UP CLOSE & PERSONAL with Lailey Vineyard


We’re excited to announce another ‘Up Close & Personal’ with Derek Barnett of Lailey Vineyard Winery. On Thursday, May 28th, from 6:00pm onward, Derek will be hanging out at Ascari Enoteca, featuring his personal selection of Lailey wines that will be sure to excite, intrigue and enlighten.

Lailey Vineyard Winery which grew from a bud starting back in 1950, has become an Ontario winery that receives international acclaim at the world’s most prestigious wine competitions.


The winery devotes itself, principally, to producing exceptional Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Riesling, with respect for the unique characteristics of the vineyard site and the conditions of each vintage.

“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.”


Born and raised in England, Derek studied agriculture before emigrating to Ontario in the early 70’s, where he worked in an ever changing agricultural environment north of Toronto. There, he learned the art of winemaking and ignited his continuing passion, dedication and enthusiasm for producing the best VQA wines from grapes grown at Lailey Vineyard.


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