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I know we are just two weeks into August, but why does it seem like the summer is moving too fast? Maybe it has something to do with school starting again soon, like next week for some. Just an aside, but what’s up with that? What happened to returning to school after Labor Day? But I digress, and the rapid pace notwithstanding, there is still plenty of summer left to get out and enjoy yourselves, have some fun & laughs, and, of course, enjoy some good food & wine. Like, for instance, at Fratello’s, when this weekend we will be featuring wild Alaskan Coho Salmon, Red Grouper from the South Atlantic, and Certified Angus Beef Delmonico Steaks. The weather looks just about perfect to get out this weekend, so perhaps we will see you, non?

I think it is fair to suggest that the wine business slows down a touch during the warm summer months, but this is not to say that there is not plenty of juice to enjoy out there, nor that I continue to research (i.e. taste, of course!) wines for you to enjoy when visiting Fratello’s. I have added a wine from Italy to our feature board from Monteti Caburnio from Tuscany. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Alicante, and is essentially a lighter, and mush lesser expensive, Super Tuscan wine. Easy drinking with medium body and good fruit, this is a wine to enjoy with dinner or simply by the glass. I also have a new Rosso from Montalcino that will follow the Caburnio on the board, and ask me about it if your are interested. I also have a few bottles of wines from Lava Cap from the Sierra Nevada Mountains that should join the party tomorrow, a Chardonnay and a Merlot. Lava Cap, as the name suggests, is located on former volcanic soil which the founder, a
geologist, surmised would produce excellent fruit and wines. I think he is correct on this, and what is nice about Lava Cap is that they are focused on keeping their costs down (i.e. affordable). Known most for their Chardonnay, this wine offers balance and structure with the malolactic kept in check. I also like their Merlot, which has been a much maligned grape since you know what movie several years ago. Medium bodied, excellent fruit, decent structure, this is a tasty wine. Don’t give up on Merlot, it is an excellent wine and some of the world’s finest wines are in fact Merlots or Merlot based. Lastly, I have to give another shout about the excellent Rose wines we offer on out list. Rose is among the best wines to enjoy during the summer heat, such as we will be “enjoying” this weekend. Do not let the pinkness deter you, give them a try. I think you’ll become a convert.

Thanks for your continued support this summer and all the other months of the year. I know many of you are busy preparing for the new school year, or wrapping up vacation plans, but if time allows we’d love to see ya’! Take care, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

P.S. A personal note, if I may, as I wish to shout a loud welcome & hello to John the 3rd who has just joined the world. Congrats to both the parents and new Grandparents, we are very happy for you. Hooray!!!

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Unfortunately, or maybe not depending on the individual, I was correct last week re: the coming heat and humidity. Definitely hot & humid recently, yep. Rather toasty in the kitchen. Moving on, it is hard to believe that this is my last email to you this July, with August coming up rather soon. It really is true what they say about time moving and getting more mature (i.e. older). But I prefer to be a half full kind of guy (it helps in my line of work), and I say there is plenty of summer left. Enough in fact to have plenty of fun in the sunshine and still have time for some good food & wine. Like, just saying, at Fratello’s this weekend, when we will be featuring as dinner specials Black Grouper, Wild King Salmon and Smoked Bone-In Pork Rack. I know it’s nice out and all, but heck, one has to eat, non? We’d love to see ya’!

I have added some new wines to our wine list that you will enjoy. Theses wines are not inexpensive, and several qualify for our * program wherein one gets a Gift Certificate when buying one of these bottles of wine. I have added a Brunello di Montalcino from Voliero, 2010, rated 95 points by the Wine Advocate, and a Brunello di Montalcino from Podere Scopetone, 2010, rated 94+ points. Both of these wines are very elegant expressions of Brunello and Sangiovese from this region, one of the more amazing wines from Italy. The Grand Malbec from Cuvelier from Argentina returns to our list, made by the Cuvelier family from France who have owned and operated vineyards in France since 1903. Made under the same standards they use in Bordeaux, this is a big Malbec from Mendoza, and also is an * wine. Slightly less expensive is Rapace from Uccelliera from Tuscany, which is a Super-Tuscan made with Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Uccelliera is a highly respected vineyard always
highly rated by the wine press. Lastly, we have a few bottles of another Tuscan red blend, Caburnio, which is a blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Alicante. This wine however is less costly, and it is available for $28/bottle. Italy makes some amazing wines, and we have many on our list. I urge you to try them.

