| Foreign Affair Winery
| Winemaker, Phil Clarke
| Merlot 2007
| Available Online and the Winery
The story goes that owner Len Crispino along with his wife Marisa and daughter Stefanie spent some time in Italy in the 90s and were romanced by the Amarone style of wines. Len and Marisa were drawn to the appassimento method of wine making, which involves meticulously sorting harvested grapes and drying them on mats to develop higher concentrations of flavour and sugar. From my understanding, this method often results in a richer and full bodied wine, or can also produce a sweter wine.
Upon returning to Ontario, a few years later, Len and Marisa opened a 40 acre operation in the Vineland region. Since then, they’ve been producing wines in partial or full appassimento style. Today’s wine, the 2007 Merlot, was made partly in the appassimento method, meaning some of the grapes were dried. Hint of spices, dried fruits and a juicy mouthfeel are my impressions of this wine. There is a slight sense of sweetness that brings it all together. Only 212 cases of this wine have been produced, and it is definitely a unique wine.
Foreign Affair Winery
4890 Victoria Avenue North
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Suresh Doss is the publisher of SpotlightToronto.com and Rickshawmag.com. Founder of the Food Truck Eats festival, Suresh has been a pioneer for the Street food movement in Toronto. In 2011, He was awarded the VQA Promoter’s Award for outstanding achievement in the Media category in the promotion of Ontario VQA Wines. Suresh is also the Global Editor for Whitecap’s StreetEats series of travel guides, which focuses on the best street food across North America.