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
grilled spanish pulpo | gigante bean salad | piquillo peperade | saffron aïoli
2016 borsao rosé (5 oz. pour)
chilled wild asparagus vichyssoises | toasted garlic + goat cheese croutons | lemon oil
2015 substance "sb" sauvignon blanc (5 oz. pour)
roasted beet salad | citrus | dill scented crème fraîche | pistachio brittle
2017 cass viognier (5 oz. pour)
buttermilk fried chicken | bourbon bacon whipped sweet potatoes | creole style gravy
2015 margerum "m5" red blend (5 oz. pour)
pan roasted wild salmon | sticky rice | bloomsdale spinach | miso glaze
2016 j vineyards pinot noir (5 oz. pour)
crispy skin duck confit | cumin roasted carrots | smoked ham hock shelling beans
2014 b. leighton "gratitude" red blend (5 oz. pour)
peach cobbler | oatmeal crumble | tahitian vanilla ice cream
2016 michele chiarlo "nivole" moscato d'asti (3 oz. pour)
molten valrhona chocolate cake | huckleberry compote | whipped mascarpone
diplomatico "reserva exclusiva" 12-year-old venezuelan rum (1 oz. pour)
carrot cake | whipped salted caramel frosting | golden raisins
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 Borsao Rosé ~ $9
(Spain) 100% Grenache. Winemaker's Notes: Red luminescent color with warm glows. Has a strong aroma of berries and sweets. Very young and fresh in the mouth, well balanced with its acidity, rich in floral nuances and spices.
2015 Substance "SB" Sauvignon Blanc ~ $19
(Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley) Winemaker's Notes: One whiff of this wine and you're all in. In fact, diving in head first! From the onset citrus, hay, wet earth, thyme and marjoram. Giving way to a rich, lively and full palate and finishes with tropical notes and seashells. ~ Review by Robert Parker (90 points): 100% Sauvignon Blanc brought up in barrel. Notes of lemon curd, hints of citrus and white grapefruit all flow to a rounded and supple white that has integrated acidity and a clean finish. It’s a seriously good white that’s well worth its going rate.
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.
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.
2016 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 B. Leighton "Gratitude" Red Blend ~ $41
(Yakima Valley) Winemaker's Notes: 70% Mourvedre, 25% Grenache + 5% Syrah. Chalk and earth with beautiful notes of raspberry and white pepper. Iron and dried herbs complete this wine. It continues to leave an impression long after you've finished the bottle. ~ Review by Wine Enthusiast (94 points): It opens with achingly pure red currant, cranberry, black pepper, blue fruit, orange peel and dried herb aromas that completely captivate the senses. The palate shows a hypnotic sense of purity along with a sense of elegance that is dazzling. Smoked meat flavors linger on the long finish.
2016 Michele Chiarlo "Nivole" Moscato d'Asti ~ $20
(Italy) Winemaker's Notes: This sweet, fragrant, lightly sparkling wine has vivid aromas and flavors of peach, apricot, grapefruit and sage on a light body with a delicate finish typical of Moscato d’Asti. An excellent companion to fresh pastries and fruit such as strawberries and peaches.
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.