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Foreign Affair Dream 2018

Canada, Ontario
89 WA

A partial appassimento providing luscious richness! Blackcurrant, blueberry compote, violet, black cherry, cedar, and cigar. With elegant but firm tannings, nice acidity and a long, complex finish.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer The Foreign Affair Winery
Vintage 2018
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc 47%, Merlot 31%, Cabernet Sauvignon 22%
¥4,400

A partial appassimento providing luscious richness! Blackcurrant, blueberry compote, violet, black cherry, cedar, and cigar. With elegant but firm tannings, nice acidity and a long, complex finish.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer The Foreign Affair Winery
Vintage 2018
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc 47%, Merlot 31%, Cabernet Sauvignon 22%
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.9%
Product Code A007R00118
UPC 661144000600
Inventory In Stock (60)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Blackcurrant, blueberry compote, violet, black cherry, cedar, and cigar. With elegant but firm tannings, nice acidity and a long, complex finish. 

Pairing

Serve this wine with a selection of charcuterie and aged cheeses, well marbled cuts like prime rib, ribeye, or porterhouse steak, game meats, grilled mushrooms, roasted vegetables, barbeque Ribs, stews and hearty autumn soups.

Cellaring

Enjoy now through 2030 and beyond

Press
89WineAlign
John Szabo, MS A blend of cabernet franc, merlot and cabernet sauvignon, this is a ripe, sweet-smelling, also maturing red wine with dried red fruit and pot pourri aromatics in a very old world, Italianate style. The palate is smooth and supple with lots of glycerol coating soft, silky tannins; acids are balanced if quite high, and length and depth are good. This works well all in all, reminiscent of Valpolicella ripasso in form and function, and style. Tasted March 2022.
Production

Appellation

VQA Niagara Penninsula

Vintage Notes

A very hot summer led to fruit with ripe and complex flavours.

Viticulture

Hand picked and sorted

Vinification

17% Appassimento.  125 days of drying time, barrel aged for 18 months in French and American oak.

Producer

Producer Description

1990 | Valpolicella, Veneto

Foreign Affair Winery founders Len and Marisa Crispino were living as expats in Italy when they discovered the wonders of Amarone, or 'Appassimento' wines.

The more they learned about this technique and grew to love these wines, the more excited they became at the prospect of bringing this incredible craftsmanship back with them to Ontario.

And so, they did.

2000 |  Niagara, Ontario

In 2000, taking a leap of faith, Len and Marisa bought 40 acres of prime farmland in the Vinemount Ridge sub-appellation of Niagara's Twenty Valley wine region, starting their journey to becoming trailblazers of Appassimento winemaking in Canada.

They sourced quality vinifera varietals from Europe, and after three years of carefully nurturing vines, 2004 became the inaugural vintage of Foreign Affair wines.

Today |  Niagara, Ontario

While the first vintages had many challenges with this approach, the big, bold red wines they produced as a result spoke for themselves, and so Len and Marisa persisted and over the next few decades, these wines become the benchmark for Appassimento wines in Niagara, inspiring many other producers in the process.

Today, The Foreign Affair Winery offers a unique and diverse selection of award-winning wines, all touched by the Appassimento process in some way, and many stories to share about the journey.

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