Pesquie RhoneAt Ascari Enoteca we’re happy to announce another Up Close & Personal with Frederick (‘Freddie”) Chaudiere of Chateau Pesquie, along with our co-hosts, The Vine. On Monday, May 25th, from 6:00pm onward, Freddie will be hanging out at Ascari Enoteca, featuring his family’s 2013 Les Terrasses Rouge along with some other treats to be disclosed upon your arrival. The added bonus to this winemaker’s visit… it coincides with our weekly event, ‘Half Price Bottle Mondays.’ That’s right, all of the bottles of wine on our list will be half price, including the 2013 Les Terrasses Rouge. This promises to be a fun and popular evening so call to make your reservations as soon as possible 416.792.4157.

For more information on Chateau Pesquié and Ascari Enoteca’s ‘Up Close & Personal’ series, please see below:


Chateau Pesquié is a pioneering estate of the Côtes de Ventoux AOC (appellation established in 1973).  The Bastide family purchased the estate in the early ‘70s, and reorganized the vineyards, preserving the best blocks (now close to 100 years old).  Their daughter Edith and husband Paul Chaudière joined the Bastides in the mid-1980s, Paul’s family conveniently having 150 years of history in viticulture, Paul’s father also being a professor of oenology in nearby Orange.  In 1989, the family established their own cellars, and stopped selling grapes to the local co-op.  In 2003, Edith & Paul’s sons Frederick & Alexandre assumed responsibility for the estate.  Sustainably farmed since the 1980s, the estate moved to fully organic methods in the the early 2000s.  Solar panels on the property produce more electricity than the estate uses.

Estate vineyards are located in 3 villages: Mormoiron, Blauvac and Ville-sur-Auzon, where the southern slopes of Mount Ventoux are blessed with outstanding levels of sunshine (up to 12 hours per day in July). The terroir has a great mineral diversity, predominantly consisting of limestone.  Château Pesquié has one of the coolest microclimates in the south of the Rhône Valley, due to elevation (between 300 and 400 m) and the influence of the mountain.  The variation of temperatures between days and nights helps create excellent physiological balance in the vines, and colour, concentration and freshness in the wines.  The Mistral ventilates, ensuring the cultivation of healthy vines.  A range of impressive white & red wines results, from traditional Rhône varietals.

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 opportunites to personally meet the people behind the bottles and the labels. Ask them anything, or just relax and enjoy the fruits of their labour.

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