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
smoked brisket slider | toasted brioche | chipotle scented slaw
2014 bokisch garnacha (5 oz. pour)
chilled white corn soup | butter poached lobster | fines herbes foam
2016 croix “narrow gauge” chardonnay (5 oz. pour)
market tomato + melon salad | basil pistou | crispy prosciutto
2016 mauritson sauvignon blanc (5 oz. pour)
asian spiced duck breast | shiitake + asparagus drunken noodles | housemade hoisin
2016 turley “buck cobb” zinfandel (5 oz. pour)
chickpea “paella” | saffron rice | grilled artichoke | olive relish
2014 keenan merlot (5 oz. pour)
shrimp + cheddar grits | paprika tomato broth | summer vegetable ragout | fresno peppers
2017 cass viognier (5 oz. pour)
dark chocolate marquise | summer berry gazpacho | vanilla tuile
diplomatico "reserva exclusiva" 12-year-old venezuelan rum (1 oz. pour)
thyme whipped goat cheese | bing cherries | black pepper + sherry wine gastrique
2013 margerum "late harvest" sauvignon blanc (3 oz. pour)
crema catalana | brandy caramel | cardamom poached citrus | brown sugar crisp
nv hidalgo pedro ximenez sherry (2 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
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.
2016 Croix Narrow Gauge Chardonnay ~ $33
2015 NOTES: (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.
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 Turley “Buck Cobb Vineyard” Zinfandel ~ $46
(Amador County) Review by Wine Advocate: 90-93 points: Shows a riper, more overt side of Zinfandel relative to the other wines from this area. Succulent dark cherry, tobacco, cedar, dried herbs and olive add character. This is a decidedly bold, fruit-driven style, yet the wine retains a mid-weight sense of structure as well as good acidity. The tannins are a bit clenched upon release but it will be an absolute rock star when it opens up a bit more.
2014 Keenan Merlot ~ $30
(Napa Valley) winemaker's Notes: 100% Merlot. Intense aromas of black cherry, blackberry, and cassis. Complex nuances of cocoa and coffee bean emerge as the wine opens up. This is a “big” Merlot that will age for many years to come.
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.
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.
NV Hidalgo Pedro Ximenez Sherry ~ $21 (500ml)
(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.