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Hope you enjoyed our spring, what there was of it? I know it is still technically spring, and the colors on the trees are not yet the deep green more typical of summer, but it sure feels like summer already. Especially in our kitchen. And Memorial Day, which is fast approaching, is the unofficial start of summer, or so they say. So I say, let’s run with that, let’s get into the summer frame of mind – you know, get out, have some fun, and enjoy some fine food and wine. Well, that’s what summer means to me anyway. We at Fratello’s are here for you and we can help you. Our features this weekend will be Certified Angus Beef Strip Steaks, Chilean Sea Bass and Stripped Marlin. So I think we can help you on the food part.

We can help you on the beverage part as well. Our wine feature board continues with the Cab from Napa from Joel Gott, the Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carano from Sonoma, Siena, and the interesting red blend from Rubus from Australia, Proprietary Red. This week I added a 2011 red wine from Andis from Amador County, Painted Fields. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah. It is a rich, medium to full bodied red, fairly complex for the price, and works well with our menu. FYI in the wings I have several other reds waiting their turn to join the board, so I am confident we have a wine for you to enjoy. As for beer, as it is a bit on the warm side out there, we continue to pour on draft the Headhunters IPA, which many like this time of year. Enjoy.

We hope you are well and enjoying our good weather fortune, and we hope to see you soon. I know the Cavs are doing their thing tomorrow – hopefully really doing their thing – but remember we are here for you and them and we will be rooting them on. Thanks for all your support, it is truly appreciated. Take care.

Ciao

P.S. As we hope you will be doing, we will be enjoying the Memorial Day holiday with our families and friends. Be safe, enjoy your holiday, and we hope to see you soon.

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I am pleased to announce the third release of the Fratello’s Wine Club. With this release I have three new wines to share with you from three very different wine regions. Unlike our past releases these wines are not only a different varietal but a different type of wine, a Chardonnay, a Rose and a Cabernet. The wines will be available starting on Friday, May 27th, and thereafter any day that you are available to pick them up. The cost for this release with tax is $102.21.

The Chardonnay I have chosen comes from Australia from Leeuwin Estate. As I mentioned with our last wine release, the ancestral home for Chardonnay is Burgundy, France, but clearly there are amazing Chardonnays around the world. The story of Leeuwin Estate begins with Robert Mondavi, who in the early 1970’s identified that area as a suitable area for the production of quality, premium varietal wines. Initially a cattle farm, Leeuwin Estate evolved under the direction of owners Denis and Tricia Horgan, and the Estate is currently run by the second generation of the Horgan family. It is located in Australia’s most southwestern point and surrounded by ocean on three sides, the Margaret River region, and offers a consistent maritime climate. Leeuwin Estate makes a variety of wines, including a Sauvignon Blanc, a Riesling and a Cabernet and a Merlot, but they are perhaps best known for their award winning Chardonnay. Their flagship Chardonnay is their Art Series, which has
received numerous awards and high ratings but comes at a cost, usually $85 and up per bottle. This wine, their Prelude Series, is their introductory Chardonnay but offers no less quality in my judgment. This 2011 vintage has received ratings from 90 to 94 by a number of wine publications, and in tasting the Prelude vs. the Art Series Chardonnay several years ago I actually favored the Prelude. This wine offers a perfect balance between grapefruit and peach flavors, with citrus flavors shining. Light yellow in color, this wine offers good structure and balance. It has oak but not too heavy, and this is not a huge malolactic (i.e. buttery) wine, which renders it a better match for food. 2011 was an outstanding vintage, and this wine is opulent and age worthy but ready to drink now. One of my favorite Chardonnays at any price, I have enjoyed this wine with a variety of seafood and on its own. By the way, the musical notation on the bottom of the label on the bottle is a nod to
the series of musical concerts the Estate sponsors at the vineyard, for which they are very well known. A long way to go for a concert, but Leeuwin Estate looks like a beautiful place.

