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Boy, what a week it’s been, non? Starting with last Sunday, a day that will forever be remembered around these parts, leading up to that amazing parade yesterday. Definitely one for the ages (although let’s hope that we don’t have to wait so long for another parade). And I suggest we keep all the good vibes going all weekend, like, maybe, heading out to celebrate with some fine food & wine. Which it just so happens that we will providing this weekend, when we will be featuring Prestige Pork Chops, Uku Fish from Hawaii and fresh Lemon Sole from the Atlantic. And we will be here all weekend to celebrate with you. Join us, we’d love to see ya’!

On our wine board the Pinot Noir from Oregon, Persnickety, is nearly gone, with only a few bottles left, but our supply of the excellent red from Portugal, Confidencial Reserve, is still okay. I urge you to try this wine. It has excellent fruit, medium body, very tasty either with food or by itself. As I mentioned last week, I am a fan of wines from both Portugal and Spain and we have offerings from both countries on our list. When Persnickety is gone I have several wines from Italy to join the program, one from Piedmont and one from Umbria, so fear not that we will run out of wines for you to enjoy. As I have often commented, I am confident that we have a wine for you to enjoy at Fratello’s.

I hope you are well and remaining cool in these humid times we find ourselves in. Thanks for all your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

P.S. How about those Cavs!!! Hooray!!!

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Greetings,

I knew it was too good to last. I love those cooler nights and days, the kind where air conditioning is not really needed. Today, not so much, it’s the kind of day where I am very glad I have AC. And it looks like more of the same is headed our way, with some rain (hopefully). But we try to keep it cool here at Fratello’s, at least in the dining room, so don’t heat up your kitchens, come join us! We will be featuring this weekend Certified Angus Beef Porterhouse Steak, Alaskan King Salmon, and Mako Shark from Hawaii. We will be here, and would love to see ya’!

On our wine board I have formally added the Pinot Noir from Oregon I mentioned last week, Persnickety. The wine gets its name because the Pinot Noir grape can be picky and fussy, unpredictable and difficult to grow and to vinify, and their goal is to make a “really good” bottle of wine that doesn’t cost $50 or more. I think they have succeeded. This Oregon Pinot is aged in French oak and is bold and rich, with ripe raspberries and decent tannins on the palate. It is very inexpensive for a Pinot, especially from Oregon, of this quality. I have also brought back the red blend from Portugal, Confidencial Reserve, to our list. This wine is medium to full bodied, very well balanced with smooth tannins and decent acidity. A blend of 10 different national (i.e. Portugese) and international varietals, this wine works very well with our menu. While on the topic, I urge you to consider wines from Portugal when selecting a wine to enjoy with your dinner, wherever that might be
(hopefully here, just saying). I think wines from the Iberian peninsula, meaning Portugal and Spain, offer among the best value in today’s wine world, and they work very well with our menu. We have wines from both countries on our list, so give them a try.

I hope you are staying cool and are well, and are enjoying the last days of spring. Thanks for all your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

P.S. GO CAVS!!!!

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Greetings,

If this is how our summer is going to roll sign me up. I love the warm but not too hot days, the nights you can sleep without needing the air on, all good. But one thing, hot, humid, mild or cold, one has to eat, non? Well, we at Fratello’s are here for you. Like this weekend, when we will be featuring Piedmontese Boneless Beef Short Ribs, Atlantic Halibut and, in part by popular demand, Jumbo Sea Scallops. This weekend looks primo to head out for some fine food & wine, so we hope to see you. We’ll be here, come keep us company.

I have added a wine to our feature board that I think you will like. The Jax Y3 Taureau is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel from a Calistoga vintner I respect. It is an approachable, everyday drinking wine with excellent fruit, good color, and very food friendly. All for $28/bottle. I also plan to add to the board a new Pinot Noir from Oregon, Persnickety, room permitting, which is a Willamette Valley Pinot at an affordable rate. A Pinot loving friend of mine gave me a thumbs up, which matches my thoughts on the wine, so you ought to try it. Pinot Noir from Oregon, as I have told you before, more matches Pinot Noir from France, which is its ancestral home, more than Pinot Noir from California does. This is no knock on Californian Pinot, which I love and we have several to choose from on our wine list, but Pinot from Oregon is exceptional. We have several Oregon Pinot Noirs on our list as well. Some of you, a dear friend of mine for instance, turn
their noses up at Pinot Noir, but I urge you to give them a chance. They are wonderful food wines, perhaps not with hearty meals such as steaks, but work well with some seafood and poultry, and are excellent on their own. There is a world of wine out there, go exploring.

I hope you are enjoying our good weather fortune, and that you are well. Thanks for all your support, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

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Greetings,

Pretty warm out, non? I know it has been even warmer already – as I said last week, we really know it in our kitchen when it’s hot out – but it sure looks and feels like summer already. Which is not bad thing, because summer is a great time to head out for some fine food & wine, hopefully at a nice little Italian restaurant in Avon Lake. Like, say at Fratello’s, when this weekend we will be featuring Brazilian Black Grouper, Mahi-mahi from Hawaii, and Certified Angus Beef Texas Sirloin. I know this time of year there are a lot of demands on your time, like your lawns, your golf game, your boat, your whatever, but we sure love to see ya’!

On our wine board we continue to feature the red blend from Andis from Amador County, California, Painted Fields. This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cabernet Franc and Petit Sirah, medium to full body, excellent fruit, good finish, just a good tasting wine that matches well with our menu. It joins the Cab from Joel Gott and the Sangiovese blend, Siena, from Ferrari-Carano, and we also have a few bottles left of the excellent red blend from Australia by Rubus, their Proprietary Reserve. I have a nice Pinot Noir from Oregon and another red blend from California by Jax in the wings awaiting their turn on the board. I expect their debut to be very soon, but ask me about them, I love to try new wines again. Who doesn’t? As I have said many times, some might say ad nauseum, it is fun and interesting to try new wines, and I am confident that we have a wine here that will work for you.

We hope you are well and in good health, and we look forward to seeing you soon. Thanks for all your support. Take care.

Ciao

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Greetings,

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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Greetings,

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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Weekend Specials

Greetings,

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

P.S. Happy Mothers Day!!

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Greetings,

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.

Ciao

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