Please join us (21 and up only, please) this Saturday anytime from 5:00 on for our weekly chef's 5-course tasting menu. The menu selections and wine flights change every week. Cost is a mere thirty-nine fifty for all five courses and twenty bucks for all five paired wines. If you'd prefer not to order the paired wine flight, wines by the glass or bottle, as well as beer and cocktails, are also available. Here are the details for this upcoming Saturday. Wine notes and bottle prices are at the end of this announcement if you're interested.
NOTE: Due to the complexity of this menu we regret that we will be unable to accommodate any modifications to the menu. This includes allergies and food sensitivities.
CHEF'S 5-COURSE TASTING MENU ~ $39.50 | WINE PAIRING FLIGHT ~ $20
Wild Roquette Salad | Pear | Persimmon | Feta Crumble | Toasted Cashews
2015 Shaya Verdejo (3 oz. pour)
Chicken Roulade | Curry Cauliflower | Charred Yam | Picked Cilantro + Basil Salad
2014 Foxen "Santa Maria Valley" Pinot Noir (3 oz. pour)
Burgundy Braised Beef Shank | Cider Braised Cabbage | Parsnip Mousseline
2014 Cass "Rockin' One" Red Blend (3 oz. pour)
Wild Boar Chop | Dried Fig Glaze | Black Pepper Goat Cheese Foam
2011 Buoni Anni Sangiovese (3 oz. pour)
Maple Bourbon Pudding Cake | Whipped Mascarpone | Candied Walnuts
NV Yalumba Antique Tawny (2 oz. pour)
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
Valet parking is available for $8.00. The drop-off point is two doors south of our entrance in front of Shakespeare Pub at the corner of India and Winder. Also, 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. 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
2015 Shaya Verdejo ~ $14
(Spain) Winemaker's Notes: 100% Verdejo souced from low-yielding vines ranging in age from 75 to well over 100 years. It displays a nose of toasty baking spices, nutmeg, spring flowers, marzipan, and pit fruits. Pairs well with stuffed mussels, oysters, shrimps, and scallops, fish, vegetables, rices and pasta.
2014 Foxen "Santa Maria Valley" Pinot Noir ~ $27
(Santa Maria Valley) Review by Wine Advocate ~ 90 points: Spice, underbrush, wild herbs and assorted red fruits all emerge from this charming, medium-bodied, supple, forward Pinot. It's geared for drinking over the coming 3-4 years, but offers incredible quality for not much buck. It's a blend from Bien Nacido, Riverbench and Solomon Hills vineyards, and spent nine months in old French oak.
2014 Cass "Rockin' One" Red Blend ~ $28
(Paso Robles) Winemaker's Notes: A harmonious blend of 42% Grenache, 37% Mourvèdre,16% Syrah and 5% Petite Sirah displays nuances of stewed boysenberries, dried raspberry, pipe tobacco, clove and orange zest. A balanced core provides the foundation for plum preserves, fresh olallieberry, tart cranberry and vanilla candy to dance across the palate. Complex, layered flavors glide atop soft, integrated tannins and bright acidity highlighting notes of dusted cranberry, black licorice, freshly cut spearmint and a ghost of jasmine incense.
2011 Buoni Anni Sangiovese ~ $22
(Santa Ynez) Winemaker's Notes: The 2011 Buoni Anni Sangiovese is a blend of many clones from the Estate (44%), Oak Savannah Vineyard (16%), Honea Vineyard (16%), Three Creek Vineyard (16%) and Stolpman Vineyard (8%).Our goal is to make classic Sangiovese that is dry, lean and complex. The typical Sangiovese aromas of spice and violets are here; complemented by ripe, earthy currants and black cherry. The wine has a wonderful silky texture. The tannins and firm acidity are present but integrated. Even though we are growing in one of the cooler climates in California we still get fully physiological mature grapes. The firm but benevolent framework means it’s drinkable now, as the acidity and smooth tannins have resolved after two years in large neutral French oak puncheons.
NV Yalumba Antique Tawny (375ml) ~ $19
(Australia) Winemaker's Notes: This outstanding old dessert wine is deep tawny in color, with an aroma featuring dried fruits, caramel and spices with elegant brandy spirit and hints of wood aged rancio. The palate is richly flavored featuring chocolate and caramel with fine spirit characters and persistent aftertaste of dried fruits and nutty nuances. The texture is sweet and smooth with roundness from the wood maturation and brandy spirit filling out the middle palate and providing the firm, drying finish.