Heat or cold, humid or not, we appreciate greatly your continued support and friendship. We hope you are well and enjoying the summer, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

P.S. A personal shout to our friend Sue, who is on the road to recovery. We are happy for you and look forward to seeing you soon. A votre sante!!!

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Well, it finally looks like the summer we have been waiting for has finally arrived, in all its finery. There is a rumor, alas, that some heat & humidity is on its way, but don’t let that spoil what we have right now. It is just perfect out there for so many things, including, I might add, leaving the nest for some fine food & wine. Like, say, at Fratello’s, where this weekend we will be featuring Braciole, an Italian stuffed and rolled beef dish, Chilean Sea Bass, and the ever popular Jumbo Sea Scallops. There might even be a surprise side dish, who knows? We’d love to have you join us and keep us company.

Winewise, I have paired down our wine features to the Cab from Joel Gott, the French Grenache wine, Shatter, from Joel Gott & Dave Phinney, the Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carano, Siena, and the Malbec from Mendoza. Several new wines from Italy will be joining the party next week, and I will keep you posted regarding the wine dinner we are planning for the 11th of October. I am waiting to see who might be in the country from Italy for the dinner, and I need to select the wines for the dinner. Tough job, I know, but I’m on it for you. As you know we have a few wines available on our list, and I am sure you can find a wine that will compliment your meal and your evening.

I know the wonderful temps we are enjoying offer many things to do, and we are humbled and grateful when you decide to join us. Thanks for your continued support, regardless of what is happening outside, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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I just checked the weather for the weekend and guess what, it looks like rain. It’s beginning to look like a broken record around here, if you remember what a record is and know what I mean. But we try not to be a broken record, and try to bring you different and interesting specials, food & wine, to tempt your palate into joining us, like this weekend. Speaking of, we will be featuring Lemon Sole, Swordfish and Prestige Pork Chops, and all the assorted and tasty Fratello stand- bys will be here for you as well. We hope you have a chance to visit with us, we’d love to see ya’!

As for wine, I have a few new wines joining our program this weekend. You might recall I have been touting Rose wines as being especially good in the summer, and I am adding a new Rose from Provence, France, which is well known for their Rose wines. This wine from Bieler, Pere & Fils adds Cabernet Sauvignon and Rolle, a more obscure white grape from the south of France, to blend with the more traditional Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. A bit different than the other Roses on our list, it is the favorite of one of my Rose loving friends, and I like it too! We have also received the 2012 vintage of an excellent Syrah from Napa by Lagier Meredith. I am also a big fan of Syrah, and this is among the finest in our program, plus in 2012 California seems to be hitting all cylinders wine wise. Not inexpensive, but often one gets what one pays for, as in this case. Lastly, I have a few bottles of the 2013 Juvenile Zinfandel from Helen Turley, among the premier Zinfandel producers
anywhere. I only have a few bottle so they will not make it to our wine list, but it does give one a chance to experience what a Turley Zinfandel is all about at a good value, which typically are both very limited and expensive for a Zin. Just a thought.

We continue to be amazed and humbled by your continued sport, it is very much appreciated. We hope you are well, and look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Okay, enough already. What do we have to do, start with the “rain, rain, go away..” chant? I mean, I love the Pacific Northwest….Portland, Seattle, etc……but we’re OHIO – enough with the raindrops! But unlike my basement – fortunately – we are well & dry at Fratello’s, and we have some features this weekend to take your mind off the wonderful weather we are having (hopefully). We will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Delmonico Steak, Wild Alaska Sockeye Salmon, and Wild Hawaiian Wahoo (Go Tribe!) Fish. I cannot promise a dry weekend, but I bet we can satisfy your palate!

Wine wise, I plan on bringing the Malbec from Argentina I mentioned last week to our feature board. This Malbec is a medium bodied offering from Mendoza, with sufficient fruit and body complimenting the wine. The other wine news I want to share is that I am planning a wine dinner for early October featuring wines from Italy. I have not tasted and chosen the wines yet, as I am awaiting word from the distributor exactly who will be in the country from Italy whose wines we will feature and who hopefully will be here for the dinner. I will keep you posted.

