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Happy Spring everyone! Rumor has it that tomorrow may look and feel more like the season that just ended, but then comes a rebound to more seasonal temps. I know, it is usually a slow march towards nicer weather and days this time of year, but it is coming. Longer days, warmer days, maybe even the sun if we’re lucky, it is all coming. Time to celebrate and head out for some fine food & wine. For our part, we will be featuring Swordfish and Red Grouper, both from off the southern coast of our country, and Lamb Chops from Colorado. I know this weekend often lends itself to a feast celebrating Easter, so I suggest perhaps letting us prepare your meals for you this weekend. We’d love to see ya’!

The wine world seems to ratchet up this time of year, with tastings and new releases, and fear not for I am working for you and attending as many of these tastings as I can to provide you with fine wine when you visit. We have received new releases of wines from Orin Swift (i.e. Dave Phinney) and the Prisoner Wine Company (i.e. the wines that Dave Phinney sold to this new company). The 2014 vintage of The Prisoner, the Zinfandel based blend, has arrived, the 2014 vintage of the Cabernet based Palermo, and the new release of Papillon, among Mr. Phinney’s higher end products. I also want to remind you of the Italian wines not on our list that are available. The Brunello di Montalcino from Molina del Piano is a well respected and rated red wine which we are offering at $50/bottle, which is a good value for a Brunello. The Antinori Rosso Toscana is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah, and comes from one of the most respected vineyards in Italy. It is available for
$30/bottle. Always remember, there is a lot of juice out there, and I am confident we have a wine here for you to enjoy.

We want to wish you all a most blessed and happy Easter. Thanks for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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I am pleased to announce the second release of the Fratello’s Wine Club. These wines come from France, Italy and Argentina, and each is a different red varietal for you to enjoy. These wines all have different flavor profiles and I have enjoyed them all. The wine from Argentina, which is a Malbec, we currently offer on our wine list. The wines will be available starting on Friday evening, March 18th, and thereafter any day that you are available to pick them up. The cost for this release with tax is $124.57 except for one member who has not received his wine bag.

In choosing wines for the club I intend to have an open mind and palate, to a degree letting my wine reps point me in one direction or another. There will be times, however, when I will seek a specific wine, by vineyard or varietal. This is the case with our first wine from France, which is from Burgundy. I think Burgundy is among the most difficult wine regions to get a handle on. The vineyards in Burgundy are very fragmented, with an average size of just 18.5 acres. Growers of grapes often have parcels of land in several vineyards, and a vineyard in the hands of one owner is very rare. Very often grapes are grown by different growers and blended to achieve a desired characteristic, which is what a negociant does, or wines can be released by a specific vineyard. The labels on the bottles also vary, either by the vineyard name in a Grand Cru, such as La Tache and Romanee-Conti, by the name of a commune or village followed by the name of the vineyard in a Premier Cru, as in
Chambolle-Musigny, by the name of a commune or village, such as Meursault, or simply by “Bourgogne”. What is consistent, however, is that if you are drinking a red Burgundy you are drinking a Pinot Noir, and if you are drinking a white Burgundy you are drinking a Chardonnay. Burgundy is the ancestral home of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and there are records suggesting that wine was made here as far back as the Roman times of Julius Cesar and even before that by the Gauls. Burgundy is the northernmost area in Europe to produce great red wine, and the most important wine region in Burgundy is the Cote d’Or, which then is separated into the Cote de Beaune and a bit to the north the Cote de Nuits. Unfortunately wines from Burgundy tend to be expensive, and wines from the Cote de Nuits tend to be very expensive, making them very difficult if not impossible to fit into the parameters of our club. But I wanted you to taste what a Burgundy is, because the expression of Pinot Noir
from Burgundy is very different from a Pinot from California, or from Oregon, or from many of the places worldwide that make Pinot Noir.

This wine is from Domaine Xavier Monnot, a Monthelie Rouge, which is a village in the Cote d’Or, next to Auxey-Duresses and southwest of the city of Beaune. This wine hails from a family wine making heritage dating back to 1723, and they use organic and biodynamic farming principals with low yields and they harvest by hand. It has lovely cherry flavor running through it, especially in the nose, with light tannins and acidity with a firm finish. There is an elegance to this wine. and although I think it pairs well with anything grilled, especially salmon or chicken, it probably would be lost against a very heavy dish such as a steak. Mushrooms also work well with this wine. I think it provides a sense of what a Burgundy is, which is what I was going after. Enjoy!

