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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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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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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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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.

Ciao

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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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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!
Ciao

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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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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.

Ciao

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Weekend Specials

Greetings,

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.

Ciao

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