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
Scallop Crudo | Charred Avocado Dust | Radish + Cucumber Salad | Lime Chile Oil
2015 Treana Blanc (3 oz. pour)
Lentil + Quinoa Taco | Foraged Verdolagas | Salsa Chapulines
2016 Bokisch Graciano (3 oz. pour)
Herb Smudged Quail | Cumin Carrot Mousseline | Charro Beans
2015 Melville "Estate" Pinot Noir (3 oz. pour)
Lamb Belly Chicharrón | Smokey Ancho Broth | Roasted Summer Squash
2015 Justin "Isosceles" Bordeaux Blend (3 oz. pour)
Tres Leches | Toasted Brioche | Strawberries + Tequila Reduction
Yucatan Tropical Fruit Margarita (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
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.
2016 Bokisch Graciano ~ $20
(Lodi) Winemaker's Notes: First vintage featuring Terra Alta Vineyard Graciano with a vineyard designation! The violet-blue hue is the first signal that something special awaits in the glass. The aromas hit the nose in full force with forest fruit, blackberry pie, blueberry syrup and black licorice. Flavors of dark Bing cherry, vanilla bean, blueberry and sundried apricots linger in the mouth. Juicy sweet with a velvet finish, this wine will continue to age beautifully which is why it is often used in the blends of the Rioja region of Spain. Pair with roasted leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary.
2015 Melville "Estate" Pinot Noir ~ $28
(Sta. Rita Hills) Winemaker's Notes: Light garnet in color. Vivid aromatics of rhubarb, tangerine zest, fresh cranberry and juniper are immediately apparent while intriguing notes of eucalyptus, chanterelle mushroom, plum skin and green tea linger in the background. Focused and precise, with velvety tannins that frame its plush core as well as the lengthy and cohesive finish. 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast.
2015 Justin "Isosceles" Bordeaux Blend ~ $72
(Paso Robles) 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc + 11% Merlot. Winemaker's Notes: Dark ruby purple core with a black hue, lighter at the rim and more ruby in color. Moderate plus viscosity with moderate tearing and light staining on the glass. Very aromatic, complex and layered with vibrant red cherry, ripe black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, vanilla and cinnamon spice, with camphor and licorice, savory cigar box notes and an attractive, youthful toasted oak underpinning. Dry and full bodied, layered with red and black cherry, cassis and complex baking spice on the entry. Sweet tobacco and classic savory pencil-like notes of cedar and graphite with a little cocoa emerge on the crisp mid-palate with firm chewy tannins lasting into a long, complex finish that shows a parade of fruit and spice balanced with constantly evolving textures and savory notes.
Yucatan Tropical Fruit Margarita
A refreshing blend of guava, mango, coconut and, of course Tequila. Served on the rocks.