Please join us (21 and up only, please!) every Friday for our $27.50 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 - 27.50 | WINE PAIRING - 15
pick one from each category below
saffron poached shrimp | white bean hummus | garlic toast
2016 bokisch garnacha blanca (5 oz. pour)
bacon wrapped country pork terrine | smoky onion + sun dried tomato jam | toasted sourdough
2014 bokisch garnacha (5 oz. pour)
strawberry salad | fresh burrata | toasted pistachios | pickled rhubarb | wild arugula
2015 gérard bertrand "crémant de limoux" rosé (5 oz. pour)
harissa crusted beef ribs | grilled vegetable ragout
mediterranean israeli couscous | roasted tomato oil
2016 venge “scout's honor” red blend (5 oz. pour)
chick pea fritter | avocado hummus | spring vegetable ragout
2016 cavas valmar tempranillo (5 oz. pour)
miso roasted alaskan cod | soy seasoned dashi
caramelized choy sum | ginger sticky rice
2017 cass viognier (5 oz. pour)
tahitian vanilla ice cream | caramel blondie
nv dios baco pedro ximenez sherry (2 oz. pour)
kahlúa soaked lady fingers | whipped mascarpone cheese | burnt cinnamon crèma
diplomatico "reserva exclusiva" 12-year-old Venezuelan rum (1 oz. pour)
jamon wrapped medjool date | manchego cheese | wild arugula
2013 margerum "late harvest" sauvignon blanc (3 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 Bokisch Garnacha Blanca ~ $16
(Lodi) Winemaker's Notes: 100% Garnacha Blanca. This Garnacha Blanca is luscious, full-bodied white and is aged in 14% new French Oak. This vintage is distinct because of the native yeast fermentation which imparts a more complex natural reflection of the vineyard and soils. It has a delicate, light straw color and aromatics of Fuji apple, dried white nectarine, honeysuckle and tapioca. Round full flavors of honeydew melon, watermelon juice, and Bosc pear end with a touch of fresh tarragon. Pair with roast chicken stuffed with fresh lemon and herbs or savory roasted garlic custard.
2014 Bokisch Garnacha ~ $18
(Lodi) Winemaker's Notes: 92% Garnacha, 7% Graciano + 1% Petit Verdot. The gorgeous 2014 Garnacha catches the eye with a bright crimson red color. It has bright floral aromatics of rose petals, cassis, orange peel and wild strawberries ending with a slight toast. It is juicy and has an essence of strawberry rhubarb pie on the palate with some cranberry, raspberry and a touch of apple cider. This medium bodied wine has sophisticated dry tannins up front with a nice, long finish. Serve with grilled chipotle raspberry chicken thighs, spinach salad with cranberries and toasted pecans or cheese with Membrillo.
2015 Gérard Bertrand "Crémant de Limoux" Rosé ~ $14
(France) Winemaker's Notes: 70% Chardonnay, 15% Chenin Blanc + 15% Pinot Noir. Chardonnay is the key ingredient in this blend, contributing to the Crémant's well-balanced texture and providing the delicate bubbles. Chenin Blanc contributes vivacity and, in time, will reveal exceptional richness. Pinot Noir supplies the exceptional color. Boasts a beautiful, salmon-pink robe with glimmering reflections. Delicate bubbles and an extraordinary vivacity on the palate, with a rich, indulgent texture. A complex bouquet with long-lasting aromas of strawberry and raspberry, backed with hints of toasted bread.
2016 Venge "Scout's Honor" Proprietary Red ~ $32
(Napa Valley) Winemaker's Notes: 68% Zinfandel, 16% Charbono, 10% Petite Sirah + 6% Syrah. This vintage has a sumptuous concentration on the nose of sweet black fruit, crushed blue herbs, anise, black truffle, and vanillin. The palate is rich with sweet blueberry and raspberry fruit, dried cherries, black currants, and pepper spices. Fleshy and succulent with an enveloping masculinity of char and tannins from the Syrah, Charbono and Petite Sirah. A seamless balance and mouth coating delicious-ness are found throughout with an extra long finish that is quite pleasing to the senses. Cellared correctly it will age for 5 to 10 years.
2016 Cavas Valmar Tempranillo ~ $22
(Valle de Guadalupe) Winemaker's Notes: 100% Tempranillo. Intense red pomegranate color with some violet tones. Nose is a delicious combination of red fruits, plums, and spices. Complex attack of ripe blackberries well balanced with dry, soft tannins in the finish.
2017 Cass Viognier ~ $18
(Paso Robles) Winemaker's Notes: Aromatic, fruit forward and fresh acidity. A nose of plump apricot, golden apple, spiced pineapple and honeysuckle. The palate brings forth ripe nectarine, pressed peach, coconut custard and gingerbread. Great as an apertif, or pair with summer salads, grilled fish, or spicy Asian cuisine.
NV Dios Baco Pedro Ximenez Sherry (500ml) ~ $17
(Spain) Intensely rich nose of sweet molasses and raisins with faint background aromas of coffee and licorice. Thick, viscous attack of rich raisin flavors perfectly balanced with just the right amount of acidity in the evolution so as not to make the flavors cloying. Long, non-tannic finish with an ever-so-faint background hint of spiciness that contributes to its complexity and also helps make the flavors non-cloying. Rated one of the "100 Best Buys" by Wine Enthusiast, this unusual but versatile, black-and-thick-as-motor-oil dessert wine is great by itself, or simply drizzled over vanilla ice cream, or to accompany cigars. Cooks also use it to impart an unbelievably complex flavor to stews, soups and braised meats. Once opened, it has a shelf life of at least a month. 17.0% alcohol.
Diplomatico "Reserva Exclusiva" Rum
(Venezuela) An elegant and complex sipping rum carefully crafted from the purest of sugar cane honeys. It is delicately distilled in ancient copper pot stills and aged in small oak casks for up to twelve years. Marrying a unique body with excellent balance has made it a reference for rum lovers and connoisseurs throughout the world. Amber in color, with a complex nose and flavors of maple syrup, orange peel, brown sugar, licorice, and sweet toffee fudge. Seductive and elegant finish.
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.