant County, hosted the Annual Wine Tasting event at Queen’s Park on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Bill George, Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario, along with Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of the Grape Growers of Ontario, are pleased to announce that the following wines have been chosen as the official wines of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly for 2012-13:

Red Wine: 2011 Conspiracy, The Foreign Affair Winery, Vineland White Wine: 2009 Burning Ambition, Small Talk Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-Lake

“We are honoured to have our 2011 Conspiracy (ripasso style) selected as the official red wine at Queen’s Park for 2013. While informed by Old World tradition, this wine is a unique Canadian innovation with creative adaptations of appassimento techniques. This recognition further strengthens our belief that with passion, risk and support from life’s conspirators, dreams can be realized.”

Read more about the 2012-13 Official VQA Wines of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly here.

Conspiracy 2011 chosen as official red wine at Queen’s Park for 2013

The Grape Growers of Ontario, along with the Honourable Speaker of the Legislature, Dave Levac of Brant County, hosted the Annual Wine Tasting event at Queen’s Park on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Bill George, Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario, along with Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of the Grape Growers of Ontario, are pleased to announce that the following wines have been chosen as the official wines of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly for 2012-13:

Red Wine: 2011 Conspiracy, The Foreign Affair Winery, Vineland White Wine: 2009 Burning Ambition, Small Talk Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-Lake

“We are honoured to have our 2011 Conspiracy (ripasso style) selected as the official red wine at Queen’s Park for 2013. While informed by Old World tradition, this wine is a unique Canadian innovation with creative adaptations of appassimento techniques. This recognition further strengthens our belief that with passion, risk and support from life’s conspirators, dreams can be realized.”

Read more about the 2012-13 Official VQA Wines of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly here.

New book "Spectacular Wineries of Ontario" features Foreign Affair

“As Ontario’s potential is being transformed into reality, we’re right in the middle of it all. What fortune to be part of this meaningful period in winemaking history, and how great to have these trailblazing wineries collected in one magnificent volume.” — John Szabo

The seventh edition of a popular international series, Spectacular Wineries of Ontario (Panache Partners) includes a foreword by master sommelier John Szabo. With hundreds of full-color images, the 352-page volume offers a private tour of a broad spectrum of established, estate, and boutique wineries, including The Foreign Affair Winery. Readers will discover the history, character, and delicious offerings of more than 60 top Ontario vineyards, wineries, tasting rooms, and other wine-related businesses and even meet their hospitable owners.

Download the full press release here.

New book “Spectacular Wineries of Ontario” features Foreign Affair

“As Ontario’s potential is being transformed into reality, we’re right in the middle of it all. What fortune to be part of this meaningful period in winemaking history, and how great to have these trailblazing wineries collected in one magnificent volume.” — John Szabo

The seventh edition of a popular international series, Spectacular Wineries of Ontario (Panache Partners) includes a foreword by master sommelier John Szabo. With hundreds of full-color images, the 352-page volume offers a private tour of a broad spectrum of established, estate, and boutique wineries, including The Foreign Affair Winery. Readers will discover the history, character, and delicious offerings of more than 60 top Ontario vineyards, wineries, tasting rooms, and other wine-related businesses and even meet their hospitable owners.

Download the full press release here.

Len Crispino named Canadian Business Leader of the Year

We are pleased to announce that founder and President of The Foreign Affair Winery, Len Crispino, has been named Canadian Business Leader of the Year. The recognition will be bestowed upon Len by Niagara University in New York on April 24, 2012 at the Conference Centre, Niagara Falls, NY.

Len credits the entire Foreign Affair Winery team for their contribution and dedication to innovation and service excellence. As founder and pioneer of the full application of appassimento to grape varietals grown in Canada, he has brought Canada and Italy a little closer.

The first attempts by the winery were made in 2003. The successful interpretation of appassimento using the classic Bordeaux and Burgundy varietals has been recognized by the industry as a major achievement facilitated by authentic vision, courage and inspiration.

The Exclusive Release of the Foreign Affair's 2009 Vintages

On Saturday November 12th, it was our pleasure to have a great group of people wines at the winery for the release of our 2009 vintage

The Exclusive Release of the Foreign Affair’s 2009 Vintages

On Saturday November 12th, it was our pleasure to have a great group of people wines at the winery for the release of our 2009 vintage

The Foreign Affair Story

In this Spotlight Toronto article Michael Di Caro tells the story of The Foreign Affair Winery. Click here to read the article