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Mon, Oct 24



Ashes & Diamonds Dinner

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Ashes & Diamonds Dinner
Ashes & Diamonds Dinner

Time & Location

Oct 24, 2022, 6:30 p.m. EDT

Toronto, 87 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 3R9, Canada

About the Event

TICKET PRICE = $215/p (plus hst/grat) 


630pm - Arrival 

645pm - Sit down for dinner 

930pm - Estimated end time 


Reception: Henri Giraud Fût de Chêne

Course 1: 2016 Ashes & Diamonds Blanc

Course 2: 2016 Ashes & Diamonds Cabernet Franc

Course 3: 2016 Ashes & Diamonds Saffron Vineyard


Hamachi Crudo 

compressed pear, candied lemon marmalade, caulilini  

Wild Boar 

tagliatelle, san marzano, tarragon, pancetta, padano  

AAA Guelph Ontario Striploin 

mushroom duxelles, pomme pave, artichoke chips, sauce albufera  

Cheese Duo  

beau's abby, handeck, peach & haskap berry compote


Ashes & Diamonds is a love letter to the Napa Valley of the 1960s, when it first received international recognition as a prestige wine region. The project began as the brainchild of Kashy Khaledi, son of Darioush Khaledi (owner of Napa’s Darioush Winery est. 1997).

Khaledi, a former multimedia and advertising executive at Capitol Records, Live Nation, and MTV, was hitting a wall at Capitol Records when he came across the 1958 Polish war drama Ashes & Diamonds. The film had a profound effect and triggered a re-examination of his life and career. He promptly gave his notice at Capitol and began developing the winery, beginning production in 2014.

To make his wines, he enlisted Steve Matthiasson (of Matthiasson Wines) and Dan Petroski (of Massican and Larkmead). Brian Roettinger, who designed the album cover for Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, designed the labels. The stylistic inspiration at the outset were the old-school Napa wines of the 1960s (Mayacamas, Mondavi, Inglenook).

Matthiasson was drawn to the project by Khaledi’s respect for the historical and cultural context of the vineyards, not just their geology or ability to make great wine, as well as his respect for craftsmanship and willingness to let the winemakers tell the story in the bottle.

In 2015, Diana Snowden Seysses, of Domaine Dujac and Snowden Vineyards, replaced Petroski as co-lead winemaker with Matthiasson.

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