The second wine is a Rose from France, the 2015 Mas de Gourgonnier from Les Baux de Provence, France. As with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and other varietals as well, I consider France, and specifically Provence, to be the ancestral home of Rose wine. Made from red grapes, Provence Rose has the character of a red wine and the crispness of a white and is a dry wine. Let me repeat, a dry wine, nothing like the Roses popular many years ago and another pink wine in the market. They can be drunk as an aperitif, which I have done, but they are truly at their best when paired with food, such as seafood, fish, salads, light meat dishes and even barbecue. I have long been a fan of Rose wine, in large part because my very first “eureka” moment with wine was with a Rose from France many years ago. The wine publications suggest this is the year for Rose, and for some of you this may be your introduction to quality, dry Rose. This is why I have selected this wine from France, and although
there are many other excellent Roses from around the world, including Spain and California, I think it appropriate to start with a Rose from Provence. Mas de Gourgonnier is a certified organic vineyard from Les Baux de Provence, a village to the northwest of Aix-en-Provence, which has been named one of the most beautiful villages in France. It is at the foot of the Alpilles mountains where Provence begins to edge up to Languedoc and has a Mediterranean climate, warm and dry. The wine is light pink in color with a hint of orange, with candied orange rinds, cherries and pepper on the nose, and strawberries on the palate. The wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 18% Cabernet, 12% Cinsault, 6% Mourvedre and 4% Syrah, all red wines, and its intense flavors speak to these red wine origins. I love the nose of this wine, the way it feels in the mouth, its overall flavor. I consider Rose to be the quintessential summer wine, and since we can’t head out to a local cafe I urge you to enjoy
this wine on your porch, your deck, your boat, your backyard, or wherever. I think this will open your minds, and palates, to Rose. You will never think of pink wine the same again.

For the third wine I wanted to select a Cabernet from California, a wine you could enjoy this summer with your barbecue. This 2013 Jax Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon comes from northern Calistoga at the foot of Mount St. Helena, just south of Knight Valley and one of the most northern vineyards along Highway 29. Established in 1996, Jax uses a sustainable approach to farming with minimal intervention in the vineyard and harvesting by hand. Because of its location in the vineyard, the site of this Cabernet only sees afternoon sun on most days, allowing for a slow ripening process and fruit with supreme concentration. Kirk Venge is the winemaker, who is not only very respected but hails from a family renown for their ability to craft award winning wines. This wine is considered an undiscovered gem, and I suspect many of you are not familiar with Jax wines. The wines offers plenty of fruit with wonderful texture and balance, with blackberry and cassis fruit. Full bodied, a very
deep color and ripe cherry, herbs and chocolate in the nose and flavor, this wine offers depth and richness, and has been rate from 90-92 points by the Wine Advocate. Although perhaps not as well known as are other Napa Cabs, this is a quality Cabernet, and with a total production of just 989 cases is not readily available, just the kind of wine we like for our club. For those of you who partake, I would suggest a steak or similar meat dish to enjoy with this wine, and for those of you who do not I am sure you can think of something equally hearty to enjoy with this wine. Enjoy.

I enjoy all these wines, as I am confident you will as well. I am planning the next wine release hopefully in early September. Be safe and enjoy your summer, and we look forward to seeing you soon, perhaps at Fratello’s. Enjoy your wine!

Ciao

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Greetings,

Finally, this is more like it! The sun is out, the temps are near the 60’s and heading up, this is what May should be all about. Perfect time to treat yourselves and head out for some fine food & wine (although I would argue when isn’t?). This weekend, when it is supposed to be pretty nice except for a few sprinkles on Saturday, we will be featuring Berkshire Pork Chops, Atlantic Halibut and Arctic Char. Come on, join us, we’d love to see ya’!

A few changes to our wine list. We say adieu to the excellent red from Portugal, Confidencial Reserve (although it will be back, I promise) and welcome a new red blend from Australia, Rubus Proprietary Red Blend. This wine comes from the Rubus negociant project run by Fran Kysela, formerly of Rocky River, and is a blend of three grapes from Australia, Shiraz being one of them. The goal of his Rubus project is to buy, bottle and market wines at a very good quality/price ratio, and they currently have wines from around the world. This wine offers deep, ruby color and fruit flavors in the nose, with a full palate , good structure and soft finish. A delicious wine at an amazing value. I have also added several wines to our wine list, including a red blend from Portugal, Esporao Reserve, and another red from France, Crozes Hermitage, Les Jalets from Domaine Jaboulet. Crozes Hermitage comes from the northern Rhone in France, and the vineyards are very close to the much more
expensive Hermitage. This wine is 100% Syrah, and is very different than Shiraz, aka Syrah, from Australia, which tend to be much more fruit orientated. Crozes Hermitage, by contrast, is more restrained and elegant, and reflects the influence of the soil and climate on the wine, which the French call terroir. We offer the Crozes Hermitage Les Jalets and its big brother, Crozes Hermitage , Domaine de Thalabert, which is older and more elegant. Syrah is among my favorite grapes, and it is fun and interesting to see how it differs when grown in different areas around the world. We offer Syrah from France, Australia, California and Washington, and they all have different taste profiles. I urge you to try them all. These differences, sometimes subtle and sometimes more drastic, are among the reasons I love wine. Give them a try.

