Wine Vault & Bistro is pleased to announce a delicious New Year's Eve dinner paired with some amazing wines. We'll have two seatings: one at 5:00 for those of you who have other parties to go to (or just want to get home at a sane hour) and another one at 9:00 for those of you who would like to ring in the New Year here at the Vault.
As we've done for I-can't-remember-how-many-years-in-a-row-now, we're featuring (late seating only) the just released current vintage of winemaker extraordinaire Chris Ringland's "Clio," which literally arrived days ago. (Yes, we will have a limited amount of this difficult to obtain wine available for purchase.)
The late seating is $129.50 plus tax and gratuity and includes:
1. Champagne reception with tray-passed appetizers
2. Four-course dinner paired with four extra-special wines (including a Turley Zin, Saxon Brown Pinot, and Clio)
3. Dessert paired with Cognac
4. Flute of bubbly for a midnight toast
We hope you'll be able to join us for this fun, wine and champagne filled evening! It promises to be a culinary and wine pairing experience like no other. Here's the line-up. Wine notes and bottle prices are listed 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 vegetarian requests.
9:00 SEATING ~ $129.50
8:30 to 9:00 Champagne reception with tray passed appetizers
NV Taittinger Brut La Française Champagne (5 oz. pour)
Maine Lobster Bisque | Saffron Foam | Vanilla Brown Butter
2015 Croix "Narrow Gauge" Chardonnay (5 oz. pour)
Wild Mushroom Agnolotti | Roasted Chestnut Cream Sauce | Crispy Pancetta
2013 Saxon Brown "Gap's Crown Vineyard" Pinot Noir (3 oz. pour)
Duck Confit Paressé | Roasted Persimmon | Onion Soubise
2015 Turley "Old Vine" Zinfandel (3 oz. pour)
Rib Eye Steak | Gruyere Potato au Gratin | Black Truffle + Roasted Shallot Demi Glace
2014 El Nido "Clio" Spanish Red Blend (3 oz. pour)
Dark Chocolate Marquise | Milk Chocolate Mousse | Poached Kumquats| Candied Hazelnuts
Hardy V. S. Cognac (1 oz. pour)
2015 Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Rosé (4 oz. pour)
RSVP ~ (619) 295-3939
Please make your reservations directly with Wine Vault & Bistro at 619-295-3939. We're very good about returning calls promptly, so please leave a message with the best time to return your call if you get the dreaded voice mail.
Cost for the late dinner is $129.50. Sales tax and an 18% gratuity will be added to the cost of dinner. Due to limited seating, CREDIT CARD RESERVATIONS ARE AN ABSOLUTE MUST. We accept Visa and MasterCard only.
SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS
Due to the complexity of this menu we regret that we will be unable to accommodate vegetarian requests. If you have any other special dietary needs, please let us know when you RSVP, not when you arrive. We will do our best to accommodate special dietary needs if we can and if given advance notice. Please be aware that last minute menu aberration requests without advance notice will be impossible for us to accommodate.
You may cancel your reservation up to 72 hours in advance without penalty. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED WITH LESS THAN 72-HOUR NOTICE unless we are able to replace your cancellation at the last minute. (See below for groups over 4 people.)
LARGE GROUPS (OVER 4)
If you want to come with a group of friends, please make one reservation for your entire party so we can reserve a block of seats for you ... however, in the interest of fairness to others, we reserve the right to limit the number of people on a single reservation at our discretion. The cancellation period for canceling the ENTIRE reservation without penalty is doubled from the standard 72 hours (see above) to 144 hours (6 days). If you need to cancel only 1 or 2 people, the standard 72-hour notice still applies.
The dinner begins promptly 9:00, but we HIGHLY recommend that you arrive earlier to better your chances of getting a closer parking space ... and to enjoy the Champagne reception which you'll miss if you show up at the last minute! Doors open at 8:30 for the late seating.
Wine Vault & Bistro is located in the heart of San Diego between Little Italy and Old Town at 3731-A India Street on the upper terrace. Follow the black handrail from the sidewalk up the stairs to our front door.
