Greetings!

Well, it looks like the yo-yo of a winter has decided to go cold once again, although it looks to swing warmer in a few days. So it goes, I guess, and we probably should not be surprised, seems to be a fact of life around these parts. You know what is (or should be, and if not let me know) another fact of life in these parts —- why, that you can mosey over to Fratello’s for some fine food & wine. In this regard we will be featuring Certified Angus Beef T-Bone Steaks, Chilean Sea Bass Cheeks, and the return of Jumbo Sea Scallops, all for your dining pleasure. Consider joining us, we’d love to see ya’!

As for the wine part, a new wine that I like has joined our feature board. The 2016 Woodcutters Shiraz from Barossa Valley, a prime wine spot in Australia, is made by Torbreck, a vineyard some of you are familiar with. Torbreck and this wine in particular have received very good reviews, and it is what one wants in a quality Shiraz from Australia. I suggest you try it while it’s in hand, because a Chianti and Nebbiolo from Italy are waiting in the wings for their chance to impress you. Some new wines will also join the party soon, including a new Soave from Italy, and a new Valpolicella and Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, also from Italy. The Nebbiolo is made by Pelissero, who is a rising star in Piedmont, and I also have a few bottles of their Nubiola Barbaresco, 2010 vintage. Although Pelissero also makes a Barbera and a Dolcetto, their main focus is Barbaresco, and I have been impressed with their efforts.  Barbaresco is a 100% Nebbiolo sourced wine, like Barolo but a bit softer. Medium to full bodied, Nebbiolo makes wonderful wines, and I suggest you try them, be it a Barolo, a Barbaresco, or more simply a Nebbiolo Langhe, and we have all these wines available. Just a thought.

We hope you are well and have avoided the bugs that have been around this winter. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

Greetings!

Looks like we’re at that “tease” time of year again. You know, when Mother Nature teases us with a 50+ degree day, only to come back with a 30 degree something the next day. We probably should be used to this, as it seems to happen every year – frequently even – but we at Fratello’s do not plan to tease you with anything other than fine food & wine. Like this weekend, for instance, when we will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Delmonico Steaks, Mahi-mahi from the great state of Hawaii, and Swordfish from off the coast somewhere. One has to eat, so consider joining us, we’d love to see ya’!

On our wine program, I am sticking with the Locations E, the Spanish wine made by Dave Phinney from California, for the moment, because (1) I like it, and (2) the public seems to agree with me. The Pendulum blend from Washington is still with us, but dwindling, and as I mentioned before wines from Australia and Italy are patiently waiting in the wings for their moment on the board. I do have several wines by the bottle which are not on our list that might interest you, however. I have a few bottles of the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione from Querceto di Castellina still available, and also a wine from the same vineyard called Toscana Podalirio, which is 100% Merlot grape. Both of these wines were rated by wine “experts” at 90 or above, and we have them because, as above, (1) I like them, and (2), I’m betting you will as well. There is also the V Collection Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Cellars that I also mentioned last week, which until now has only been available at the vineyard, and at a price higher than what we can offer it to you. This is a very good California Cab from St. Helena, rich and balanced. Lastly, I also have a few bottles of the Three Degrees Pinot Noir from Oregon, which is a second label of sorts by Maysara Winery, which is among my favorite vineyards in Oregon. We have several Pinot Noir from Maysara, as well as a very good, as in the best I have ever tasted, Pinot Gris. Three Degrees was rated #1 among the Top Values in Oregon wine in the recent issue of Wine Spectator. As I said, I am a big fan of Maysara wines, and you cannot go wrong with any of them. Just a thought.

We hope you and your Valentine had a good week, and that you have remained well in this lousy flu season. Thanks for all your support, and we wish you well. Take care.

Ciao

Greetings!

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.

Ciao

Greetings!

