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
Watercress Vichyssoise | Housemade Crème Fraîche | Cured Salmon
2017 Bodegas Henri Lurton "Le Sauvignon" Sauvignon Blanc (3 oz. pour)
Crab | Squid Ink Pasta | English Peas | Uni Butter
2017 Croix "Narrow Gauge" Chardonnay (3 oz. pour)
Crispy Fried Quail | Sweet Garlic Chile | Garlic Sautéed Swiss Chard
2016 Stolpman "La Cuadrilla" Red Blend (3 oz. pour)
Balsamic Marinated Hanger Steak | Confit Butterball Potatoes | Shaved Parmesan | Wild Arugula | Tallow Vinaigrette
2017 Paul Hobbs "Felino" Malbec (3 oz. pour)
Almond Croissant Bread Pudding | Sour Cherry Ice Cream
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
2017 Bodegas Henri Lurton "Le Sauvignon" Sauvignon Blanc ~ $23
(Valle de Guadalupe) Winemaker's Notes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Pale straw color, bright and clear robe. Discreet and elegant nose, notes of grapefruit and jasmine with a hint of minerality and cassis buds, with an extra layer of aromatic richness. Exquisite freshness and balance with a clean and long aromatic end. Crisp and pure wine.
2017 Croix "Narrow Gauge" Chardonnay ~ $33
2016 NOTES: (Russian River Valley) Winemaker's Notes: A fuller, yet bright and refreshing style of Chardonnay, this wine has a golden straw presence in the glass with a bouquet of raw honey, marmalade, fresh citrus zest, toasted pine nuts, rocky flints, all spice, toasted oak and lusciousness on the nose that is ever so inviting. Island ripe pineapple, apple, stone fruit, and crisp pear leave the mouth watering in a cascade of pleasure. The balance of crisp, fresh and savory draws you in for another taste. Anticipated maturity window: 2018 to 2021.
2016 Stolpman "La Cuadrilla" Red Blend ~ $18
(Ballard Canyon) Winemaker's Notes: 72% Syrah, 16% Sangiovese + 12% Grenache. Pops with a blast of fresh red plum, boysenberry, and blueberry fruit. Enjoyable out of the gate, the full-bodied wine’s power is totally in check – with tannin and acidity already integrated into the pure juiciness that lasts way through the finish. This wine is going to make a lot of folks very happy with the crew! Wine Advocate, 92 points. Noted "top value in Santa Barbara County."
2017 Paul Hobbs "Felino" Malbec ~ $18
(Argentina) Winemaker's Notes: Violet red with black tones. An attractive nose with aromas of fresh black fruits and prunes. The palate displays good concentration and balance, with sweet yet supple tannins.
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.