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
Wild Greens Salad | Roasted Beets | Humboldt Fog | Toasted Pistachios | Caramelized Shallot Oil
2016 Catena "Tupungato" Chardonnay (3 oz. pour)
Poached Bay Scallops | Housemade Ricotta Agnolotti | Spring Pea Beurre Blanc | Spring Carrot Salad
2015 Treana Blanc (3 oz. pour)
Lemon + Garlic Grilled Quail | Turmeric Rice Cake | Crispy Shallots
2015 Juan Gil Monastrell (3 oz. pour)
Pan Roasted Lamb Chop | Grilled Pole Beans | Mint Oil | Feta + Coriander Charmoula
2014 Justin "Savant" Red Blend (3 oz. pour)
Orange Scented Buttermilk Cake | Poppyseed Glacé | Elderberry Strawberries
Diplomatico "Reserva Exclusiva" Venezuelan Rum (1 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 Catena "Tupungato" Chardonnay ~ $17
(Argentina) Winemaker's Notes: This wine has the unique expression of cool and high altitude vineyard sites. Tupungato vineyards lend citrus notes with a crisp finish and a rich unctuous mouthfeel. The wine has a beautiful pear and citrus flavors with crisp fresh minerality. The wine is a delicate greenish color with light yellow notes. The aroma is of fresh white peaches and pineapples and jasmine and magnolia. The mouthfeel is tangible and rich yet clean and fresh on the finish.
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.
2015 Juan Gil Monastrell ~ $16
(Spain) Review by Wine Advocate: 91 Points. This wine is their pure Monastrell aged in oak for 12 months. The profile of this wine has changed, and there is now no trace of oak; it feels a lot more focused, fresh and approachable, with berries, Mediterranean herbs and balsamic notes, quite intense. The palate is very tasty, not terribly complex, with fine tannins, good balance and freshness. Approachable and easy to drink. Bravo for the change!
2014 Justin "Savant" Red Blend - $54
(Paso Robles) Winemaker's Notes: 62% Syrah, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon + 5% Grenache. Deep, nearly opaque, purple ruby core lightening toward the rim with thick, slow forming moderately stained tears on the glass. Intense and layered with black berry jam and ripe black cherry jam fruit, sweet spice of vanilla and cinnamon, with smoky oak notes, cracked pepper, leather, and in time some hints of smoked meat mixed with complex red and purple floral accents. Full on the palate with very ripe lush black fruit and baking spice on the entry followed with dried savory herbs, cracked black pepper and smoky elements going into the midpalate. The finish is very long and complex with a mix of returning ripe fruit, chocolate and chewy tannins as it slowly unfolds. The 2014 SAVANT is a bold, complex wine that combines the intensity of a Paso syrah with the complexity that cabernet sauvignon brings to the table. Speaking of the table, this wine is great with the usual grilled meat like trip-tip or lamb with herbs and garlic, or try matching it with the rich flavors and layered spices found in Moroccan and Middle Eastern stews like a lamb tagine, or roasted cauliflower with chickpeas or lentils and a ras el hanout spice blend.
Diplomatico "Reserva Exclusiva" Venezuelan 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.