We are extremely excited to announce our first of a series of Up Close & Personal ‘On the Road’ adventures. In the laid-back, non-formal, rip-roaring-good-time style of our Up Close & Personal restaurant sessions, we are hitting the road to visit some of our favourite Ontario vineyards that have inspired our love for wine and helped create the back-bone of our wine list.

Our first wine tour will take us to Lailey Vineyard where you will meet Derek Barnett, Lailey’s passionate winemaker who will give us a private tour followed by a tasting of their beautiful wines. We will then follow that up with the same experience at Pearl Morissette Estate where we will be very well taken care of by our former wine guru and mentor, the infamous Svetlana Atcheva.

After the Pearl Morissette tour and tasting we’ll stick around and all sit down together to an Ascari family-style dinner, prepared by our very own Chef John Sinopoli.

All you have to do is show up at Ascari at noon on Sunday, September 14th and we’ll take care of the rest.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

12:00pm departure from Ascari Enoteca, Toronto

8:00pm return to Ascari Enoteca, Toronto

$170 per person, all inclusive

Price includes the following:

  • Transportation (pick up and drop off at Ascari Enoteca, Toronto)
  • Winery tour and tasting at Lailey Vineyard, Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Winery tour and tasting at Pearl Morissette Estate, Jordon
  • Family style, 3-course dinner at Pearl Morissette cooked by Chef John Sinopoli at Pearl Morissette including wine…of course

Space is limited so get in touch with usas soon as possible if you’re interested, have questions or just simply want to hit the road with us and book your spot. We’ll only be able to guarantee a spot for you on this Ascari adventure upon full receipt of payment.



Ascari Enoteca

1111 Queen St East, Toronto 


“We listen to the vines, so they can tell us what we need to do to them. After 40 years of listening, we like to believe we are becoming fluent in the language of the vine. Everything we do here, from grape to glass, we do by hand, in partnership with the vines, the earth, and the micro-climate they grow in. Our wines express the natural characteristics of the varietal and the vineyard they come from. Every step of the winemaking process is a dance with them that shifts each year as the vines, the earth and the weather conditions shift.”

Pearl Morissette Estate Winery is located in the town of Jordan, Ontario, in the Niagara Peninsula. We produce wines from estate vineyards maintained by a set of rigorous standards. We aim to show the inherent beauty of the Niagara wine region through a process of exploration and integrity. It is the unfolding discovery of what Niagara truly tastes like.

Instinct, reflection and precision guides every decision, as we grow and harvest our fruit with a philosophy that values tradition and honours sustainable practices. Our portfolio of selected wines is the result of patient observation and learning, to define which grape varietal express the best in wine for Niagara.

The property is shared with selected breeds of animals that complement the interplay of natural elements on our land. The Belted Galloway cows and Berkshire pigs are winter hardy species requiring minimal intervention and are fed with local grains and estate pasture.