Looks like it’s getting chilly again, brrrrrr. But we are on the right side of winter now, at least for those of us whose skiing days are over (if they ever were!). The days are definitely longer, we are into February already, sometimes even the sun decides to pay us a visit. And we still have the opportunity to go out, laugh & have fun, and even enjoy some nice food & wine. This is where we can help, at least on the food & wine side (but maybe the other as well, who knows?).

We will be featuring this weekend Buffalo Short ribs,

Arctic Char and Red Grouper, all good stuff, plus all the other Fratello favorites you like will be here as well. Come join us, let us do the cooking and uncorking for you, we’d love to see ya’!

In our wine world, I have added a new wine from Washington to our wine board for you to enjoy by the bottle or by the glass. The Pendulum Meritage hails from Walla Walla, among the premier sites for red wine from Washington, and is a blend of Shiraz (or Syrah), Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot. It is a medium bodied wine that works well by itself or with a meal, and it gives a hint of what quality wines from this part of the country taste like. I have become more and more a fan of Washington wines, and I have included some on our wine list at a range of price points. Not to tip my hand (well, sort of), just today I have committed to a Merlot from Washington from Treasure Hunter that I plan to feature in the near future for you to enjoy. The wines from the northwest of our country, Oregon included, are very good and worthy of your support. Give them a try, perhaps starting with this Pendulum. Just a thought.

As you know, we at Fratello’s have been here for a number of years, and as I have told you before this would not be possible without your support. Thank you sincerely. I hope you are well, and we look forward to seeing you.

Ciao

Greetings!

It looks like our roller-coaster type of winter continues, with temps heading into or near 50 soon to return back to the 30’s or even 20’s in a few days. So it goes, I guess, but there is a bright side. The days are definitely longer, these days in the 50’s give a nice hint of what’s to come, and the Indians return to spring training within weeks, so you know we’re on our way. And if I may, I can suggest another “bright” side – why, these days are still pretty good to enjoy some nice food & wine with family, friends, or even by yourself. As an aside, I am a believer in treating oneself, especially during these days we are living in, but I digress. For our part at Fratello’s, we will be featuring this weekend Certified Angus Beef Top Sirloin, Atlantic Halibut and Monk Fish. Consider joining us, we’d love to see ya’!

On our wine board we continue to feature the Locations E from Spain and the Reserve Shiraz from Greg Norman from Australia. This Shiraz, known as Syrah in most of the world, is a medium to full bodied red with dark fruit, spice and moderate tannins, and it works well with our menu or simply by itself. As you know, and count on me saying this again in the future, I am a fan of Syrah, it is among my favorite varietals, and I urge you to try a Syrah when you visit, either this wine from Greg Norman or one from our list.

In the Wine Spectator this month they feature wines that they consider smart buys, from both a price point and more importantly from a quality point. Among these wines are wines from Maysara Vineyards from Oregon, and we have several of their wines on our list. These include three Pinot Noir, Asha, which displays elegance, Cyrus, showing more power, and Jamsheed, which is slightly less cost than the other two wines but also shows power and elegance, if slightly more restrained. We also have a Pinot Gris from Maysara, which is the best Pinot Gris I have tasted from Oregon. You may be familiar with Pinot Grigio from Italy, which is the same grape, but this wine is a totally different animal. It is fresh, vibrant, with great fruit and an excellent finish, and for me it is what I wish Pinot Grigio tasted like. I have had the opportunity and pleasure to visit the Maysara vineyards, and I am very impressed with their operation, from every stand point. They craft excellent wines, they also happen to be very nice people, and, to me, I was very impressed with their commitment to the soil and land where they grow their wines and to their employees as well. I urge you to try their wines, they are among my most favorite wines from Oregon.

Thank you for your continued support, for your reading of these emails, and for your friendship. Take care, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

Greetings!

