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Southern Italy

July 14th, 2017 by

Enjoy a warm summer evening on our patio exploring the traditional dishes and grapes from Sicily and Sardinia. See our Southern Italy Menu that we’ve created.

Sicily is located in the Mediterranean Sea just off the boot of Italy

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he island is recognized for it’s fresh vegetables, seafood, arancini and pistachio’s (the only place in Italy where they are grown). The regions notable wines are: Marsala a dry or sweet wine that is commonly used in cooking and dessert; a Nero d’Avola and Syrah is grown in Sicily due to the warm climate.

Sardinia is situated in the middle of the Mediterranean sea and the majority of the land is mountainous surround by wooded areas with even millenary trees, small and desert areas. The Island is most recognized for its coves and beach of snow white sand. Sardinia surround by the Mediterranean has a strong focus on seafood and seafood stews, a variety of breads, meats and pasta’s simply done. Sardinia wines complaint the foods with a Vermentino that is light and crisp white wine and for a red wine Cannonau di Sardegna which, is ruby red and fuller bodied.

Come explore the Southern Italian Islands at Bertoldi’s starting Tuesday July 11th till August 7th .

A Taste of Piedmont

March 16th, 2017 by

Piedmont is one of Italy’s most acclaimed wine regions next to Tuscany.

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iedmont is located in the Po River Valley and sits on the foothills of the Alps, boarding on Switzerland and France.

This famous wine region is most recognized for its age-worthy Barolo and Barbaresco from the Nebbiolo grape

Although, many only think of Piedmont for these wines, the region has several unique grapes to explore; Cortese, Barbera and Dolcetto to just name a few.

Join us on Friday March 31st to explore this region. Enjoy a night out with a friend, and as you catch up I will take you through your personal tasting.

Book a seat at our bar between 5:30pm and 8:30pm, and when you arrive we will begin the tasting.  This evening we will be tasting the variety of noble grapes to the region:

• Villoradoria Cortese
• Villoradoria Barbera D’Alba vs Villoradia Barbaresco 
• Gaja “Dagromis” Barolo vs Villoradia “Sori Paradiso” Barolo
• Amaro vs Grapppa

I’m very excited to be opening these Barolo’s as we will be having a face off with one of Italy’s top producers, Gaja.  
 
There will also be a small pairing of food with the wines.
$55 per person Social Club members & $65 non-social club members
 
Cari saluti, Jessica
Sommelier.
Please e-mail to reserve your spot. 
Very few spots are available – book yours today!

Gift Cards at Bertoldi’s & Dolcetto

March 14th, 2017 by

Visit the host desk at Bertoldi’s or our sister restaurant Dolcetto to purchase your gift cards today.

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njoy a taste of Italy in a warm and welcoming atmosphere at Bertoldi’s. Inspired by the culinary traditions of our grandparents Nonno Gelindo and Nonna Marie, our food is cooked the true Italian way – made from scratch using only the freshest ingredients from local Ontario farmers whenever possible.

At our sister restaurant, Dolcetto celebrates the Italian way of life, which if you think about it is really about enjoying the little things every day.

Celebrating 300 Years of Chianti

October 5th, 2016 by

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The region of Chianti has recently celebrated 300 years of winemaking. It was the Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III de Medici that put Chianti on the world map by establishing it as one of the world’s first “wine Territory”.

This marks 300 years of fine wine making from the most celebrated indigenous grape of Italy, Sangiovese

Come celebrate 300 years of the Italian wine making as we explore the different wine making techniques, aging and terriors in Tuscany that influence the flavours and body of the Sangiovese grape.

On October 14th we are doing something a little different. Enjoy a night out with a friend and as you catch up I, Jessica our house Sommelier will take you through your personal tasting. Book a spot at the bar between 5:30 and 8:30 and when you arrive we will begin the tasting.

The tasting includes 6 forms of Sangiovese

Poggio Stenti Rose

Poggio Chianti Classico vs Poggio Stenti “Tribulo” Montecucco Rosso

Pian di Staffa Riserva

Brunello di Montalcino vs a Super Tuscan.

