Three California Pinot Noir Suggestions

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Belle Glos

Based in Chicago, Patrick Borchard serves as CFO of the real estate investment trust Pangea Properties, which operates apartments in Chicago, Baltimore, and Indianapolis. In his free time, Patrick Borchard enjoys wine, with a special interest in pinot noirs from California and Oregon.

California produces some of the world’s best pinot noirs, many hailing from regions like the Sonoma Coast and the Anderson Valley. Forbes / Travel recently highlighted several notable California pinot noirs:

1) 2013 Belle Glos Clark and Telephone: From Santa Barbara, this wine combines dark berry fruits with cinnamon and cardamom spice in a blend that is both compact and elegant.

2) 2012 Sea Smoke Southing: Produced by the Sta. Rita Hills, this wine is a bit pricier but worth it because of the deep complexity of flavors, which include notes of spice, cherry, and rose petals. Some argue the plot of land these grapes are grown on is the finest in California.

3) 2013 Freeman Akiko’s Cuvee Sonoma Coast: This wine comes from a cooler climate and offers notes of violets, black cherry, and earth.


Steve Harvey – An American Comedic Success Story

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Steve Harvey

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Patrick Borchard serves as chief financial officer of Pangea Properties REIT, a value-add player in the distressed multi-family market. In his free time, Patrick Borchard watches comedy shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld, and he enjoys the work of television host and comedian Steve Harvey on which Pangea has been a guest/sponsor. Mr. Borchard’s firm joined forces with the comedian during the 2013 and 2014 holiday season, providing no-cost apartments to families in need.

From a West Virginia coal mining family, Steve Harvey held diverse jobs throughout his 20s, from insurance salesman to prospective boxer, before finding his calling on the stage. Starting as a stand-up comic in the mid-1980s, he was discovered in 1989 as a finalist in a national comedy search. He became host of the syndicated Showtime at the Apollo show in 1993 and started The Steve Harvey Show three years later. Teaming up with other top-level comedic talents, he launched The Kings of Comedy in 1999, which became the most financially successful U.S. comedy tour ever.

In recent years, Steve Harvey has stayed active as a talk show host and has had a surprisingly successful career as an author with relationship advice books such as Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.