I know this can be a busy time of year, going on vacations, avoiding rain drops, etc., but we are very grateful for your continued support. Thank you sincerely, and we look forward to seeing you soon. Stay well, and dry, my friends.

Ciao

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Great news! It looks like I can put my plans for an Ark away, at least for awhile. No offense to June (well, maybe), but July is looking pretty good so far, at least weather wise. I know this is a big weekend, actually deservedly so, but given that a cook-out might be in your plans sometime this weekend (well, it is for me), how about joining us tomorrow for some good food & wine? We will be featuring the amazing Rib Eye Cap Steak, aka Spinelis, Halibut and Blue Nose Bass. Please note that I said tomorrow and not this weekend, as we will not be here on Saturday. Remember what I said about those cook-outs?

But we will be here on Friday, and we do have some wine that I think you will enjoy. I told you last week about the red blend from Washington, TATT, that was getting limited, as well as the Nebbiolo from Rivetti from Italy, also limited. In the wings a Malbec from Argentina awaits its turn, which I tasted recently, and I am adding several new wines to our wine list this weekend. These include a Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap from Napa and two interesting wines from Lodi, California, a Tannat and Petite Verdot. These grapes are traditionally more used world wide in blending with other varietals, but the winemakers at Inkblot make these wines by themselves. Both are bigger bodied wines, meaning they would be excellent with the Spinelis this Friday, and very interesting. As I have said before, with wine I think it is well to enlarge one’s tent, so to speak, and be open to different types of wines. Well, these wines do qualify. As do, incidentally, the Rose wines from France
I mentioned last week. Give it up, give pink wines a try!

Thank you for your continued support and friendship, it is very much appreciated. We hope you have a very safe and happy 4th of July, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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News flash, it looks like rain tonight. Ditto for tomorrow. Saturday and Sunday as well, I think. I believe I speak for us all when I say…ENOUGH ALREADY!! But alas, as much as I’d like to, I cannot control the weather, so it is what it is, or, more correctly, it will be what it will be. But what I can control is what might tempt you to come join us this weekend for some tasty food and wine. Our features will be Arctic Char, Blue Marlin and Beef Short Ribs. Oh, and some Veal and Chicken and Shrimp and Clams & Mussels and Calamari and Pasta and Eggplant and…..you get the idea. We’d love to see ya’!

The features on our wine board are staying pretty much the same this week, although our supply of the Nebbiolo from Rivetti and the Washington State red blend from TATI are nearly gone.There is plenty of Cabernet from Joel Gott and Siena from Ferrari-Carano, both of which have been with us for a long time and I keep because of their quality and value. But in the wings awaits an old friend, a red blend from Spain with an alphabet name. Just saying. Last week I extolled the virtues of rose wine, especially this time of year, and to the rose from St. Roch from Provence, which is a blend of Grenache and Cinsault, I have added another French rose, La Remise de la Mordoree, which hails from a region to the west of Provence. This rose is a blend of Merlot and Marselan, which in itself is a hybrid blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. This wine is excellent, and please bear in mind that these wines are DRY WINES. Yes, they are pink, but they are DRY, and should work well with our
menu. Enlarge your tent, try a rose…you might be surprised.

We hope you are well and survived the deluge of water this past week. I know many homes had issues this week with the storms, and we hope you and yours are intact. Thank you for all your support, rain or shine, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

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I know that water is vital to life, and the plants and trees and grass need it, but enough already. I feel like we’re in Seattle or the Olympic Peninsula or whatever rain forest you’re fond of, plus my basement is not totally happy. But the rain and heat and humidity do not deter what we are doing at Fratello’s, and we’re hoping that between raindrops you might mosey over this weekend for some good food & wine or other assorted beverages. We will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Delmonico Steak, Mahi-mahi from Hawaii and the ever so popular Jumbo Sea Scallops. I might add that we are into week three of our new menu, and the response has been very good regarding our new entrees. Remember, most of our menu will never change – you know, all the Fratello entrees, the Parms, the Veal Saltimbocca and Chicken Rollo, Linguini with Clams, etc. – so fear not. We’d love to see ya’!

