Please join us (21 and up only, please) this Saturday anytime from 5:00 on for our weekly chef's 5-course tasting menu. The menu selections and wine flights change every week. Cost is a mere forty-two fifty for all five courses and twenty bucks for all five paired wines. If you'd prefer not to order the paired wine flight, wines by the glass or bottle, as well as beer and cocktails, are also available. Here are the details for this upcoming Saturday. Wine notes and bottle prices are 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 any modifications to the menu. This includes allergies and food sensitivities.
CHEF'S 5-COURSE TASTING MENU ~ $42.50 | WINE PAIRING FLIGHT ~ $20
Shaved Brussels Sprouts | Apple Wood Smoked Bacon | Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese | White Balsamic Vinaigrette
2016 Gérard Bertrand "Crémant de Limoux" Rosé (3 oz. pour)
Pan Seared Scallops | Celeriac Moussline | Brown Butter Shellfish Foam
2015 Treana Blanc (3 oz. pour)
Duck Confit | Rosemary Stewed Beans | Mediterranean Olive Relish
2014 Robert Craig "Howell Mountain" Zinfandel (3 oz. pour)
Wagyu Hanger Steak | Poached Fennel | Potato Leek Gratin | Smoked Garlic Demi Glace
2016 Catena "San Carlos" Cabernet Franc (3 oz. pour)
Mille Feuille | Tahitian Vanilla Cream Patissiere | Milk Chocolate
2014 Margerum "Late Harvest" Sauvignon Blanc (3 oz. pour)
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 Pub at the corner of India and Winder. Also, on-street parking is 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 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.
2015 Treana Blanc ~ $21
(Central Coast) Winemaker's Notes: 45% Viognier, 45% Marsanne + 10% Roussanne. A stunning example of a new world Rhone blend with aromas and flavors of pineapple, dried apricot, peach and Clementine orange that combine with floral notes of honeysuckle and elderflower. Sweet notes of marzipan, honey, graham cracker along with cinnamon and vanilla round out this complex, full-bodied and racy wine.
2014 Robert Craig "Howell Mountain" Zinfandel ~ $52
(Napa Valley) 78% Zinfandel + 22% Petit Sirah. Review by Wine and Spirits ~ 94 points: Presented with the dense extract and rich new oak to parallel the ambitions of a Napa Valley Cabernet, this succeeds in a grand and powerful style. The fruit is expansive enough that is subsumes the oak influence into its volcanic minerality, bringing to mind obsidian as the grape-skin tannins add a glint of tension to the finish. Scents of roses and bay laurel provide detail within the wine's depths. This has a decade of development ahead.
2016 Catena "San Carlos" Cabernet Franc ~ $20
(Argentina) Winemaker's Notes: 100% Cabernet Franc. This wine is a purple color with red ruby tones. The nose offers elegant aromas of spices, and fresh herbs as thyme and rosemary, red berries, cassis and raspberries, with layers of cedar. The mouthfeel is full and rich with cassis, raspberries flavors and notes of black pepper and oregano. The finish is bright and fresh with finely grained tannins.
2014 Margerum "Late Harvest" Sauvignon Blanc ~ $24
(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 crème brûlée, or salty cheeses.