There will also be a small pairing of food with the wines.

$55 per person Social Club members
$65 non-social club members

Please e-mail jessicad@bignight.ca to book your reservation. Please note: seating is limited.

Prosecco: Italy’s Sparkling Wine

July 20th, 2016 by

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One can enjoy Italian Sparkling wine, Prosecco anytime of year but Prosecco on a patio can’t be beat. Starting July 26 we are excited to be offering 6 different types of Prosecco from our house winery Masottina. On a recent trip to Masottina located in Conegliano, Veneto (the heart of the prosecco region) we had the pleasure of trying these 6 Proseccos one of which is on our wine list, and

4 of the 6 have never been to Canada

The experience of trying them all and truly understanding the differences between Extra Dry vs Brut (Brut being drier than Extra Dry) and comparing the terrior. We are offering three terroir with a brut and extra dry from each:

DOC Treviso is considered “everyday” wine and comes from 95 municipalities

Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiors DOCG coming from only 15 municipalities and are consider the “Classic” Prosecco

Rive di Ogliano DOCG A new style of Prosecco and is pure terroir. These Prosecco’s are the “Grand Cru” and can only be from 1 of the 43 selected micro zone.

We are offering the Proseccos in many different ways
All 6 will be offered by the glass: 5oz, 8oz, bottle and in a flight.

• A Wine Flight of each (3) x 2oz of the Extra Dry (DOC, DOCG and Rive Subzones)
• A Wine Flight of each (3) x 2oz of the Brut (DOC, DOCG and Rive Subzone)

OR Enjoy a 3 course meal paired with 1 x 2oz OR 2 x 2oz serving of a Prosecco per course

Course 1:

Yellow Beet Caprese: fresh local yellow beets with fiore di latte and a prosecco vinaigrette paired with the Prosecco DOC Treviso ~ Extra Dry and Brut

Course 2:

A Creamy Parmesan risotto with local asparagus and sautéed shrimp paired with Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG ~ Extra Dry and Brut

Course 3:

Cheese plate with ricotta salata, gorgonzola , romano cheese and crostini’s paired with Rive di Ogliano DOCG Brut and Extra Dry

$50.00 for 3 courses and 3 wines
$62.00 for 3 courses and 6 wines

Want a more in-depth tasting with our house Sommelier, Jessica, we are happy to book a private tasting for groups of 6 or more depending on availability and scheduling

Come, Enjoy, Compare and Learn about these prosecco’s, the region and Masottina Winery.

Saluti, Bob & Jess

Winemakers Dinner Friday April 15th with Marco Cecchini

March 22nd, 2016 by

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e are excited to Welcome Marco Cecchini from Fruli Venzia, Italy. Marco is a winemaker who refers to his business as an independent winery allowing him to be an artisan in winemaking and an artist in terrior.

feels strongly about ensuring sustainable agriculture in order to return dignity to the soil.

For the evening we will be offering a variety of Marco’s wines. These wines will be offered by the glass, bottle and in a flight. Or enjoy all 4 wines in our winemakers dinner.

Pinot Grigio d’Orsaria The grapes are harvested from the hill country of Friuli creating ideal conditions for Pinot Grigrio. This elegant Pinot Grigio is straw yellow in colour with aromas of acacia blossom and toasted almonds. The wine is fresh and crisp to taste with a full flavoured palate that is dry and a slight bitterish twist to finish. We are excited to feature this wine and see what you think as it will be a new addition to our wine list. Be the first to try it.

Pinot Grigio IGT This Pinot Grigio is a little different as the grape juice is fermented with it’s skins for 2 to 4 hours then followed by weekly battonage. The skin contact and weekly battonage gives the wine a golden colour with a more intense aromas of exotic ripe fruits and a fresh long lasting finish.

Malatesta Rosso We are happy to feature this wine as it is unique. The wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso. The wine is vinified by Carbonic Maceration (same process as Beaujolais) then bottled without filtering to allow for natural lees that help maintain preservatives and reduce the additional sulphites. Due to the wine being unfiltered it is cloudy with a light red colour. The aromas are of cherry, ripe plum and a hint of cotton candy. It is a red fruit wine with a smooth spicy finish.