Looks like another up and down this week on our annual winter roller-coaster type weather. The snow & ice might leave us again, so they say, but I would not bet on it being gone for the season. But there is something that I would bet on – why, that you can enjoy a nice meal and a tasty bottle of wine this weekend at Fratello’s. I know this surprises you, but I am betting that you will enjoy the Certified Angus Beef Texas Sirloin, Swordfish and Silk Snapper that we will be featuring this weekend. If this does speak to you, we will probably have some Veal & Shrimp & Clams & Mussels & Eggplant & Chicken & Calamari & Pasta &….some thing that I also bet you will enjoy. Come join us, we’d love to see ya’!

On the wine front, I plan to add to our wine board the Reserve Shiraz from Australia by Greg Norman Vineyards. Yes it is that Greg Norman, the golfer, who owns vines in both Australia and California. This wine is a Reserve Shiraz, known as Syrah in the Northern Hemisphere, which ranks among my favorite of all red grapes, and which works very well with our menu. This Shiraz is medium to full bodied, shows moderate spice with a nice finish. It used to retail for much more than we are able to offer it to you, so I suggest you try it by the bottle, or by the glass, while we have it. It might make you a fan of Syrah, as I am.

We hope you are warm & healthy, it seems to be a bad flu season this year. Thanks for all your support, and consider joining us, we’d love for you to keep us company. Take care.

Ciao

Greetings!

Kinda nuts around here, non? It almost seems like Spring today, complete with showers even, and yet we are told that the hammer, winter wise, will come down starting tomorrow. I guess we should be used to this by now, being long time residents of these parts, but a little consistency would be nice. Kind of like what we try to do – just saying – here at Fratello’s, in that we strive to consistently provide you with tasty dining & drinking options. Like this weekend, for example, when we will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Strip Steaks, the salmon like Arctic Char, and Hokaido Scallops from Japan. Come see us, we’d love to see ya’!

In our wine world I am preparing to add new wines to our feature board, some of which I mentioned to you earlier, including a Cabernet from Washington, a (yes, the golfer) and the return to our board of the highly rated & very affordable red blend from Portugal, Confidencial Reserve. Our supply of Listra, the Cabernet from Tuscany, is dwindling, and once it is gone there will be room for one of these other wines. If you’re interested, ask me and I can bring one out for you. These wines are all very good and work well with our menu.

We always appreciate and are grateful for your support, regardless of what Mother Nature throws at us. We hope you are well, hopefully flu-free, and look forward to seeing you soon, maybe even this weekend.

Ciao

Greetings!

Cold enough for ya’? Don’t get me wrong, there is a beauty to winter, the white snow, the crisp air, and especially when the sun chooses to appear, as it is today as I write this. But enough with the polar vortex already. Look on the bright side, at least we don’t have a “bombogenesis” to contend with – hooray for small favors! But alas, there is another “bright” side to a winter like we have now – it’s good to congregate with friends & family over a nice meal & some tasty wine. Which – big surprise, I know – is something that we can help you with. This weekend we will be featuring Red Grouper from Costa Rica, Mahi-mahi from beautiful Hawaii, and Certified Angus Beef from the good ol’ USA. Come join us, the heat and ovens will be on, the corkscrew primed, all we need is you, we’d love to see ya’!

I am planning some changes to our wine board soon, including wines from Australia, Portugal and

California, so stay tuned. The Locations “E” is still with us, and probably will be for awhile as the response has been, as it was before, very positive, plus I like it. Medium bodied with ample fruit, this is a crowd pleaser. The Italian Cabernet, Listra, from the Bolgheri region of Tuscany, is also still on our board, although its supply is dwindling. This wine is a Cab in the old world style, meaning the fruit is more muted but the overall taste impression offers balance and structure, and even elegance. It is fun & interesting to try the way a single grape varietal, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, differs so much based on the winemaker and the location of the vineyards, as in the Cab from Joel Gott from Napa vs. this Cab from Listra from Italy. And there are lots of other comparisons you can experience with us at Fratello’s, such as a Pinot Noir from CA vs. a Pinot from Oregon, or from France. It is one of the reasons I enjoy wine. Just a thought.

