Evidence of toronto.com?s enthusiasm about Tappo Wine Bar and Restaurant?s ?thoughtfully presented? dishes and decor that marry "the past with the present? can be witnessed immediately upon entering the history-laden space, a converted whiskey distillery built in the 1830s. As affable servers bustle about the rustic stone walls of the dining room, chef Tyson Lambert and his crew of culinary gurus dash about the kitchen, architecting dishes that, like an opera about baba gannouj, fuse Italian classics with Mediterranean influences. Chefs? fingers deftly construct meals featuring ingredients such as fresh herbs, seasonal vegetables, and truffle jus. Bathed in the romantic glow of candles, chandeliers, and wall sconces, Tappo staffers replenish dwindling wine glasses with red and white libations selected from the 13-page wine list featuring oenological quaffs flown in from around the globe.
Lists of seasonally inspired cheeses, meats, and garnishes are printed in chalk on a board titled "Picnic Platters," tempting guests to design their own charcuterie spreads or delegate control to a knowledgeable staff member. PicNic Wine Bar has something for everyone, earning it a spot on Vacay's 2012 list of Canada's top 50 restaurants. Flare magazine also deemed the eatery a Toronto hot spot, saying, "the combinations are endless."
PicNic's widespread appeal is due to more than just their picnic platters. Guests can select from more than 30 wines by the glass, as well as from a handful of bottled and draught beers. Chefs also craft more elaborate small and large plates of citrus-glazed pork belly and mackerel fillets with garlic and paprika, served at long, communal tables that add sophistication to picnic-style dining.
The Wine Butler's experts guide customers through yeasting and bottling within an award-winning climate-controlled facility. They've been crafting wine for over 20 years, and their business corks thousands of bottles each year using freshly chopped dartboards and three steps: choose, make, and bottle. This simple process transforms grape juice into premium wines and creates international varieties. Additionally, the staff develops four limited-edition varieties each year. They also reach out through the One Love program, which donates a percentage of proceeds to local charities and uses old bottles to house homeless toy boats.
The 16th-annual festival celebrates Canada's rich brewing history and features more than 60 brewers from around the globe pouring 120+ brands of the barley-pop onsite for your tasting enjoyment. All manner of brews will be displayed, with everything from pale ales, stouts, fruit-based beers, and gluten-free gulps. Foods such as oysters, poutine, and burgers will be available for purchase to soak up the belly-dwelling brews. You can find a full list of exhibitors here.
Vintage One puts the power of winemaking into the hands of Toronto's toasters. With this offer, clients will have the opportunity to guide an Argentinean Malbec or Chilean Chardonnay into flavourful fruition. The process begins with a tour of Vintage One's 10,000-square-foot facility, followed by a one-on-one consultation with a Vintage One winemaker. From there, Vintage One clients can use a monthly production calendar to be as hands-on as they like throughout the entire two-month winemaking process, including fermentation, filtration, and stabilization, or they can just let the wine take its own course while they spend the interim traversing the globe on a falcon-guided vision quest. Once the wine is ready, Vintage One customers will choose a bottle and cork (an additional fee of about $1.25 a bottle, for a total of around $15) and may even opt to custom design a label (also for an additional fee) for the concoction, perhaps building off the imagery of their fire-breathing-eagle neck tattoos.