The chef's 5-course tasting menu with paired wines is held every Saturday. The menu selections and wine flights change every week. Here are the details for this Saturday.
Please join us (21 and up only, please!) anytime from 5:00 on for a chef's 5-course tasting menu. Cost is a mere thirty bucks for all five courses. We've also put together a wine flight that pairs each course with a different wine. Cost for the flight is only twenty bucks for five wines, or if you'd prefer not to do the flight, we'll also have wines available by the glass or bottle, as well as beer and cocktails.
Cheese platters, oysters on the half shell and chocolate truffles are also usually available. The bar will be open until at least 11:00 and the kitchen will be open until at least 10:00. Here's the line-up. Wine notes and bottle prices are at the end of this announcement if you're interested.
CHEF'S 5-COURSE TASTING MENU ~ $30
Ahi Tuna Tartare | Harissa | Medjool Date Puree | Quail Egg | Mint | Green Garlic Breadcrumbs
White Asparagus + Licorice Root Bisque | Stinging Nettle Pesto | Petite Licorice Greens
Ricotta Gnocchi | Caramelized Spring Onions | Pickled Ramps | Maitake Mushrooms | Pancetta | Thyme Jus
Grilled Hanger Steak | Spring Panzanella Salad (Italian Bread Salad with Marinated Baby Artichokes)
WINE PAIRING FLIGHT ~ $20
2008 Justin Chardonnay
2008 Vision Cellars Rosé
2005 Montirius "Le Clos" Vacqueyras Rhone Red (WS 93)
2004 Cimicky "Reserve" Shiraz (WA 93-95+)
Mocha Espresso Mini Martini
LOCATION & PHONE
Wine Vault & Bistro is located in the heart of San Diego between Little Italy and Old Town at 3731-A India Street on the upstairs terrace. Follow the black handrail up the stairs from the sidewalk to our front door. Our phone number is (619) 295-3939.
PARKING ~ FREE & PAID
On-street parking is usually available within a 3-block radius. Remember that it’s OK to park in yellow commercial zones after 6:00 and that meters are also free after 6:00. You can also park in the lot behind Shakespeare Pub two doors down, but do not park in El Indio's lot unless you want your car towed! If you can’t find parking next to the restaurant, there’s always LOTS OF PARKING on San Diego Avenue and the adjacent side streets just past the Chevron station across Washington Street. There's also a huge pay parking lot ($1 per hour) at the Mission Brewery Building two blocks south at the corner of Washington & Hancock. (You'll have to take San Diego Avenue to Noell to Hancock to get there due to the one-way streets.) So please don't drive yourself crazy endlessly going around in circles waiting to pounce on that perfect spot when there's TONS OF PARKING less than three blocks away!
WINE NOTES & BOTTLE PRICES
2008 Justin Chardonnay ~ $16
(Paso Robles) Winemaker’s Notes: Aromas of green apple, kiwi and ripe stone fruit combine with a hint of caramel and toasted oak on the nose. The entry is bright and crisp with good acid and flavors of white peach, apricot, meyer lemon and hints of mineral and vanilla. The wine finishes by coating your mouth with multiple layers of honey, cream and a touch of spice from the “lees” stirred French oak.
2008 Vision Cellars Rosé ~ $14
(California) Winemaker's Notes: 50% Syrah + 50% Grenache. 100% stainless steel fermentation. Aromas of strawberry and kiwi followed by flavors of peach, crème pie. Finishes with hints of passion fruit and dried bananas. 353 cases produced.
2005 Montirius "Le Clos" Vacqueyras ~ $26
(France) Review from Wine Spectator ~ #63 on Top 100 List ~ 93 points: This Rhône red is dark and really packed, but also seamless, with a round, juicy texture carrying the fig sauce, black licorice, Turkish coffee and iron notes. The long finish is filled with blackberry and mineral. Best from 2009 through 2013. 2,500 cases made.
2004 Cimicky "Reserve" Shiraz ~ $40
(Australia) Review by Robert Parker ~ 93-95+ points: The tightly-knit, awesomely endowed 2004 Shiraz Reserve is a potential blockbuster. Produced from a 40-year-old vineyard in the Lyndoch sector of Barossa, it spent 18 months in American hogsheads. Its inky/purple color reluctantly gives up aromas of roasted meats, smoked herbs, black cherries, and blackberries. This multidimensional wine boasts layers of fruit and glycerin as well as remarkable structure and equilibrium. A fabulous example of old vine Shiraz from Barossa, with more elegance and sophistication than many Eurocentric wine elitists would care to acknowledge, it should be consumed over the next 12-15 years.
Mocha Espresso Mini Martini
An invigorating (and potent) concoction of chilled fresh espresso, Ketel One Vodka, Crème de Cacao and Kahlua. Served in a shot glass.