A selection from Niagara’s Foreign Affair Winery, which uses the Italian appassimento method: after being hand-harvested, a portion of the grapes are air-dried, which helps concentrate flavours. It takes months, but the results are worth it.
Foreign Affair Viognier 2017
VQA Niagara Peninsula, $23.95
This wine has aromas and flavours ranging from tangerine and white peach to pear and pineapple. It’s dry and focused- a perfect match for summer fare like fish tacos, Thai dishes and complex salads.
Foreign Affair Amarosé 2018
VQA Niagara Peninsula, $18.95
Bring on the sun with this bottle of liquid summer, made from pinot noir and chardonnay. The fruit is massive: wild strawberries, rhubarb, berry compote and fresh herbs. Enjoy on its own or with charcuterie, grilled fish or pizza.
Foreign Affair Temptress 2016
VQA Niagara Peninsula, $44.95
From the hot and sunny 2016 vintage, this robust blend of cabs franc and sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot and malbec channels Bordeaux, brimming with black cherry, plum and leather. It’s supple and smooth, great with game or a juicy steak.