We hope you are well and enjoying our pleasant change in weather. Thank you for all your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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I’m glad the weather folks dropped the ball today re:rain all day as I was starting to feel all Northwestern. I have been up there several times, and although it is one of my favorite parts of our country what we do not want to replicate is the weather in Seattle, at least in the spring, although it seems like we have been doing that recently. But what Seattle does have is fine restaurants, and we would like to convince you that there are some fine restaurants in our neck of the woods as well. Take Fratello’s, for example, when we will be featuring this weekend Certified Angus Beef Delmonico Steaks, Black Grouper and Swordfish, along with all the Fratello “specials” that have sustained us these 23 years and counting – you know, Chicken and Veal and Shrimp Fratello, Veal Salt, all the Parms, the mussels & clams & pasta & calamari &….you know. We hope you have a chance to visit, we’d love to see ya’!

I have tasted several new wines recently that I think are worthy of our wine board, so one can expect some new wines in the coming weeks. We are still running with the Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre red blend from Yangarra from Australia, and the red wine from Portugal, Confidential Reserve, went so well that I ordered another case this week. They join our standbys, the Cab from Joel Gott from Napa and the Sangiovese blend from Sonoma by Ferrari-Carano, Siena, which we have featured for some time now because they offer both quality and value. Fairly new in our program is an amazing Pinot Noir from Oregon from Alloro and a Cab/Syrah blend from Sonoma from Palmeri. Lastly, I want to remind you of the other wines from Portugal that are on our list. These wines also offer quality and value and I urge you to consider them. Remember, one of the best things about wine is trying and discovering new wines.

Thanks for your continued support all these years, it is very much appreciated. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Well, at least it is not snowing. Sure could be a bit warmer though, and it would be nice if the sun would make an appearance. But the temps notwithstanding, we have some nice specials for you to enjoy and celebrate the big day this weekend. We will be featuring Wild Ivory King Salmon from Alaska, Blue Marlin from Hawaii, and grass fed Kobe Beef Filet Mignon. It also looks like some special apps and sides might be in the works as well. We hope you have a chance to join us.

There are a few changes afoot with our wine program. I have added an excellent Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre red blend from Australia to our wine board. This wine is from Yangarra, a vintner from McLaren Vale, and the wine offers both fruit and body and works very well with our menu. The red from Portugal, Quatro Castas, is nearly gone but another excellent red blend also from Portugal is in the wings waiting its turn. As I mentioned last week I have become a fan of reds from Portugal, and I plan to add another wine to our wine list. This wine is from Esporao, a relatively new winemaker but whose wines I have great respect for. This Red Reserve is a blend of a number of grapes indigenous to Portugal, along with some Cabernet Sauvignon, and it was among the stars at a recent wine tasting I attended. It joins the red from Cartuxa, which has many of the same grapes as the Red Reserve except for the Cabernet. And the red from Poeira from Douro, also on the list, is among the best
wines I have tasted recently. Portugal has much to offer wine wise besides Port, and their wines are typically a very good value. I urge you to give them a try.

As you very well know this is somewhat of a special weekend coming up, the weekend we honor all the Mothers out there. My brother and I were blessed with a wonderful Mother, and if I had a choice I could not have picked a better Mother, as I am sure many of you feel as well. Plus I am thankful to be married to another wonderful Mother. We are grateful to all the Mothers, and the Fathers, and the Sons and Daughters, whose support and friendship has sustained us all these many years. My thanks to you all, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

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Well, look on the bright side, May is just around the corner. Which means June is not far behind, which means that summer is coming as well. Really. Which will be nice, because it is not too summer like out there right now. No need for despair, however, because you could always head out to see us at Fratello’s and once inside pretend it is summer already. No windows do have some benefits. But if this does not prompt you, perhaps this well. We will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Delmonico Steaks, Red Grouper and Hokkaido Scallops from Japan, which are among the finest scallops anywhere. We would love to see you, we hope you can make it!