The second wine is from Italy, Inferi, a Montepulciano D’Abruzzo by Marramiero. Abruzzo is a region of Italy, like Tuscany, which borders the Adriatic Sea to the southeast of Rome. The grape in this wine is 100% Montepulciano, which is not to be confused with the town in Tuscany and the wine produced in that area, Vino Nobile de Montepulciano. This grape needs the heat of southern Italy to ripen properly, and this wine is medium to full bodied with excellent color and nose. It is very good with pasta and mushrooms, beef and game, mature cheeses and salami. The label is also very interesting, based on Dante’s Inferno.

The third wine is a Malbec from Argentina, an Estate Malbec from Colome. Malbec from Argentina is very different from Malbec from France, which like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is its ancestral home. I think what the planting of Malbec in Argentina has shown is that this varietal is best when grown at higher altitudes, and Argentina has among the highest altitude vineyards in the world. Colome, which is owned by the Hess Family, claims to be the highest vineyard in the world. I think it is fair to say that a high altitude vineyard in California would be in the 2800 foot range, but at Colome their vineyards go up to 8500 feet and beyond. Mendoza is the region most associated with Argentine Malbec, but Colome is in the Salta province to the north, near Boliva. The climate is semi-arid, a desert, and the high altitude provides more sun but less UV protection to the grapes, rendering them with a thicker and darker skin, which results in a wine of great intensity, good color, aroma
and flavor. The wine is deep colored with nice tannins, a great nose and smell. There is abundant fruit but not a fruit bomb like some Mendoza Malbecs, and there is a softness and pepper taste in the finish. We offer this wine on our wine list, and this is the most recent vintage.

I hope you enjoy these wines. Some you may like better than others, such goes the territory with wines, but it is also what makes drinking wine so much fun. Enjoy!
Ciao

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Greetings,

Before I say anything I want to wish you all a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! In my younger days I would have been downtown at the parade, paying a visit to Pat Joyce’s, etc., you know, enjoying the day. Today I am more of a wine guy, but that does not mean I do not celebrate St. Patrick’s, and I urge you to not only celebrate this wonderful day (St. Patrick aside, it’s pretty nice outside, cool but nice), but perhaps this entire weekend and head out for some good food & wine. We will be featuring Pork Osso Bucco (which is amazing), a little bit of Lemon Sole, and Silk Snapper. The days are longer now and spring is on its way, although it might be a bit nippy this weekend, so treat yourselves to a good meal. We’d love to see ya’!

Our wine board continues to feature the Cab from Joel Gott, the Sangiovese blend, Siena, by Ferrari-Carano from Sonoma, and the very fruit forward red blend, The Riddler, although supply is getting short on this one. I have also added to our supply of the Italian red Barbera from Riva Leone, available by the bottle or by the glass, which is among the best food wines out there. We also have a few bottles left of the Spanish Tempranillo, Tamaral. As I have told you, Tempranillo and for that matter Spanish wines are among the best values in the wine world, and this wine works very well with our menu. Our supply is limited, but fear not because I have another tasty Spanish wine waiting in the wings for its time on the stage. I also want to remind you of the Barbaresco, also by Riva Leone, that is available by the bottle and the excellent Pinot Noir from Oregon, Alloro, also available by the bottle. Alloro may not be the least expensive wine available, but the quality is there,
and for its price vs. quality it is definitely a good buy. Lastly, I have a few bottles of an Italian red from Antinori, one of the most renowned vineyards in Tuscany, Rosso Toscana. A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah, this is an excellent wine, its quality well beyond its $30/bottle price point. Just something to consider.

Whatever you may be doing today we hope you are safe and well, and we hope to see you soon. Thanks for all your continued support. Take care.

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I am pleased to announce the second release of the Fratello’s Wine Club. These wines come from France, Italy and Argentina, and each is a different red varietal for you to enjoy. These wines all have different flavor profiles and I have enjoyed them all. The wine from Argentina, which is a Malbec, we currently offer on our wine list. The wines will be available starting on Friday evening, March 18th, and thereafter any day that you are available to pick them up. The cost for this release with tax is $124.57 except for one member who has not received his wine bag.

