North City Bistro and Wine Shop

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North City Bistro and Wine Shop

3/14/21 Newsletter

3/14/2021• A MESSAGE FROM

Amazing New Features, and at Such Great Savings!!  Getting Closer to Phase 3 🙂 No Live Music Quite Yet Though 🙁

It was a good week overall, not Great but Good.
We see things improving in the Bistro part of the biz, and we Love that! As the weather improves, and more folks get vaccinated and “stimulated” we are confident that everyone will feel more comfortable about dining out, or in for that matter. We will continue to expand our in-house dining menu, to incorporate more seafood, and salads, etc.

Thank you All for your continued support. We are seeing the light at the end of this dark tunnel.
As for live music, we want to bring that back, but will do it when it is safe and makes financial sense for us and our beloved musician friends. That will take more vaccinations, and capacity allowance, so stay tuned.

As for new Feature wines, I have a few to offer that are not only Wonderful Reds, but we got Great pricing and can pass those savings on to you. For Feature Wines or Spirits, to input your order, please follow these instructions to make things much easier.

Please order a minimum of 3 of any wine, for a total of 6 or 12 bottles.. Hit REPLY but do NOT send until you scroll down and fill out your order, by putting the # of bottles you want below each Feature wine or Spirit.
Then hit send.

For Quarantine Cases, please read details below the Feature options. That’s just how it works 🙂 If some of these wines look familiar to a few of you Wine Club members, that’s because I used a couple them in our recent Wine Club offerings. Since then, I was offered even better pricing, by buying “quantity”, and can offer them at better prices than even Costco can do!!


 

Austin Hope Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 This wine was a Hit, when I offered the previous vintage as a Feature a few months back, but this new vintage is even Better!! Here are the Winemaker Notes: Deep ruby in color, Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon expresses aromas of fresh black currants and cherries accompanied by subtle smoky notes and dried spices. On the palate, this lavish powerful wine is layered with juicy blackberry, ripe cherry, vanilla bean and brown butter. It’s full-bodied and rich, balanced by a touch of bright acidity and firm polished tannin This first New Feature can be had for about $47 at Costco, and anywhere from $42-$60 online, but we can offer it to you for: $35 by the 6-pk or
$33 by the case ___  Btls Now for something Really Spectacular. these next 2 features are worth the money, especially at these prices, and drink beautifully right now, but they will cellar nicely for at Least 10 years.


 

Caymus-Suisun Grand Durif 2017 Here are the Winemaker Notes: Suisun (su-soon) Valley, which lies to the Southeast of Caymus, is only a 40-minute drive and reminds the Wagner family of Napa Valley 40 years ago. With its warm days and cool nights, the region is known for delicious stone fruits and walnuts – increasingly, it is also gaining recognition for its wine. Durif is synonymous with Petite Sirah, the widely grown grape in the region – they added “Grand” to the name of the Suisun-grown Durif because it has a grand style. With lush textural tannins, this wine is rich, supple and totally enjoyable. This wine is available online for anywhere from $55-$63, but with the deal we got, we can now offer it to you for: $43 by the 6-pk or
$40 by the case ___  Btls


Tenuta Di Arceno Valadorna 2015 And Finally, for an Incredible Super Tuscan, just read this description of the blend and tasting notes, and decide for yourself if this isn’t worth a try: The Wine Advocate scored this 95+ points saying “The 2015 Valadorna (65% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot) is a dark and thickly endowed red wine that boasts a rich and lasting grip on the palate. The bouquet offers depth and complexity with dark fruit, leather, cured tobacco and spice. There are also softer notes of chocolate and ground espresso beans. The wine’s seamless integration of flavors leads to increased momentum and intensity as the wine continues to open in the glass.” Again, this is available online for anywhere from $50-$80, but with the Quantity Buy we just made, you can buy this Beauty for: $37 by the 6-pk or
$35 by the case
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We are able top revisit one of the Greatest Hits from last year, since the distributor was able to get their hands on more Basel Cabernet, at a slightly higher price, but still a Great Deal! (The pic is the Cab Franc, but we actually are getting more of the Cabernet Sauvignon, but can’t find the pic :-). This wine is a Wonderful deal at: $25 by the 6-pk or
$22 by the case
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The Previous Feature is this Beautiful Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc from Etincelle. Crisps, Dry & Complex, not to mention Quite Affordable! Here is a tasting note, to refresh your memory: The first time you smelled tropical fruits like kiwi and passionfruit on spring break in the Bahamas Rich, fruity, opulent and luscious! Fair warning though, there are only about 8 cases left, so if you want some, order soon! This wine is a Steal at: $14 by the 6-pk or
$12 by the case
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Only about 3 cases left of this vintage