Refosco del Peduncolo Rosso The full bodied red wine is made with 100% Refosco Dal Peduncolo Rosso is predominantly grown in Venezia Giulia and evidence suggest is it indigenous to Italy. The Refosco has massive tannins that are round and refined due to the aging for 16 months in French barriques. The colour is ruby red with aromas on plums and blackberries.

Four wines with our four course winemaker’s dinner. Great wine perfectly paired

First course
Rotolini / Pinot Grigio D’Orsaria IGT

Second Course
Grilled Calamari Salad / Pinot Grigio IGT

Third Course
Ricotta Gnocchi with Pomodoro Sauce. / Malatesta Rosso

Fourth course
Osso Buco with Polenta / Refosco del Peduncolo Rosso

$55 per person for social club members and $65 for non social club members

Saluti, Bob & Jess

B & W Wine Importers onsite Friday March 4th from 6pm-9pm

February 24th, 2016 by

Conrad Reimer from B & W Wines Importers of Fine Wines and Spirits will be joining us on Friday March 4th between 6pm to 9pm. We will be featuring the Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir and the Noble Tree Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County. Enjoy a sampling of the wines prior to being seated for dinner.

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e are excited to have Conrad on site giving you more knowledge about these wines and the regions within California.

The Carmel Road Pinot Noir is located in the heart of Monterey County where the air is crisp and the temperature is relaxed. Most mornings the vineyards are shrouded in fog; and in the afternoons a brisk Pacific Ocean wind blows southward along the ridge tops and benchlands of Salinas Valley delivering fresh, cool maritime air. For years the regions were considered too cold and windy to grow world-class grapes.

Today, the region has received much acknowledgement for producing highly acclaimed AVA’s in all of California.

Carmel Winery has been producing stunning Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs since 1999. These wines are from some of Monterey’s finest benchland vineyards using a mix of propriety and traditional Burgundy winemaking techniques.

The 2012 Carmel Road Pinot Noir is aged in French oak briefly, which adds earthy, dark toast undertones to this brightly fragrant, berry spice wine. The balance of the final wine is fantastic as it comes together in a velvety finish.

The Noble Tree is a classic cool climate, mountain grown 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are soured from the Wickersham Ranch Estate, which is located at 2,200 feet elevation in Sonoma County. The Noble Tree is the second label of an obscure high end Sonoma Estate. This family winery does most of their sales via wine club subscriptions.

The 2012 Noble Tree Cabernet Sauvignon evokes flavours of dark berry and plum. Super soft, but structured tannins balance this bold yet refreshing wine. It is a great example of juicy, ready to drink Cabernet Sauvignon with the backbone to handle bold flavoured foods.

Join us on Friday March 4th between 6pm to 9pm to learn more about these wines and their regions from Conrad.

Saluti, Bob & Jess

TWC Imports onsite Friday, Jan. 15th 6pm-9pm

January 11th, 2016 by

Ric Kitowski and Jocelyn Klemm are certified sommeliers and the managing partners of TWC Imports. On Friday January 15th they will be show casing three wines from three different grapes. Enjoy a sampling of the wines prior to being seated for your dinner.

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e are excited to offer two wines from Villadoria Winery located in the heart of Piemont and owned and operated by the Lanzavecchia family. The Lanzavecchia family have been winemakers for four generations has witnessed the evolution of an area which has its most precious treasure in wine. The Lanzavecchia family believe in the idea of evolution of tradition in all its aspects.

This is a small family winery with production less than 1000 cases a year.

Being abreast of the times means applying the most modern technology to the concept of traditional production which takes meticulous care with every stage of the process, from cultivation of the vineyard to distribution of the finished product.

