“A local wine that is $150.00 a bottle are you crazy? The price is not a typo… I know that I typically preach value but even on a Radio salary this wine is worth the price of admission and then some. This is the sort of wine you purchase for a very special occasion and share with very close friends. Concentrated flavours of Blueberry, Plum, Raspberry and Black Currant with a finish that is dangerously smooth. If you are not familiar with Amarone and Appassimento this wine gives the illusion of being sweet but is in fact a dry wine. While this wine is an ode to winemaker Giuseppe Quinatarelli and very much embodies the spirit of Italy it is very much an Ontario wine made with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. I could talk about food pairings with this wine … but let’s face it you’re not going to pair this with anything.”
NEWSTALK 1010, April 2014
94 Points – Evan Saviolidis, evanwinesavvy.com, May 2015 – “It possesses the texture of syrup, and a sexy profile of plum, dried olives, maraschino cherries, anise, mint, milk chocolate and vanilla. Yes, the price is out of reach for most of us mere mortals, but this is a singular wine, which will continue to evolve for the next 15 to 20 years – and I have never said that about Ontario red before! Serious meditation wine here!”
93 Points – Rick Vansickle, Wines in Niagara, November 3, 2014 – “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.”