Here is a Chardonnay you might just fall in love with, especially at these prices. Here is a review: The 2018 Chardonnay is a very pretty, nuanced wine that deftly balances textural richness and vibrancy. Lemon peel, orchard fruit, mint and bright floral notes are finely sculpted in this classy, wonderfully polished Chardonnay from Freemark Abbey. This wine would normally sell for $35-$40, an it’s worth that price, however we can sell it to you for: $27 by the 6-pk or
$25 by the case
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Only about 3 6-packs left of this vintage

Zinfandel Anyone? Zins & Petite Sirahs have been some of the Most Popular wines this past year, and we have one to offer, that is not only Delicious, but the price is incredibly Tasty Too! This wine “Offers a lively beam of crisp acidity, paired with complex and precise blueberry, raspberry, white pepper and licorice flavors that build richness toward a long finish.” Hartford Russian River Old Vine Zinfandel 2017 is available, while it lasts, for Incredible Savings. Normally selling for between $40 & $50, we got Such a Deal, and can offer it to you for: $27 by the 6-pk or
$25 by the case
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Only about 3 cases left of this vintage

Now here is a Sauvignon Blanc for Sauvignon Blanc Lovers. This is pretty much Brennon Leighton’s Favorite White Varietal, and he does it Right!
Here are a couple reviews: 93 Points, James Suckling “This is a dense, phenolic white with dried lemon-rind, sliced-apple and honey character. Fullbodied, layered and flavorful. Lots of zesty character. Lots of limey character. 50% fermented
in concrete and some large barrels. Natural yeast. Drink or hold..”
91+ Points, Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)
“All Sauvignon Blanc brought up in a mix of barrel and concrete, the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard Collection offers a beautiful, steely style that has ample mid-palate richness and
depth. Tart pineapple and citrus notes, plenty of minerality, and a crisp, clean finish make for a
terrific, classic Sauvignon that will evolve for 2-3 years, if not longer.”
This wine sells for $20 at the Winery, but due to a special deal we worked out, you can buy it for: $16 by the 6-pk or
$14 by the case
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This wine needs a bit of explanation. I have had a couple customers say “Hey, I saw this wine at Costco for about $13″….Wrong. I know it’s confusing, but this is a Single Vineyard Cabernet, from K Vintners “Single Vineyard Collection”. The one at Costco is fine, nowhere near as  serious of wine as the one we are offering, just sayin’ Now for you Cabernet Sauvignon Fans, we have 2 to offer this week. The 1st one is the CS Cab from Stoneridge Vineyard, and here are a couple reviews: 92+ Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate “Coming from a terrific site on the Wahluke Slope, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Stoneridge is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon raised all in French oak. Classic Cabernet notes of plum, cassis, hoisin sauce and graphite all give way to a full- bodied, concentrated red that has an undeniable chalky minerality on the finish. It’s impressive today, but it will keep for at least a decade.” 93 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate “The 2013 Super Substance Cabernet Sauvignon Stoneridge has a sexy profile and has amble black currants, licorice, graphite and spice to go with medium to full-bodied richness, ultrafine tannin, solid mid-palate concentration and a great finish. Like all of the wines here, the winemaking is impeccable and while this can be enjoyed in its youth, it will have 15+ years of longevity as well.” This wine sells for $45 at the winery, but again, old friends and great deals make this available to you for: $35 by the 6-pk or
$32 by the case
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And Now, for the weekly Grand Finale, here is a true show stopper! This blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc & 25% Merlot is BEAUTIFUL!! Here is what the critics have to say about this wine, and I know, sometimes the wine writers describe thing in a weird way, but they really like the wine 🙂
James Suckling says:
“This is very intense on the nose with asphalt and tar aromas as well as dark fruit and spices. Full-bodied, tannic and rich with lots of freshness and depth. Shows intensity and length. Just coming around. Layered and juicy. And he gave it 93 points, so that’s good!
This wine sells for $70 at the winery, but because we like you, you can have it for: $55 by the 6-pk or
$50 by the case
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Now here is another Beautiful wine, and spectacular package from Michael David. They are on a roll, and have really stepped up their game. This Lodi Chardonnay could easily sell for around $25 to $30, but we can now sell it to you for $20 by the 6-pk or
$18 by the case
___  Btls And if you buy a full of any mix of Michael David wines you get a rebate coupon worth $42, making you final cost Much Lower. What a Deal!! 


