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
mushroom tart | shaved pecorino | fermented garlic soubise
2015 j vineyards pinot noir (5 oz. pour)
toasted garlic chicken sausage | stewed shelling bean ragout | rainbow swiss chard
2014 ridge "paso robles" zinfandel (5 oz. pour)
ahi tuna carpaccio | horseradish crème fraîche | crispy capers
2016 mauritson sauvignon blanc (5 oz. pour)
cauliflower steak | brown butter | macerated grapes | almonds | cilantro pistou
2016 paul hobbs "crossbarn" chardonnay (5 oz. pour)
garlic thyme basted ribeye | spanish blue cheese + potato gratin | young broccoli
2016 daou cabernet sauvignon (5 oz. pour)
pan roasted wild salmon | mushroom + bacon roulade | melted leek moussline
2015 journeyman pinot noir (5 oz. pour)
caramel dipped blondie | tahitian vanilla ice cream
nv hidalgo pedro ximenez sherry (2 oz. pour)
fourme d’ambert | fresh honey | poached pear preserves | walnut loaf
2013 margerum "late harvest" sauvignon blanc (3 oz. pour)
dark chocolate ice cream | berry gazpacho | candied kumquat
wv&b's legendary "irish coffee without the coffee" (1 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
2015 J Vineyards Pinot Noir ~ $17
(California) Winemaker's Notes: Aromatic notes of exotic spice, cherry preserves and black tea. The palate is plush, jammy and ripe with flavors of spicy black pepper, cola and plum. Enjoy this wine with roasted leg of lamb with a balsamic-fig reduction or cranberry-glazed roast turkey breast with creamy mushroom risotto.
2014 Ridge "Paso Robles" Zinfandel ~ $29
(Paso Robles) 100% Zinfandel. Winemaker's Notes: Deep ruby. Black cherry, stewed plum, exotic barrel spice. Ripe bramble on entry, firm acid, gravelly mineral, medium-full body, round tannins, integrated oak finish.
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.
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.
2016 Daou Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $22
(Paso Robles) Winemaker's Notes: Blackberry, cassis, plum and currant aromas greet the nose, surrounded by black olives, anise, leather, and cigar box. Notes of graphite and crushed stone mingle with just a hint of cool mint. Robust and full bodied, an undercurrent of restrained power is palpable just below the surface at the core of this wine. Firm, fine grained tannins provide ample backbone for the layers of boysenberry, black cherry, licorice and dried herb flavors. Meaty and fleshy while retaining an overall elegance, it finishes with authority and finesse.
2015 Journeyman Pinot Noir ~ $48
(Russian River Valley) Complex nose of forest floor, Asian spices, gunpowder, sweet tobacco, and just ripe yet still tart plum. Super complex attack of earthy yet subtly tart sweet black plums and black cherries mellowing with faint tobacco and cocoa flavors in the evolution and with sweet acidity and smooth tannins in the long finish. Ready to drink now with rich salmon, pork or duck dishes or cellar up to 5-7 years to allow this Burgundy-like Pinot to reach its full potential.
NV Hidalgo Pedro Ximenez Sherry (500ml) ~ $21
(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.
WV&B's Legendary "Irish Coffee without the Coffee"
(Ireland) A decadent blend of Irish Cream, Irish Mist and Irish Whisky served chilled in a shot glass for sipping.