Notre Dame Ranked Fifth in the Nation after Eight Games in 2015

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Based in Chicago, Illinois, Patrick Borchard directs financial accounting and investments for multifamily property development and asset management as CFO at Pangea Properties. Away from his professional responsibilities, Patrick Borchard enjoys watching college football, and he supports his alma mater, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

After the first eight games of the 2015 NCAA college football regular season, Notre Dame ranks fifth in the nation and eighth in the Associated Press Top 25 with a record of 7-1. The Irish received their only loss of the year in a two-point margin of defeat against undefeated Clemson, positioned as the top program in the country at 8-0.

DeShone Kizer, a sophomore out of Toledo, Ohio, leads the Notre Dame offense with 1,669 yards passing and 318 rushing, as well as 11 touchdowns through the air and five on the ground. Senior running back C.J. Prosise has amassed 947 yards and 11 touchdowns, and junior wide receiver Will Fuller has tallied 748 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns.

Barolo – A Classic DOCG of Italy’s Red Wine-Growing Piedmont Region

Patrick Borchard is a longtime Chicago real estate executive who leads Pangea Properties in investing in distressed residential properties. Also a wine aficionado, Patrick Borchard enjoys a diversity of California and Oregon products and has a particular interest in pinot noirs, meritages, and Barolos.

Located in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, Barolo is the area’s most well-known Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) and is highly regarded for its exquisite red wines.

Barolo was formalized as a DOCG appellation in the mid-1960s and comprises approximately 1,700 hectares. The landscape features picturesque villages that typically sit at the top of hills. The terroir, or natural environment, is exceptional for wine grape cultivation, with the continental climate providing the extended autumns and summers that Nebbiolo grapes require to attain full ripeness.

Barolo is distinct from its close cousin Barbaresco in that it grows in soils less nutrient rich, and thus has higher levels of tannins. Barbaresco wines are required to be stored only two years to be so labeled, while Barolo wines require a full three years of storage. This not only reduces the tannins in the final product but also alters the fruit flavor components.