 

Now here is another Stellar Wine at a Great Price. Conn Creek Anthology 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is availble online for between $50-$60, but we got a Great Deal and can offer it to you for a limited time for $32 by the 6-pk or
$30 by the case
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Only about 2 6-packs left

And for something a bit different, but delicious, none-the-less, here is another one, but this time it is from Italy, and made by a Very good friend, and Amazing Winemaker, Lucio Gomiero, from Vignalta. This Brut Rose is made from a grape called Raboso Friularo, and drinks like a true Champagne Rose. This wine is a Steal at $30!! Quantities are quite limited however, so it will be 1st come…..

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If you don’t take advantage of this feature, you don’t know what you are missing!!! And for the Deal of the Century, and something Incredibly Special, how about a Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon with some bottle age? I mean, some Real Bottle Age, but still drinking Incredibly, especially for the vintage which is 2000 (yes you read that right!). We drank a bottle with Christmas Prime Rib, and it was SOOOOO Gooood!!! This wine normally sells for $100 a bottle, but we got a Great Deal, and can sell it to you for only $50 a bottle by the 6-pk & $48 a bottle in a mixed case
(& again, supply is quite limited at this price)
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Only 2 6-pks left Michael-David (check out their Very Fun Website, which is like a trip to the Circus) https://michaeldavidwinery.com/ was selected as Winery of the Year, and their Freakshow Zin has been a huge success in our quarantine cases and Feature Sales, so we have decided to offer a couple of their other wines, and Great savings!

And for a Really Fun wine, how about some Petite Petit, which is a blend comprised of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot, Petite Petit is a large, weighty, knock-your-socks-off type of wine! Showcasing aromas of dark fruit, raspberry and fig, this wine is layered with rich flavors of black cherry, cola and light oak on the palate. Dark, full bodied and deeply satisfying! This wine also sells for $18 at the winery, but again, you can buy it for $14 by the 6-pk or
$12 by the case
___  Btls And if you buy a full case of this wine, we will throw in a Magnum of either Earthquake Cabernet Sauvignon, Or Petite Petit at No Charge (while supplies last) !! Also, if you buy a whole case you also get a rebate coupon worth $42, making your final cost only $8.50 a bottle. What a Deal!! 


 

The first one is something we have been using at home for decades, and at the Bistro since we opened. It is made by  my good friend Lucio Gomiero, Owner & Winemaker for Vignalta. This is a delicious Herbed Sea Salt, and will nicely enhance pretty much anything that you use it on. It comes in a 10.5 oz jar, and sells for $12. ___  Btls


 

And this is another Sweet Deal, on a bottle of Whistle Pig Maple Syrup, which has been aged in Rye Whisky Barrels. It is, of course, Great on Pancakes & Waffles, but I like to use it in my Whisky Sours & Old Fashions, to replace the Simple Syrup, and give it a little more of a Whisky Kick (sssshhh, it’s a secret  🙂 $20 a bottle, and well worth the price! ___  Btls


 

Portale San Severo Montepulciano (I was able to get my hands on a few more cases 🙂 If you are looking for a very nice full-bodied Red, that drinks well on its own, and pairs well with Numerous foods, you don’t want to miss out on this little Gem. And it is Almost Free! Normally selling for $12 or more, I can offer this to you for $10 a bottle by the 6-pack and
$8.50 by the case
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Bogle Phantom Chardonnay A Hauntingly Delicious Wine. Phantom Chardonnay entices with its rich layers. Green apple and pear transform into spicy flavors of freshly baked apple pie, while barrel fermentation imparts a creamy, luscious mouthfeel. This wine normally sells for between $20 & $22, but here is the deal. $16 a bottle by the 6-pack or
$15 a bottle by the case AND you get a Bogle T-Shirt at No Charge (Supplies are limited, so grab it while you can).
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Bogle Juggernaut Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside vineyards are special, and so is the wine that is crafted from them. PURITY, INTENSITY AND SEAMLESS STRUCTURE: French oak beautifully transforms intense mountain fruit into a wine with uncommon richness, yet smooth and luxurious texture. Juggernaut Hillside Cabernet is a wine that is fierce, brave and delicious.
This wine normally sells for $20, but you can buy it for: $18 a Bottle by the 6 Pk or
$16 a bottle by the Case AND you get a really cool Juggernaut Or Bogle T-shirt at No Charge. (Supplies are limited, so grab it while you can).
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Substance Chardonnay from Frenchman Hills Vineyard Now this wine normally sells for $18-$20, but I can sell it for $13 a bottle by the 6-pk or
$12 a bottle by the mixed case
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K Syrah from Northridge Vineyard This wine would normally sell for around $40 a bottle, but I can offer it to you for only $28 by the mix-six pack or
$25 a bottle by the mixed case, or $300 for a case
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Otello Lugana $15 by the 6-pack and
$13 by the Mixed Case!
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Fratelli Cozza Rose of Pinot Grigio $14 a bottle for a mixed 6-pack or $12 a bottle by the mixed case. ___  Btls