We hope you are well, and staying warm, and perhaps might even mosey over to visit this weekend. Thanks for your support. Take care.

Ciao

Greetings!

Well, I hope Santa was good to everyone. We did get our White Christmas, which I like, but now that the sleigh has been put away for a year it’s time for warmer weather, non? But the New Year beckons, and we will be here all weekend to hep you welcome the New Year. Our New Year’s Eve plans are nearly full, although we do have a few openings as I write this, but we will be around on Friday & Saturday to celebrate the closing of “17 and the welcoming of ’18 with you. We will be featuring this weekend Prestige Pork Chops, Wahoo Fish and Swordfish. Come join us and help us celebrate!

I have some plans for the new year wine wise, but we will conclude this year on our wine board the Cab from Joel Gott, the Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carano, Siena, the Italian Cab from Tuscany, Listra, and the Spanish wine from Dave Phinney, Locations E, that I mentioned last week. We had featured “E” many months ago, and it seems like many of you have welcomed its return to our program. This Tempranillo wine is Spanish but made in a California style, which I think lends its appeal to many. Fruit forward, well balanced, nice finish on the back end, this wine has appeal. As you know we have many wines on our list, at all price points, and I am confident that we have a wine that will work for you.

This is obviously my last email to you this year, and I want to thank you all for the support and friendship that you have extended to us all these many years. It is always amazing to me how quickly the years seem to pass, and each year they somehow seem to go faster than the year before. (What’s up with that?) We are both grateful and fortunate to be here, and without your support we clearly would not be so fortunate. Thank you sincerely, and I want to wish you all a most safe and Happy New Year. Take care.

Ciao

Greetings!

The big day is almost here. The stockings are hung, our homes are festive, the little ones (and some of us big ones as well!) are getting excited, I’m sure Santa’s workshop is even busier than our kitchen (although hard to believe, just saying), and with luck we might even have a white Christmas this year. I bet you have been busy, preparing everything so that all goes well, including the wonderful meals you are planning this weekend. Why don’t you give yourselves a break, take a breather and come join us for some fine food & wine this weekend. We will be featuring Beef Funghetto, Bay of Fundy Salmon (which we all know is all so good for you!) and a little bit of Lemon Sole. We would love to see you and toast the Holidays, so consider joining us, we’d love to see ya’!

On our wine board, it has finally happened, Locations E has joined the party. “E” is one of the “Alphabet” wines created by Dave Phinney, the noted winemaker behind such wines as The Prisoner, Abstract, Palermo, Papillon, Saldo (all of which we have on our wine list) and others, and each wine hails from a specific country and features grapes from that region. In this case, “E” stands for Spain, as in Espana, and

the wine is made from Tempranillo, among the signature grapes of Spain. This wine offers fruit, balance and a medium body, just a delicious wine, and is my favorite of all his “Alphabet” wines.

For many reasons, this time of year is a time to celebrate, and I suggest you consider treating yourselves to a wonderful wine to enjoy this season. We have many such wines, and among the wines I have enjoyed recently are some of the Brunellos we have, as well as the red Italian wine Gratius, which I am expecting a shipment of tomorrow. These wines are 100% Sangiovese, among the best wines anywhere to have with food, and which work very well with our menu. These wines are not inexpensive, but they are worth it, as are you, so treat yourselves. Just a thought.

All kidding aside, and the material aspects of the season notwithstanding, this time of year is about more than what presents you will receive. It is a time of thanksgiving, of joy, of peace & harmony, of respect, courtesy & honor, and a time of love. May all of these be with you, and with all of us who share this world together, this weekend, this Christmas and throughout the year. Thank you for all your support, and Peace be with you. Take care.

Ciao

P.S. A personal note, if I may. As may be true for some of you, unfortunately, some friends of mine have become ill this time of year, and I want to wish them good health and a speedy recovery, hopefully to enjoy the Holidays with their families. Take care, Billy & Phil, and to everyone recovering from an illness.