Very few changes to our wine program this week. By this weekend I expect to add a new red wine from Portugal to our feature board, and I also have a Grenache blend from Australia that will make its way to the board once space permits. I have tasted recently a Pinot Noir from Oregon that I plan to feature, as well as a red blend from Paso Robles that is primarily a Cabernet Sauvignon. Look for these in the weeks to come. Remember the Brunello from Molino del Piano and the Cab/Syrah blend from Palmeri from Sonoma that I mentioned last week, as well as the excellent Chardonnay, Four Hearts, from California. A Chardonnay loving friend gave me thumbs up on this wine. We do have plenty of wines at Fratello’s, and I am sure that we have a wine that would work for you.

We hope you are well and smiling, and today anyway, dry. Thanks for all your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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Greetings,

Call me crazy, but I think the worst is behind us, at least weather wise, and perhaps once the convention is behind us other ways as well. I know we will be on a yo-yo for awhile, but it looks like a decent weekend to head out for some good food & wine. We will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Texas Sirloin, Mongchong Fish, and Halibut. Of course there will always be some Veal & Shrimp & Pasta & Clams & Mussels & Eggplant & Chicken & Hot Antipasta & Calamari and….We hope you have a chance to see us, we’d love to see ya’!

On our wine board we are running low on the Rhone blend from California, Juicy Rebound, and our supply of the Spanish Rioja from Palacio del Burgo is also running low. These are both very good wines and I have grown very fond of them. In the wings I have some reds from Portugal, California and Australia waiting their turn on the stage. I have added several wines to our wine list. The Brunello di Montalcino from Molino del Piano is now on our list and available at $50/bottle, which is very inexpensive for a quality Brunello. Rated 91 pts. by The Wine Advocate, this 2009 wine is the best Brunello I have tasted at this price point. The 2010 Crozes Hermitage from Jaboulet is a Syrah from the northern Rhone region of France. This is an old world wine from one of the best producers in the Rhone, meaning the fruit and nose are more restrained than are Syrahs from California and Australia, but this is not a puny wine. It offers an elegance from one of the premier wine regions in all
of France. The 2010 Cartuxa from Portugal is a blend of four grapes, three of which are indigenous to Portugal, and is an excellent wine at its price point, which is $34/bottle. Medium to full bodied, this gives you an idea of what wines from Portugal are all about, and offer among the best values in wine today. The 2011 Dark & Brooding from Palmeri is a combination of Syrah from Sonoma Cty. and Cabernet from Napa, and offers fruit, body and style. The 2012 Alloro is a Pinot Noir from the Chehalem Mts. region of the Willamette Valley in Oregon, and is among the best Pinots from Oregon I have tasted recently. Lastly, the 2013 Chardonnay from Four Hearts Vineyard is made with Russian River fruit, which I think provide among the finest Chardonnays from California. This wine has both balance and structure, the oak is there but not excessive, and is simply a very fine California Chardonnay. Four Hearts has received many outstanding ratings from the wine press, and their Chardonnay
has been served at White House dinners by the last four U.S. presidents.

Thank you for your continued support and friendship. We hope to see you soon.

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Weekend Specials

Greetings,

Boy, what a week we have just had! Last Saturday my backyard had perhaps the most snow as the whole winter, and this weekend I have a tee time for golf. Crazy, huh? I know we all should be used to it, but a little consistency would be nice. Speaking of, “consistency” is something we strive to do at Fratello’s, be it with our food, or our service, or our wine program. Take this weekend, when we will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Bone-in Cowboy Rib Eye Steaks, Blue Marlin, and Arctic Char. I have my fingers crossed that any snow will stay away and be nothing but a distant memory, so it looks like great temps to head out for some fine food & wine. We’d love to see ya’!