St Francis Old Vine Zinfandel  Normally this would sell for about $25, but we can sell it to you for $18 a bottle by the 6-pack or
$16 a bottle by the (mixed) case
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For a real Bargain of a deal, here is a nice daily drinker, in a 5 Year Blended Scotch. A Magnum of Bank Note will make for a good start, at only $44 for a 1 Liter bottle, all Wa St Liquor Taxes included in the price. ___  Btls


Bogle Cabernet Sauvignon  normally selling for around $15 a bottle $12 a bottle by the 6-pack or
$10 a bottle by the mixed case
And, as a special offer, if you buy a whole case of this wine, you can get a 3 liter bottle (equal to 4 bottles) for $30, which is only $7.50 a bottle.
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Four Vines Kinker Cab (Only 1 case left!) Normally sells for around $23, we can offer it to you for $17 when purchased by the 6-pack or
$15 when purchase by the (mixed) case.
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Ponzi Reserve Chardonnay Normally would sell for around $50 a bottle, we can offer it to you for $27 when purchased by the 6-pack or
$25 when purchase by the (mixed) case
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Masi Campofiorin Brolo 2013 This wine has been extremely popular, and we have sold a LOT of it, so I had an opportunity to purchase the remaining cases, at an even Better price!! Normally over $30 a bottle, but while supplies last you can Now have it for: $17 a bottle by the 6-pack or
$15 a bottle by a (mixed) case
Only about 1 6-pack left! ___  Btls


Freakshow Zinfandel $17 a bottle by the 6-pack,
or $15 a bottle by the case
Also, if you go for a full case of Freakshow Zinfandel, we will throw in a Magnum of either Earthquake Cabernet Sauvignon, Or Petite Petit at No Charge (while supplies last) !! And if you buy a whole case you also get a rebate coupon worth $42, making you final cost only $11.20 a bottle. What a Deal!!  ___  Btls


Viano Vineyards Chardonnay 2016 $12 a bottle or $72 for a 6-pack
or $10 a bottle for a full mixed case
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Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $17 a bottle, or $102 by the 6-pack
or $15 a bottle for a full case!
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Peirano Old Vine Zinfandel & Petite Sirah $13  a bottle by the 6-pack
or $12 a bottle by the case! 
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Petite Sirah  ___  Btls

OV Zin Mullan Road 6 B – $180, or $30 a bottle. ___  Btls


Berne Romance “Mediterranee Romance” Rose  $14 a bottle for a 6-pack
or $12 a bottle by the case!
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Please feel free to forward this email to any friends who might be interested in a nice case of wine, or a bottle or 2 of Spirits. I can get pretty much anything that is available in Washington.


Please see our menu at the bottom of this email, and it is also listed on our website, under Our Menu. There is also a dropdown menu with separate pages for different spirits, cocktails, wines etc. This part is being added daily, so please be patient, as it is a Lot of work, but it will be worth it 🙂

For indoor dining or dining on the Deck, reservations are highly recommended due to limited seating. We ask that you please wear a mask when entering the Bistro, and when using the restrooms. You can make your selections, and call (206) 365-4447 or if it goes to voicemail, please call my cell  (425) 359-5558 at least 30-60 minutes before you want to pick your order up. 

We now prefer to have you pay when you arrive, so we can run your physical card, rather than entering the #s manually, as our system charges us nearly Double if we do it that way. We will walk your order out to your car.