In choosing wines for the club I intend to have an open mind and palate, to a degree letting my wine reps point me in one direction or another. There will be times, however, when I will seek a specific wine, by vineyard or varietal. This is the case with our first wine from France, which is from Burgundy. I think Burgundy is among the most difficult wine regions to get a handle on. The vineyards in Burgundy are very fragmented, with an average size of just 18.5 acres. Growers of grapes often have parcels of land in several vineyards, and a vineyard in the hands of one owner is very rare. Very often grapes are grown by different growers and blended to achieve a desired characteristic, which is what a negociant does, or wines can be released by a specific vineyard. The labels on the bottles also vary, either by the vineyard name in a Grand Cru, such as La Tache and Romanee-Conti, by the name of a commune or village followed by the name of the vineyard in a Premier Cru, as in
Chambolle-Musigny, by the name of a commune or village, such as Meursault, or simply by “Bourgogne”. What is consistent, however, is that if you are drinking a red Burgundy you are drinking a Pinot Noir, and if you are drinking a white Burgundy you are drinking a Chardonnay. Burgundy is the ancestral home of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and there are records suggesting that wine was made here as far back as the Roman times of Julius Cesar and even before that by the Gauls. Burgundy is the northernmost area in Europe to produce great red wine, and the most important wine region in Burgundy is the Cote d’Or, which then is separated into the Cote de Beaune and a bit to the north the Cote de Nuits. Unfortunately wines from Burgundy tend to be expensive, and wines from the Cote de Nuits tend to be very expensive, making them very difficult if not impossible to fit into the parameters of our club. But I wanted you to taste what a Burgundy is, because the expression of Pinot Noir
from Burgundy is very different from a Pinot from California, or from Oregon, or from many of the places worldwide that make Pinot Noir.

This wine is from Domaine Xavier Monnot, a Monthelie Rouge, which is a village in the Cote d’Or, next to Auxey-Duresses and southwest of the city of Beaune. This wine hails from a family wine making heritage dating back to 1723, and they use organic and biodynamic farming principals with low yields and they harvest by hand. It has lovely cherry flavor running through it, especially in the nose, with light tannins and acidity with a firm finish. There is an elegance to this wine. and although I think it pairs well with anything grilled, especially salmon or chicken, it probably would be lost against a very heavy dish such as a steak. Mushrooms also work well with this wine. I think it provides a sense of what a Burgundy is, which is what I was going after. Enjoy!

The second wine is from Italy, Inferi, a Montepulciano D’Abruzzo by Marramiero. Abruzzo is a region of Italy, like Tuscany, which borders the Adriatic Sea to the southeast of Rome. The grape in this wine is 100% Montepulciano, which is not to be confused with the town in Tuscany and the wine produced in that area, Vino Nobile de Montepulciano. This grape needs the heat of southern Italy to ripen properly, and this wine is medium to full bodied with excellent color and nose. It is very good with pasta and mushrooms, beef and game, mature cheeses and salami. The label is also very interesting, based on Dante’s Inferno.

The third wine is a Malbec from Argentina, an Estate Malbec from Colome. Malbec from Argentina is very different from Malbec from France, which like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is its ancestral home. I think what the planting of Malbec in Argentina has shown is that this varietal is best when grown at higher altitudes, and Argentina has among the highest altitude vineyards in the world. Colome, which is owned by the Hess Family, claims to be the highest vineyard in the world. I think it is fair to say that a high altitude vineyard in California would be in the 2800 foot range, but at Colome their vineyards go up to 8500 feet and beyond. Mendoza is the region most associated with Argentine Malbec, but Colome is in the Salta province to the north, near Boliva. The climate is semi-arid, a desert, and the high altitude provides more sun but less UV protection to the grapes, rendering them with a thicker and darker skin, which results in a wine of great intensity, good color, aroma
and flavor. The wine is deep colored with nice tannins, a great nose and smell. There is abundant fruit but not a fruit bomb like some Mendoza Malbecs, and there is a softness and pepper taste in the finish. We offer this wine on our wine list, and this is the most recent vintage.

I hope you enjoy these wines. Some you may like better than others, such goes the territory with wines, but it is also what makes drinking wine so much fun. Enjoy!
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Greetings,

Well, at least it is not snowing, which we all know it sure could be this time of year. But you know what they say about spring showers – something about flowers, but I was thinking about a good harvest (you know, wine). I do not think floods are forecast, however, so it looks like a good weekend to head out for some fine food & wine. We will be featuring Pork Tenderloin, Opah Fish from Hawaii, and King Clip Fish from off the coast of Africa (so we’re told). If you’re in the neighborhood we’d love to see ya’ – come keep us company, and enjoy a meal with us!

