Please join us (21 and up only, please!) every Friday for our $26 prix fixe 3-course menu and wine flights. The menu changes weekly based on whatever's fresh and in season. Please RSVP to 619.295.3939. We are open from 5:30 to 10:00 and accept reservations anytime between 5:30 and 8:00. Here’s this Friday’s line-up. (Subject to change)
PRIX FIXE 3-COURSE DINNER - 26 | WINE PAIRING - 15
pick one from each category below
local lobster + shrimp cobb salad | fines herbes dressing | bacon deviled egg
2016 mauritson "dry creek valley" sauvignon blanc (5 oz. pour)
caramelized pork sausage en croûte | dijon mustard beurre blanc | apple + chickpea salad
2011 buoni anni sangiovese (5 oz. pour)
fall spiced pumpkin bisque | bacon + blue cheese crostini | brown butter crema
2014 luca "g lot" pinot noir (5 oz. pour)
moroccan spiced beef osso buco | coriander couscous | pomegranate + almond gremolata
2015 justin cabernet sauvingon (5 oz. pour)
roasted root vegetable + spinach lasagna | crispy asiago | pepita + swiss chard pesto
2014 cass "rockin' one" red blend (5 oz. pour)
crispy skin snapper | toasted shrimp + curry bisque | ginger scented jasmine rice
2016 paul hobbs "crossbarn" chardonnay (5 oz. pour)
carrot cake | caramel ice cream | white chocolate mousse
nv hidalgo pedro ximenez sherry (2 oz. pour)
danish blue | roasted pear + thyme butter | white balsamic gastrique | candied walnut
2013 margerum "late harvest" sauvignon blanc (3 oz.pour)
dark chocolate torte | huckleberry compote | hazelnut crumble
2014 rockpile "independence" red dessert wine (2 oz. pour)
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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 at the corner of India and Winder. On-street parking is also 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
2016 Mauritson Sauvignon Blanc ~ $15
(Dry Creek Valley) Winemaker's Notes: Our Sauvignon Blanc is gorgeously fruity. The aroma is a beautiful balance of young white peach flesh, papaya, and delicate white blossom. There is a pervasive vein of minerality and fresh pine sap. The entry is bright and focused. On the palate, notes of candied grapefruit dance with flavors of summer melon and lime zest. The finish is clean and soft with balanced acidity. Enjoy this wine with light appetizers, salads, seafood dishes or on its own on a warm summer evening.
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.
2014 Luca "G Lot" Pinot Noir ~ $26
(Argentina) Winemaker Notes: Beautiful garnet color with aromas of wild strawberries, saddle leather and cola root. A complex Pinot with notes of leather, spice, and cherry/raspberry confiture on the palate. Amazing aroma and finishes with an enjoyable Burgundian bent.
2015 Justin Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $23
(Paso Robles) Winemakers Notes: Dark purple ruby core, slightly lighter at the rim showing light staining on the glass. Aromatic with bright ripe black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, baking spice, savory dried autumn leaves, subtle violet floral notes with a hint of caramelized barrel sweetness. Dry, moderate plus bodied, with ripe red and black cherry, and blackcurrant fruit joined by vanilla and cinnamon spice notes on the entry. The mid-palate is fresh with sustained ripe fruit, toasty oak notes and softly textured tannins. The finish is moderately long with notes of cherry candy and blackcurrant fruit matched with subtle classic Cabernet savory elements. A great all-around choice for a wide range of food pairings from a simple cheese and charcuterie plate or a burger to vegetable lasagna, or even a prime rib. If you are looking for a quality, all-purpose red wine, this is it!
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.
2016 Paul Hobbs "Crossbarn" Chardonnay ~ $23
(Sonoma Coast) Winemaker's Notes: Daffodil yellow with aromas of Bartlett pear, yellow peach, and citrus/yellow flowers. On the palate, there are flavors of juicy pink lady apple, fresh guava, and apricot. The texture is creamy, energetic, long and salivating.
NV Hidalgo Pedro Ximenez Sherry ~ $21 (500ml)
(Spain) Dense and velvety, and caramel in color, this wine is an explosion of raisins, dry figs and honey. It can be used for reduction sauces and for baking yet it is an excellent accompaniment to blue cheese, poured over vanilla ice cream or served alone.
2013 Margerum "Late Harvest" Sauvignon Blanc ~ $19
(Santa Barbara County) Winemaker's Notes: Nose of juicy fruit, honey and ripe melon. Pleasantly sweet yet not cloying attack of more ripe fruit nicely balanced with rich Meyer lemon acidity in the evolution and long finish. Will age gracefully through 2020 developing nectar-like aromatics and becoming richer and even more honeyed. A well balanced dessert wine that pairs well with fruit salad, custardy desserts like creme brulee, or salty cheeses.
2014 Rockpile "Independence" Red Dessert Wine ~ $35
(Rockpile) Winemaker's Notes: 25% Tinto Cao, 25% Tinta Madeira, 25% Touriga Nacional, 25% Sousão. The 2014 “Independence” has beautiful contrast of extravagance and restraint. The aromatics are dominated by hedonistic flavors of baked pecan pie, vanilla bean, and dried apricot. The mouthfeel is viscous, enveloping every nook and cranny of your palate. Complex flavors of shaved nutmeg and dried herbs add to the depth of this wine. The finish shows the restraint: fine grained tannins lie just beneath the surface, accented beautifully with balanced acidity. While this wine is more than enjoyable now, it will benefit from a year or two in the cellar and age gracefully for the next 10-15 years.