If you want a bottle of wine, to go with your dinner, just let us know what you want, or if you want me to pick something out for you, and we will add that to your bill. We are also offering a number of craft cocktails to go. Just add ice, or stir over ice, and Shazam, you can have a Craft Bistro Cocktail in the comfort of your own home.

Quarantine Case Sale Details: Wine Case Sale Details! I can still assemble a Quarantine A, B or C case for you, or a mixed 6-pack or case of the Feature Wines listed below.

  • Option A is a $150 case of 12 bottles, valued at about $200-$250, with as close to your mix as possible, with a couple nice bottles valued around $20-$30. We are no longer able to fill Option A cases with All Red, so a minimum of 3 other bottles (White, Rose or Bubbles) will be included in your case. I can do All Red, If you are fine with a couple duplicates. 
  • Option B is a Nicer $200 case of 12 bottles, valued at about $250-$300, with as close to your mix as possible, with a couple nicer bottles valued around $35-$50. And we decided to up the offer for those of you looking for a step-up! 
  • Option C is an even Nicer $300 case of 12 bottles, valued at about $350-$400,  with as close to your mix as possible, with a couple nicer bottles valued around $60-$90, some as high as $125.

Just reply to this email with your preferred option A, B or C, and let me know when you would like to pick your case up. I will fill your custom case and it will be ready the same day or next day we are open. Feel free to tell me if you want a mix of Red, White, Rose or Bubbles, and I will do my best to make up a case especially suited as close as possible to your request.

Please remember the New Wine Shop hours Noon-7pm Wed-Fri & Noon-3 Sat Takeout hours are 4-7 Wed & Thur and 4-8 Fri

Going forward, due to our new POS system, we will ask you to bring your credit card and pay for your order of food, wine or spirits, The new system charges us nearly twice the amount of fee, if we key the CC# in manually. Let’s work together and get through this as unscathed as possible.

Sincerely Ray, Sharon & the Bistro Crew https://www.facebook.com/NorthCityBistro

Check out our New Website, which is still being Tweaked, but is much improved, IMHO. And please remember, North City Bistro is All Ages All the Time (& we don’t charge cover for your kids under 18:)!

Thanks Ray, Sharon & the Bistro Crew

 

North City Bistro To Go Menu

Sharable Starters & Small Plates

Artisanal Cheese Plate  ~ $12 V GFO 3 Cheeses served with Apples, Fig Jam, Marcona Almonds & Crostini, Cucumber or GF Cracker

Roasted Golden Beet Salad – $12 V GF Organic Field Greens, Chevre Cheese, Maple Pecans & Brown Mustard Vinaigrette

Artichoke Dip ~ $8 V GFO Baked With Parmesan & Mild
Green Chilies, Served w/Crostini

House Made Flatbreads – $10 Arugula, Figs, Goat Cheese, Walnuts, Balsamic Glaze & Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Greek Fries ~ $8 V Scratch Fries w/Feta & *Remoulade*

Cioppino ~ $12 Bowl GFO Tomato base w Herbs, Veggies, Pacific Cod & Baby Clams w/Grilled Baguette

House Salad – $8 V GF Chopped Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion, Cucumber & Choice of Dressing

Roasted Asparagus ~ $8 V GF Arugula, Balsamic Glaze, Shaved Romano, Soft Egg & Aleppo Pepper

Antipasti Platter ~ $19 GFO Cured Meats, Fresh Mozzarella, w/Olives, Roasted Garlic, Artichokes, & Candied Walnuts

Caprese ~ $12 V GFO Heirloom Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella,
Basil & Balsamic Glaze w/Crostini

Roasted Cauliflower – $8 V GF w/Sherry Cream Sauce & Shaved Parmesan


Entrees

*Steak Frites ~ $24 Prime Top Sirloin  & Fries w/Truffle Oil & Fresh Herb Aioli

Braised Lamb Shank ~ $28 GF w/Sautéed Green Beans, Polenta Cake & Cilantro-Cardamom Gremolata

*Pacific Cod & Chips – $16 Crusted w/Panko & Toasted Coconut, served w/Fries & House Made Tartar Sauce

*Pork Tenderloin w/Mushroom Cream Sauce – $18 w/Charred Carrots & Yukon Gold Potato Disks

*Seafood Alfredo ~ $18 GFO Shrimp & Crab on Linguine w/Alfredo Sauce – GF Pasta add $2

Pesto Linguini ~ $16 V GFO Homemade Pesto, Kalamata Olives Tomatoes & Feta Cheese  – V GF Pasta add $2

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