I have made a few minor changes to our wine program. The Rhone blend from California, Juicy Rebound, has now joined the wine board, and the lighter style of Tempranillo from Palacio del Burgo from Spain, a Rioja, is still with us. As I mentioned last week, this Rioja is a different style of Tempranillo from what you might have experienced, and I find that it pairs very well with our menu. I also have received several different wines from Portugal that I plan to add to the board when space is available, and although they are not yet on our wine list we can make them available to you. These wines are inexpensive and are mostly made with grapes native to Portugal. Most of us know Portugal for their Port wines, which are wonderful and which we also have several on hand, but they also make excellent red and white wines as well. We already have an amazing red from Portugal on our list, and I plan in the coming months to introduce other wines from this area to our program. As I have
often said – and will probably say again – there is a lot of amazing juice out there for us to enjoy, which is among the many reasons I enjoy wine so much. Just a thought.

I hope the sun brings smiles to your faces and perhaps adds a little more skip to your hop (?), and most importantly that you are well. Thanks for your continued support and friendship, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Weekend Specials

Greetings,

Remember last week when I suggested that April was starting out kind of “lamby”? I guess we can forget about that. I mean, I get it – the days are getting longer, we are in spring now (well, technically), but it sure seems a bit nippy out there. But there is a silver lining. The weather and temps out there are perfect for some fine Italian food & wine, which we plan to be serving this weekend (and tonight, and next week, and…). Our features include Pork Tenderloin, Red Grouper and Black Bass, both of which were caught off the coast of our southern states. Come join us, we’d love to see ya’!

On our wine board we continue to feature the Cab from Joel Gott, the Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carano from Sonoma, a Barbera from Italy, the Riddler red blend from Napa and the Rioja from Palacio del Burgo from Spain. I enjoyed this Rioja with some pasta this week and it is a different style of Tempranillo and Rioja from what you might be used to. Rioja is traditionally a more robust red wine, as are the Rioja wines we have on our wine list, but this wine is from a new generation of producers who favor a fresher and younger style, a lighter and perhaps brighter style. This seems to be somewhat of a trend today, and the Riddler which we also feature is another example of this style of winemaking. These are very friendly wines, drinkable with food or by themselves. In the wings awaiting a space on our feature wine board is a Rhone red blend from Napa with the name of Juicy Rebound, which tells you what type of wine it is. I also went to a very good tasting recently where I
enjoyed some excellent wines from Portugal, Sonoma, Napa, Washington and South Africa, and stay tuned because some of these wines will show up in our wine program soon. Remember, there is a lot of great juice out there for you to enjoy.

Thanks for you continued support, rain or shine, snow in April, whatever, it is very much appreciated. We hope you are well, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Reservations accepted for parties of 5 or more.

(440) 871-3054
(440) 933-3380 in Lorain

Weekend Specials

Greetings,

What do they say about March, in like a lion, out like a lamb? I’m not sure about that, but it sure seems a bit “lamby” out there as I write this. Now I know, there is a rumor out there that things are about to change for us, and I have even heard the “S” word thrown about. But we northeast Ohioans are a hearty stock, and we are not about to let a little blip in the weather or temps stop us from heading out to enjoy ourselves with some fine food & wine, right? Consider this, we will be featuring this weekend Cape D’Or Salmon from Nova Scotia, Certified Angus Beef Delmonico Steak, and Wahoo Fish from Hawaii (remember, Monday is opening day for the Tribe). We hope you have a chance to see us, we’d love to see ya’!

I have made a few changes to our wine feature board for the weekend. The Tempranillo from Tamaral is gone, but I have replaced it with a Rioja Riserva from Palacio del Burgo. This wine is also 100% Tempranillo and has been highly rated by the Wine Spectator. Medium to full bodied with nice acidity and tannins, this wine should work well with our menu. A new case of the fruit forward blend from Napa, Riddler, has also arrived, and in the wings we should also have a Rhone style blend from California that I recently tasted. Come enjoy some wine with us.

Remember, spring is here, so things are looking up.We hope you are well, and are very grateful for your support. We hope to see you soon. Take care.

Ciao

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Copyright © 2016 Fratello’s, All rights reserved.

Reservations accepted for parties of 5 or more.

(440) 871-3054
(440) 933-3380 in Lorain