I have added two wines to our feature board. The Riddler returns as well as a Barbera from Italy. The Riddler is a red blend from Stratton Lummis, and although they are keeping the exact blend a secret (for whatever reason) I am pretty sure there is some Zinfandel, Petit Sirah and Cab in the blend. This Napa wine is very fruit forward, like many of the newer wines today, very approachable and easy to drink & enjoy. The Barbera comes from Piedmont in northwest Italy, the home of Barolo and Barbaresco, and to me is among the best food wines anywhere. Medium to full bodied, Barbera is grown elsewhere throughout the world but its true home is Piedmont. This wine would be very good with your dinner, but it also works on its own. The Spanish Tempranillo from Tamaral is also on the board, and I urge you again to try it. Tempranillo, like Barbera, is a wonderful food wine. A few other wines recently received but not yet on our wine list is a Barbaresco from the same vineyard that
makes the Barbera, Riva Leone, and a new Pinot Noir from Oregon, Alloro, from the Chehalem Mountain AVA part of the Willamette Valley. Barbarso is a fuller bodied wine, 100% Nebbiolo as is Barolo, but slightly more friendly, less austere perhaps. Usually on the pricey side, we are offering this wine at $34/bottle. The Pinot from Alloro is an Estate Pinot Noir, with deep color, nice acidity, excellent balance and full body. This wine is what fine Oregon Pinot Noir is all about. Not inexpensive, but a value for its quality at $54/bottle. Give them a try.

Remember, no floods this weekend (I hope!), so we’ll be here for you. Thanks for all your support, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

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Greetings,

I know it is snowing out as I write this, and Mon Dieu, it is even sticking!! But fear not, better days are coming. Not only are the days definitely getting longer, but I heard a rumor that next week we are expecting temps in the 60’s and some say may even approach 70 (I know, I don’t believe it either). I do know that our friend Daylight Savings is about to come back, and did I say that the days are getting longer? Time to be optimistic, I say (always better to be half full anyway), and treat yourselves to some fine food & wine this weekend. For our part, we will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Flat Iron Steaks, Haddock from the North Atlantic, and Gold Tile Fish from off the coast of Florida. We’d love to see ya’!

Our wine board is in a bit of transition, and by this weekend we will be featuring the Napa Cabernet from Joel Gott, the Sangiovese blend from Sonoma by Ferrari-Carano, and the Tempranillo, Tamaral, from Spain. I have mentioned Spanish wines in the past, and I am a big fan of these wines because they offer both quality and value and they work very well with our menu. This wine from Tamaral is a Tempranillo, the major red grape along with Garnacha in Spain, is medium to full bodied with both abundant fruit, body and structure. I also received more of the Brunello from Molino del Piano from Italy. Brunello along with Barolos, some Barbarescos and Amarone, are among the best and most expensive wines from Italy. This Brunello, however, is a value, Brunello wise, yet also earned 91 points when rated by the Wine Advocate. I usually feel with these wines that if they are under priced there usually is a reason, quality wise. This wine, while not inexpensive at $50/bottle but less
than the more typical $80 plus for a Brunello, does proved a glimpse into what Brunello, which is 100% Sangiovese, is all about. Just a thought.

Thanks to all of you who have supported us all these many years, through thick & thin, snow, rain, sleet & sun (we have it all, don’t we?). It is very much appreciated. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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It’s funny sometimes how things work out. Not “ha-ha” funny perhaps but “funny” nonetheless. Last week it was all sunny and looking up, this week not so much. But on the bright side the days are definitely longer, and the snow aside we are on the back nine winter wise. And it does not look like it will be too difficult to head out for some fine food & wine this weekend, like, say, at Fratello’s. We will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Strip Steak, Red Grouper from the South Atlantic, and Cape D’Or Salmon from Canada. Give it a thought, we’d love to see ya’!

On the wine front we are featuring a Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley by White Oak Vineyards, which is based in Sonoma. This wine offers upfront fruit, balance and a more forward body typical of Pinot from California, and it is priced at $39/bottle. The original price was $50. We also have a Brunello del Montalcino from Molino del Piano. This 2009 vintage is 100% Sangiovese and has been rated 91 by the Wine Advocate. Brunello is one of the premier wines from Italy, and it works very well with our menu. Most Brunellos are more expensive, typically $80 or more in a restaurant setting. This Brunello is $50. Lastly, we are still featuring the fruit forward Conundrum Red and the Tempranillo from Tamaral on our wine board. Conundrum is a dry wine but almost seems sweet because of all the forward fruit, and the Tempranillo as with most wines from Spain is a very good match with our menu. These wines are available by the bottle and by the glass. Give them a try.

We are grateful for your continued support and friendship, and we look forward to seeing you soon. Maybe this weekend.

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It sure was nice to see the sun today, non? And it looks like the news, at least weather wise, is looking up for the next few days. Sunny and warmer, a nice primer for what is coming our way in just a few short months (hopefully). Nothing to hold you back from venturing out for some good food & wine. Like, for instance, at Fratello’s, when this very weekend we will be featuring Prestige Pork Chops, Monk Fish and Chilean Sea Bass. The weather shouldn’t hold you back, and we’d love to see ya’!