This evening we will be offering the Cortese, a white grape predominantly grown in southern regions of Piedmont. The grape has moderate acidity and light flavours. The other Villadoria wine being feature is the Barbaresco made from the Nebbiolo grape; the same grape in a Barolo. The Barbaresco is relatively light in colour and body but very well structures and aromatic

The third wine is from Poggio Stenti located in Tuscany. This is a small family winery with production less than 1000 cases a year. The region is known as Montecucco, a relatively new DOC in Tuscany. The wine selected this evening is the Tribolo which is 100% Sangiovese. The wine is aged for 12 months in stainless steel tanks to maintain a fresh, fruity bouquet and soft structure.

These wines will be offered in a flight, by the glass or bottle.

Saluti, Bob & Jess

Vine Agency onsite November 6th 6-9pm

November 3rd, 2015 by

The Vine Agency’s Sommelier and representative Robert Miller will be show casing wines available at Bertoldi’s on Friday November 6th from 6pm-9pm at the bar. Enjoy a sampling of wines prior to being seated for your dinner.

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ample Bastianich Sauvignon Adriatico (Fruili) from Italy’s Northeastern-most region where climate and soil bring out complexity, richness and sophisticated aromatics all symbols of outstanding Sauvignon Blanc.

We will also have Cuvee di Gabry Rose a Sparking Italian wine. This rose sparkler from La Tordera, is not made from Prosecco, it is truly distinctive. The name translates to “Gabriella’s blend,” which is the managing director of La Tordera, her illustrated portrait is on the label.

Pecorino Falerio “Le Torri” will also be available. Pecorino is more fragrant in nature, offering the wine some dynamic floral and citrus tones. This can include gentle notes of white flowers like jasmine and a hint of spice, and a slate-like mineral quality.

It is widely regarded as “the best Sangiovese in California.”

Featured for the evening will be Noceto Sangiovese an Italian grape grown in California.

This wine as well as the others will be available to enjoy with your dinner.

Saluti, Bob & Jess

Bertoldi’s Summer Winemaker’s Event

July 18th, 2015 by

Featuring fine wines from the Masciarelli vineyard of Abruzzo, Italy. From July 13th to August 10th.

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he Mascarelli Winery has 300 acres of vineyards expanding over 13 municipalities and an annual production of 2.5 million bottles. Founder Giannu Masciarelli followed three generation of winemakers establishing his own winery, Masciarelli in 1981. In 2008, Gianni Masciarelli suddenly passed and his wife Marina Cvetic has taken helm since then following his passion and tradition for winemaking.

We are excited to be featuring the Masciarelli wines and three styles of Montepulciano grape variety: Montepulicano Rosato, Montepulicano d’Abruzzo, and Marina Cvetic Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

Book a table now up until August 10th …or until the wine lasts.

Masciarelli Winery

July 10th, 2015 by

Let us take you to Abruzzo and introduce to you the Mascarelli Winery. The winery has 300 acres of vineyards expanding over 13 municipalities and an annual production of 2.5 million bottles.

Founder Giannu Masciarelli followed three generation of winemakers establishing his own winery, Masciarelli in 1981. In 2008, Gianni Masciarelli suddenly passed and his wife Marina Cvetic has taken helm since then following his passion and tradition for winemaking.

Although not advertised the Masciarelli estate is farmed on fully organic and even some biodynamic principles. Marina is quick to point out, that this is not to capitalize on the growing commercial success of that category but because “that’s the way we have always done it. It just makes sense.

The Masciarelli estate is farmed on fully organic and even some biodynamic principles.

We are excited to be featuring the Masciarelli wines and three styles of Montepulciano grape variety, which is indigenous to the region.

Montepulicano Rosato ~ Featured wine available while supplies last

This Rosato is from there classic line which is early maturing wines produced from vines less than 25 years old vineyards under 300 meters of elevation.

The rosato is fermented and aged in stainless steel, the skins are kept in contact for a period of 12 hours to absorb some of the skins tannins and colour giving the wine a deep pearly pink with bright glints. The aromas are pronounced rose petals and red summer berries. On the mouth it offers crisp acidity, tart cherries and a medium finish.

Montepulicano d’Abruzzo ~ Long time Staple to our wine list

From the same line as the Roasto, the classic line. This wine is de-stemmed and pressed followed by 10 to 15 days on the skins with racking involved plus 20 months in stainless steel. The wine is deep ruby in colour with notes of cherries, blackberries and leather. On the mouth it is red berries, cherry, redcurrants, violet and hints of tobacco.

