Ascari Enoteca’s next Up Close & Personal, co-hosted by Group Soleil Fine Wines, will be a unique opportunity to taste the incredibly gorgeous Tuscan wines of Petrolo. As per the usual Up Close & Personal format our guest winemaker, Luca Sanjust, will be hanging out with us and pouring  his wines by-the-glass. These wines are not available in Toronto right now and supplies are limited so all wine will be poured by-the-glass only and not available by the bottle. These wines are a beautiful example of the style of winemaking that Ascari has fallen in love with and supports, and this is a rare opportunity that you shouldn’t miss out on.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 27/16, 6PM onward

This is what’s on offer:

2013 Torrione, Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Boggina, 100% Sangiovese

2014 Boggianfora, 100% Sangiovese fermented in amphorae

About the Petrolo Estate 

The Petrolo Estate is run by the Bazzocchi-Sanjust family in its 4th generation and focuses its activity in the production of fine wines set in the unique Tuscan rural countryside. Petrolo extends over 272 hectares between 250 and 400 meters above sea level, in an area known since early ‘800 for its prestigious wines. The estate properties are set in the Val d’Arno Superiore among the hills of the “Chianti Colli Aretini” an area bordering the south-eastern part of Chianti Classico, on moderately loose-packed soil composed of rocky stratifications of claystone, shale and lime stone.

Winemaking at Petrolo, since the second half of the 80’s has been aiming to produce wines with character, connected to our territory thanks to vines of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Faithful to this project the selection of grapes is today increasingly important, convincing our plants to produce low yields and a careful and caring work in the cellar want to sustain and improve nature’s result, without ruining it. In the 50’s there were 1500 plants per hectare for a production of 3500 hectoliters of wine while today with 5500 plants per hectare, production has been reduced to little less than 700 hectoliters. An accurate selection that wants to add quality and beauty to what is already by nature, extremely precious.

This is the idea at the heart of Petrolo’s wines, each one of high level, each one tended towards the greatest quality. Petrolo doesn’t make basic wines, only great wines. The winery has been improving in recent years following this idea, only aiming towards labels that could guarantee high quality and that could represent a coherent identity of the Estate. Making great wines is a complex challenge, a coincidence of circumstances are needed: special pedoclimatic conditions, awareness and delicate work in the vineyard and in the cellar and finally, a good dose of luck.

To make a great wine you need to tend the plants with care, every single one, repeatedly throughout the year. This is the mission that Petrolo is fulfilling every day.

About Up Close & Personal

At Ascari Enoteca we have been fortunate to meet many of the unique personalities behind the wines we pour. We would like you to meet them too. We consider our ‘Up Close & Personal’ wine series as the anti-wine dinner; a continuing series of commitment-free evenings, conceived of as an alternative to expensive, multi-course winemaker dinners. We will be welcoming winemakers from around the world and closer to home. In addition to our regular menu and wine list, we will be offering a selection of their wines by the glass or by the bottle. Our guests will be spending evenings with us pouring their wines at your table, chatting about anything you may find interesting, sharing their passion and having a glass and a plate of food themselves. If you enjoy hearing the winemakers tell you their stories and the stories of their wines, these are rare opportunities to personally meet the people behind the bottles and the labels. Ask them anything, or just relax and enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Reservations can be made via OpenTable or by calling us at  416.792.4157

Ascari Enoteca

1111 Queen St E, Toronto