Valet parking is available for $8.00. 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. Remember that it’s OK to park in yellow commercial zones on Sunday and that meters are also not enforced on Sunday. 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!
We'll be pouring 3-5 ounce tasting portions of wine and champagne (see the line-up above) totaling 17-24 ounces or the equivalent of well over three-quarters of a bottle of wine per person. Pour buckets are provided for designated drivers.
Although some wines may be in limited quantities, all wines poured at this dinner will be available for purchase at the restaurant until sold out. We reserve the right to limit sales of any rare or allocated wines at our discretion.
WINE REVIEWS & PRICING
LATE SEATING WINES
NV Taittinger Brut la Française Champagne ~ $38
(France) Winemaker's Notes: Distinguished by a delicate nose with subtle brioche notes, this champagne has a palate of considerable depth and balance with hints of honey and fresh fruit.
2015 Croix "Narrow Gauge" Chardonnay ~ $33
(Russian River Valley) Winemaker's Notes: A fuller and broader style of Chardonnay, it has a golden straw presence in the glass with a bouquet of raw honey, marmalade, fresh citrus zest, toasted pine nuts, rocky flints, allspice, toasted oak and lusciousness on the nose that is ever so inviting. Island ripe pineapple, apple, stone fruit, and crisp pear fill the mouth. The balance of fresh and savory draws you in for another taste. Drink now through 2018.
2013 Saxon Brown "Gap's Crown Vineyard" Pinot Noir ~ $42
(Sonoma Coast) Review by Wine Advocate ~ 91 points: A slightly darker, more Cotes de Nuits style Pinot Noir, with notes of forest floor, blackcurrent and black cherry, soft tannin, decent acidity, and pure, rich, medium to full-bodied flavors. This is a well-executed Pinot Noir for drinking over the next 7-8 years.
2015 Turley "Old Vine" Zinfandel ~ $38
(California) Winemaker's Notes: Old Vines is composed of a variety of old sites from California that are either too small to be made into a vineyard designate wine or are “new” to the Turley family (and way of farming). Vines are anywhere from 41 to 129 years old, and a true representation of California old vine Zinfandel, hailing from vineyards in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lodi, Contra Costa, Amador and Paso Robles. There is no better way to gauge the classic character of old vine Zinfandel in California than through this wine. Given that old vine vineyards (and their yields) have been on the decline for quite some time, and with 2014’s woefully small Old Vines harvest fresh in our mind, our intrepid winemaker Tegan Passalacqua set out on a mission to discover a “new” old vine vineyard. Let it be truly old, but healthy; silky, yet concentrated; and have beautiful, succulent fruit, without compromising on tannin & texture. And lo, he hath delivered! Please welcome the Steacy Vineyard in Lodi as the newest addition to the multi-vineyard sourced 2015 Old Vines. Planted in sandy soils, Steacy’s vines hail from 1907 & the 1950’s, and they lend an excellent lift and approachable charm to one of our favorite wines. Dark brambly and well-spiced red fruits on the deeply fragrant nose are prolonged on the palate, followed by classic Old Vines texture: an excellent acid/tannin synergy, and the kind of natural depth, complexity, and grace that can only come from truly old vines.
2014 El Nido "Clio" Spanish Red Blend ~ $46
(Spain) Winemaker's Notes: 70% Monastrel (Mourvèdre) + 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine exhibits a glass-coating opaque purple color with an expressive nose of pain grille, underbrush, brier, mineral, blueberry, and blackberry fruit leading to a plush, opulent wine with great density, savory flavors, and a lengthy finish.
Hardy VS Cognac
(France) An elegant pale color with golden reflections. This harmonious blend of four of the best cognac regions reveals floral notes and offers a fine balance between freshness and smoothness.
2015 Gérard Bertrand "Crémant de Limoux" Brut 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 rasberry, backed with hints of toasted bread.
THE FINE PRINT
Due to fluctuations of supply, we reserve the right to make substitutions of equal or greater value in case any of the wines or foods become unavailable. Please, ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 21 ... even if your babysitter flakes out on you at the last minute!
Hope to see you here. Buon appetito and cheers!