So much for a mild winter, non? I don’t know about you, but I was told last fall, by more than one person I should add, that we were up for another mild & easy winter, that I should forget about using my snowplow this year. So much for that. I know we’re on the back end of winter now, as I mentioned last week, but enough’s enough, if you know what I mean. Well I have a solution to the winter blues, if they paid you a visit this year. Come join us at Fratello’s, where once inside where it’s warm (I promise, I paid the gas bill) you can pretend it is any season that you want it to be (no windows, get it?), plus we will provide you with tasty food & wine. As for the food part, we will be featuring this weekend Certified Angus Beef Strip Steak, Gold Corvina Fish from Ecuador, and a little bit of Lemon Sole from Iceland. Consider joining us, we’d love to see ya’!

As for the wine part, we still have a few bottles of the Pendulum Meritage red blend from Washington, which is a Cabernet based blend, as well as the Location E from Spain, which is a Tempranillo based red wine. Our supply is getting low, however, and wines from Italy and Australia are waiting in the wings for their chance to go onstage. I also have a few wines that are not on our list and are available by the bottle only, but remember that you can take home any wine that you can not finish at the restaurant. The Querceto di Castellina Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Sei is a blend of mostly Sangiovese with a small amount of Merlot. The Gran Selezione designation is fairly new and is a step up from the Riserva level, it is made with only estate fruit, meaning owned and grown by the winery, and it is usually aged a bit longer, thereby resulting in a more full bodied wine. I liked this wine, as did at least one other wine publication who rated it a 92. The other plus is that for a Gran Selezione it is priced more reasonably. This same vineyard also make a 100% Merlot, called Toscana Podaliro, which we also have available. This wine is also rated very good, but what I like is the mix of fruit and body, all with a smooth finish. Lastly, there is the Napa Cellars St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon V Collection, which up until now has only been available at the winery. This wine is 100% Cabernet, the fruit is from St. Helena in Napa, and it will not disappoint. It is very limited, only a little over 100 cases were sent to the entire state, and it will not be around very long. A big plus is that it is priced very aggressively, and it is more expensive at the winery than what it is here. I urge you to consider it while I have some. Just a thought.

As always, we are humbled by your support and friendship, it is very much appreciated. We hope you are well, and we look forward to seeing you soon.