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
lamb meatballs | spiced tomato sauce | mint oil | feta
2014 justin "savant" red blend (5 oz. pour)
watermelon + heirloom tomato salad | fresh ricotta | dandelion green | balsamic reduction
2017 croix "ruxton sands" rosé of pinot noir (5 oz. pour)
tunisian spiced bay scallops | turmeric couscous | roasted summer vegetable
2015 treana blanc (5 oz. pour)
roasted sea bass | mediterranean artichoke | toasted couscous | carrot + dill pesto
2017 paul hobbs "crossbarn" chardonnay (5 oz. pour)
crispy braised duck leg | rösti potato | dried herb olive tapenade
2016 austin hope "quest" proprietary red wine (5 oz. pour)
crispy baked quinoa + black bean cake | mediterranean spring vegetables | beet hummus | feta crumble
2015 melville "estate" pinot noir (5 oz. pour)
vanilla panna cotta | summer berries | burnt honey
cuarenta y tres "licor 43" spanish vanilla liqueur (1.5 oz. pour)
point reyes blue cheese | caramelized onion + port wine compote | toasted brioche
2014 margerum "late harvest" sauvignon blanc (3 oz. pour)
dark chocolate gelato | salted marcona almond | brûlée raspberry
chateau monet liqueur framboise (1.5 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 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.
2017 Croix "Ruxton Sands" Rosé of Pinot Noir ~ $22
(Napa Valley) Review by Jen Dunnuck: A beautifully provencal effort, the 2017 ruxton sands rose offers a distinct minerality to go with citrus and orange arind aromatics, medium-bodied richness, and racy, boderline tart acidity. 88 pts.
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.
2017 Paul Hobbs "Crossbarn" Chardonnay ~ $23
(Sonoma Coast) Winemaker's Notes: Glistening straw yellow with a faint green hue and fragrant aromas of white flower, Asian pear, and wet stone underpin the wine’s expression of its true Sonoma Coast roots. Alluring stone fruit flavors carry the palate along with hints of citrus and honeysuckle that evolve into a creamy mid-palate before ending in a long, clean finish with crisp acidity.
2016 Austin Hope "Quest" Proprietary Red Wine ~ $24
(Paso Robles) Winemaker's Notes: This wine is dark ruby/purple with a claret meniscus. It bears aromas of vanilla, caramel, cassis, and red fruit. The palate has rich clean berry flavors with firm tannins, and finishes with a long toasty, French vanilla. This wine displays the lushness of Cabernet, the foundation of our blend. But just like Paso is made richer by the diversity of its land, so this wine is made equally distinct by its mix of grapes – a combination that is concentrated, soft, supple and expressive.
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.
Cuarenta y Tres "Licor 43" Spanish Vanilla Liqueur
(Spain) Warm, complex nose of upfront vanilla followed by tangy sweet fruit, spices and dark rum. The palate is similar to the aroma with complex intermingling flavors of vanilla, spices, orange and cinnamon. Ends with a flavor similar to fine aged rum only sweeter. 62 proof.
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.
Chateau Monet Liqueur Framboise ~ $24
(USA) An exquisite liqueur made from black raspberries and carefully blended with a still-secret combination of flavors. Delicious by itself or paired with chocolate (or chocolate and berry) desserts ... or add an ounce to a flute of Champagne to make a delicious Kir Royale ... or pour over vanilla ice cream for a quick dessert ... or use in place of syrup to create an "adult" waffle ... or pour over ice and add soda water to make a refreshing berry spritzer. 16.5% alcohol.