Marina Cvetic Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ~ A welcomed new addition to our list. This wine was ranked in the top 100 wines by Wine Spectator and received 92 point from Robert Parker.

This line named after Gianni wife, is produced on vines over 25 years old and from above 300 meters altitude; where ripening is slowed, the hand hang time can be extended and finished in luxurious new French oak. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks for 15 to 20 days, then 20 to 30 day maceration with malolactic fermentation. It is then aged for a total of 36 months, 14 of those months are spent in new 225-liter French oak barriques. The colour is deep cherry red with aromas of perfumed red fruit. To taste the wine it is silky, refined Montepulciano that impresses for its textural elegance and long, polished finished. Sweet red berries, flowers and licorice wrap around the close.

Enjoy these wines in as taster of 4oz, a wine flight of 2oz per wine, by the glass or bottle.

Nonna

DiFruscia Picks – Poggio Stenti Wines

February 6th, 2015 by

In 2012, we were fortunate to have Eleanora along with her mother Milva and father Carlos visit Bertoldi’s. Eleanora went from table to table talking about her wines. In the fall of 2013 Jessica and I along with Angie and Jessica’s husband Mat, had the opportunity to visit with the Pieri family …and what a day it was.

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e met at the Bottegga in S. Angelo AScala which is a part of Montalcino. The store was busy and when we saw the display of meat we knew why. All the meats, salamis were in fine display; made from Prosciuttos he has hanging in storage.

From there we took a five minute drive to Poggio Stenti. Here is where all the grape vines are, as well as the farm with all of the animals that Carlos raises then butchers himself for the shop. The winery is built below the home which itself was built in 2008. So everything was brand new with a historical look.

We feel the Poggio Stenti wines are some of the best for the price there are in Italy.

We sat down for a great meal actually it was a feast with the Pieri family. We started with his artisanal meats and salamis, followed by pici with a Bolognese sauce… just too die for. Then Carlos had grilled a true Florentine steak from his shop on his outside grill where he also had an outdoor pizza oven. The steak was large then sliced. This steak was then followed by another steak. Each course was matched with one of their wines. We were able to select the wines that we are now featuring in our 2014 wine menu as the “DiFruscia Picks”. With the sangiovese grapes grown so close to Montalcino, the terroir is similar. We feel the Poggio Stenti wines are some of the best for the price there are in Italy. By the way, we had hired a driver which turned out to be a wise descision. We encourage you to sample their wines that we are so proud to feature on the menu.

We are offering all Poggio Stenti by the glass: the Bianco, Rose, Tribolo and Staffa or sample the Staffa, Tribolo and Rose in our wine flight. An opportunity to compare three sangiovese made three different ways.

BON APPETITO!

Supplier Spotlight: Q Water

January 5th, 2015 by

In the last decade, we have witnessed a huge spike in interest and support towards green initiatives. At Bertoldi’s we are fully committed to reducing our carbon footprint, and lessening our impact on the environment wherever we can.

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e have raved about the sustainable choices we make when deciding what goes into our food by buying from fresh, local suppliers. But what exactly are we serving you to drink? Well, like our food, our water is green all the way. It comes to you from the Q Water system which was introduced to replace the standard water bottle.

If every restaurant across Canada incorporated the Q water system, millions of glass and bottles would be saved each year

Using good ol’ tap water, Q Water offers premium 4-stage filtered water in either still or sparkling form. Each and every glass of water produced is clean and fresh tasting without any added sodium. The Q Water system is designed around an eco-friendly sustainability without bottles or delivery. If every restaurant across Canada incorporated the Q water system, millions of glass and bottles would be saved each year. At the time of writing this article, there have been 25,402,845 decanters filled and water bottles saved.

With a variety of products, the Q Water system is making eco-friendly water accessible to everyone in residential to large restaurant settings. Check out the Q Water website to see for yourself why they have become one of our favourite environmentally friendly companies.

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