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So we were reminiscing about all the winemaker dinners and tours we had the privilege of hosting in 2017 (exactly 43 if you're keeping track!), and getting melancholy thinking about some of the great wines we'd been able to pour when we thought, "How cool would it be to pair our five top selling red wines of the year with their own special menu?"
So we went through a whole year's worth of sales recaps, ranked all the reds according to how you voted for them with your pocketbook, and picked the five top. We then designed an awesome menu that pairs two tasting courses with each of the five wines. If you enjoy great food paired with great wines, this is definitely one dinner you'll not want to miss.
Cost is a mere fifty-nine fifty for the entire 10-course tasting menu and generous half-glass pours of all five wines (which equals over half a bottle per person). Hope you can join us. Here's the line-up. 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 menu modification requests whatsoever.
10-COURSE TASTING MENU PAIRED WITH OUR TOP 5 REDS OF 2015
1. Black Pepper Seared Ahi | Smoked Eggplant Caviar | Black Olive Relish
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2. Salmon Bacon | Roasted Wild Mushrooms | Wild Watercress
2015 Tres Picos Garnacha (3 oz. pour)
3. Crispy Skin Chicken Thigh | Stewed White Beans | Thyme Pan Jus
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4. Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage | Roasted Root Vegetables
2015 Margerum "M5" Red Blend (3 oz. pour)
5. Roasted Pulpo | Spicy Chorizo | Sofritto | Smokey Romesco
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6. Spanish Tortilla | Jamón + Potatoes | Saffron Aïoli
2013 Bokisch Graciano (3 oz. pour)
7. Slow Roasted NY Steak | Rosemary Potatoes | Pesto Oil
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8. Rolled Lasagna | Wild Boar Sugo | Roasted Peppers
2014 Stolpman "Estate" Sangiovese (3 oz. pour)
9. Aged Gouda | Red Wine + Caramelized Onion Preserves
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10. Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart | Almond Brittle
2014 Mauritson "Dry Creek Valley" Zinfandel (3 oz. pour)
RSVP ~ (619) 295-3939
Reservations are highly recommended!
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.
Valet parking is available for $8.00 on Thursday and Friday only. The drop-off point is two doors south of our entrance in front of Shakespeare Pub at the corner of India and Winder. On-street parking is also usually available within a 3-block radius. 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 Borsao "Tres Picos" Garnacha ~ $17
(Spain) 100% Grenache. Winemaker's Notes: Very intense cherry red colour with tones of purple. Presents in the nose a great concentration of aromas of ripe red fruit with floral nuances. In the mouth it is a well structured rich wine that evokes tastes of blackberry, plum and tones of leather and vanilla, with a soft and silky tannin.
2015 Margerum "M5" Red Blend ~ $23
(Santa Barbara) 41% Grenache, 37% Syrah, 14% Mourvèdre, 4% Counoise & 4% Cinsaut. Winemaker's Notes: A solid core of dark red fruit and spicy fruit surrounded by youthful tannins. The overlying presence of Grenache flavors initially impact the palate, followed by a finish complete with licorice, cocoa and dark chocolate contributions of Syrah and earthy Mourvèdre.
2013 Bokisch Graciano ~ $19
(Lodi) Winemaker's Notes: Graciano is thought to be the oldest variety commercially grown in Spain today. Its origins predate the arrival of the Romans, when Iberian tribes pressed and fermented their lovely Graciano juice in the old terraced hillside vineyards of the Rioja Alavesa. Complex aromas of dark chocolate, carob, ripe figs and blueberry pie entice the nose with a delicate ending of violet notes. It has soft silky smooth tannins and is full bodied in the mouth with a powerful long finish.
2014 Stolpman "Estate" Sangiovese ~ $23
(Ballard Canyon) 100% Sangiovese. Winemaker's Notes: Strawberry red fruit and mocha malt chocolate combine for a prodigiously heady opulence. Well rounded and evolved, the red profile broadens to incorporate cherries jubilee, chocolate ganache, and raspberry compote.
2014 Mauritson "Dry Creek Valley" Zinfandel ~ $22
(Dry Creek Valley) Winemaker's Notes: A mélange of black and red fruit jumps out of the glass of the 2014 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. Notes of cinnamon, baking spice and dark chocolate add complexity to the candied fruit. The entry is soft and lush, exhibiting flavors of rich oak and blackberry cobbler. The mouthfeel is seamless from start to finish, indicative of the perfectly integrated tannin and acid. Please enjoy this wine for the next 7-10 years.