A few changes are afoot on our wine board. I still have the Cabernet from Joel Gott and the Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carano, which have been staples for us for many months now, and joining them is the red blend Conundrum, a Cab from the Lake District north of Napa by Shannon Ridge, and a new wine from Spain, Tamaral. The blend in Conundrum is not indicated by the winemaker, but to me it has to include Petit Sirah and Zinfandel, along with some other varietals, and is not that much different from the other red blend we featured recently, The Riddler. I do think that Conundrum has a bit more depth than The Riddler has however. The Cab from Shannon Ridge offers a different take on Cabernet than the Joel Gott offers, perhaps more in the style of a Bordeaux wine from France with the fruit a bit more muted. Tamaral is a Ribera del Duero from Spain, the grape is Tempranillo, and this wine like many others from Spain work very well with our menu. I have mentioned before how well
Spanish wines work with our menu and that they typically offer a good value, and this wine is indicative of this. Lastly, we have more of the Brunello from Molino del Piano that I mentioned last week. This wine is rated 91 by the respected wine critic Robert Parker, and offers a pleasant nose, decent body and structure and ends with a nice finish. Not only an excellent wine with dinner, as I enjoyed this evening, but a value as well, especially for a Brunello, which all tend to have higher price points. My usual take is a Brunello at this price should be avoided, but not this one. Last week I had 6 bottles for the weekend, and we did not make it through Saturday. So we have more now. Give it a try.

Whatever you do this weekend I hope you enjoy yourselves and are safe, smiling and happy (and hopefully spend some time with us). Thank you for all your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Reservations accepted for parties of 5 or more.

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(440) 933-3380 in Lorain

Weekend Specials

Greetings,

Wouldn’t you know it, we get the coldest temps of the season on Valentines’s weekend! Do not be troubled, however, for it is warm in Fratello’s (I paid the bill) and we are here for you and your Valentine, or whomever you come with (we’re easy). However, be warned that on the actual Valentine’s Day this Sunday we will all be somewhere else with our Valentines. But this weekend we will be featuring Red Grouper, the ever popular Jumbo Sea Scallops and Certified Angus Beef Bone-in Rib Eye Steaks. And Veal and Shrimp and Pasta and Clams and Mussels and Eggplant and Chicken and….I am sure we have something to delight your palate.

On our wine board our supply of the very fruit forward Riddler is getting limited, but I expect delivery tomorrow of two new wines to join the Joel Gott Cabernet and Siena from Ferrari-Carano on the board. One is the new vintage of the red blend Connundrum and another is a Cabernet Sauvignon but not from Napa. This wine is from the Lake District north of Napa, and when tasting it I thought it offered a nice contrast from the Napa Cab from Joel Gott. Not better, just different, they are both good and the Joel Gott is not going anywhere as long as they have it. I also have a Brunello from 2009 that is not on our list but I was able to get it at a price point that puts it at $50 on our list, which is inexpensive for a Brunello. This wine from Molino del Piano is rated 91 by Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate, and just might be the wine to make your Valentine swoon. Just saying. I have said before, I am sure that we have a wine here for you, just ask.

Thanks you for your continued support, and remember that we are here to help you make your Valentine happy. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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

Weekend Specials

Greetings,

I know it is February and all, but those 50+ degree temps we had recently were pretty nice, non? One could get used to that, as I did, but unfortunately reality often finds a way to set in, as the recent chill seems to have done. But no need to despair, because one can still enjoy quality food & wine (thank God!!). For our contribution to this enjoyment, we will be featuring this weekend Certified Angus Beef Texas Sirloin, Flounder and Red Drum, the latter two being fresh fish from the Mid-Atlantic off the coast of the Carolinas. We hope you consider joining us this weekend for a nice dinner, or perhaps a nice beverage, or both – we’d love to see you!!

Our wine board continues to feature the Cab from Joel Gott, the Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carano, Sienna, and the Washington Cab blend Revelry and the Red Blend from California, The Riddler. The latter is a dry wine but with abundant fruit, so it is not as dry as many other wines out there, and the response so far has been very positive. Good with food or not, give it a try. If the fruit is too much for you, I would go with The Revelry, which is another red blend but with more subdued fruit. This is what I love about wine, among other things, is that there is a wine out there for everyone. Join us and I am confident we can match you up with a winner.

Rain, snow, cold or hot we are humbled by your support. Thank you sincerely, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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