Changes are afoot this weekend on our wine board, as the Locations AR is leaving the party. But joining is an interesting red blend from Washington State, which is mostly Syrah but with some Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Mourvedre. Hailing from the Columbia Valley region in the eastern part of the state, this wine offers excellent fruit and medium body, and will work with our menu or simply on its own. I have also added some new wines to our wine list. These include a Schioppettino from the Friuli region of northeast Italy (Schioppettino is the grape – very good fruit, medium body, a delightful wine), Santagostino from Firriato, which is a Nero D’Avola/Syrah blend from Sicily, and an Estate Pinot Noir from one of my favorite Oregon wine producers, Maysara. Cyrus Pinot Noir offers slightly more body and structure than the Jamsheed Pinot, which is also on our list and also excellent. Maysara also has an excellent Pinot Gris which we also offer, and which at least one
reviewer suggests is the best Pinot Gris from Oregon that he has ever tasted. Lastly, I have added a rose from the Provence region of France, St. Roch les Vignes. This wine is a blend of Grenache and Cinsault, and exemplifies what rose from Provence is all about. Excellent by itself or with light entrees, wines like this are among my most favorite during the hot summer months. Yes, it is a pink wine, but give it a try, I think you may be a convert.

Rain or shine we are very appreciative of your support. Thank you sincerely, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

P.S. I want add my thanks to the Cavs for a truly great season, if ultimately somewhat disappointing. They gave their all, especially you know who, and provided us with some great thrills and memories. Thank you, and I am optimistic about next season.

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Greetings!

I know that technically speaking we are still in the spring season, but it sure feels like summer. I know, it is a little sticky for this time of year, and it has been a bit on the wet side, but it sure could be worse. It is nice to see people out enjoying themselves, golfing, gardening, walking, biking, going out to restaurants for some good food and wine, whatever. Just saying, but should you be free this weekend, we are featuring Berkshire Pork Chops, Mako Shark, and Wreck Grouper, so named because these are large grouper that like to explore ship wrecks off the Carolina coast. I know there is a lot to do this time of year, but we’d sure love to see ya’!

I mentioned recently that our supply of Shatter, the Grenache wine from France crafted by Dave Phinney and Joel Gott, was on short supply, but this has been remedied and we have good stock. Offering fruit and body, this wine tastes like California but is French, and works with our menu very well. I still love the Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carano, Siena, which is excellent either with our menu or simply by itself, but the Malbec blend from Argentina, AR, also by Dave Phinney is nearly gone. Fear not, however, for I have a nice blend from Washington waiting for its turn on the board. Last week I extolled the virtues of Rose wine, and the recent heat surge makes this wine taste even better, which I want to confirm has joined the party at Fratello’s. Give it a try.

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

Ciao

P.S. HOW ABOUT THOSE CAVS!! Let’s hope they make it easier for all us fans tonight.

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32085 Electric Blvd.
Avon Lake, OH 44012

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Greetings!

It looks like another beauty out there today. One could get used to this, non? Like good food & wine, which is also nice to get used to. Speaking of, this is what we have been endeavoring to do here at Fratello’s for the past 22+ years. Take this weekend, for instance, when we will be featuring Yellow Edge Grouper, Copper River Sockeye Salmon, and Certified Angus Beef Texas Strip Steak. The new menu which we rolled out last week has been well received, and while not drastically different (let’s be honest, there are many things on the menu which we cannot change – we do not want a riot on our hands!) there are several new items that we think you will enjoy. Give them a try.

As for the wine part of the good things in life, the collaboration between Dave Phinney and Joel Gott, Shatter, which we started last week continues on our wine board. A French wine that tastes like it was made in California, this Grenache works very well with our menu. The same goes for the other features, the Cab from Joel Gott, the Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carona, Siena, the Nebbiolo from Rivetti and the Locations AR from Orin Swift (i.e. Dave Phinney). In the near future I plan to introduce you to a red blend from Washington which offers fruit, body and balance, as well as a new Malbec from Argentina. I also am expecting a delivery of a Rose wine from the south of France, a blend of Grenache and Cinsault, that represents the wines from this region very well. I have struggled with Rose wines over the years, perhaps it has something to do with the pink color, but these wines are among my most favorite wines in warm weather. This is a DRY wine, decent fruit and body,
and is very tasty. Not a huge wine, but sometimes one does not need a big, blockbuster, just a decent wine to enjoy. Open your mind, give Rose a try and I bet you’ll find that “pink” wines are not bad.

Thanks as always for your continued support, we wouldn’t be here without ya’ (and we know it!). We hope you are well, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

P.S. GO CAVS!!

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