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
Beet Tartar | Kombu Caramel | Crispy Papadum | Thai Chile Oil
2018 Bokisch Rosado (3 oz. pour)
Black Pepper + Cardamom Seared Ahi | Eggplant Caviar | Watercress | Shiitake Demi
2015 Melville "Estate" Pinot Noir (3 oz. pour)
Marinated Pork Tenderloin | XO Sauce | Fermented Cabbage | Toasted Garlic
2016 Margerum "M5" Red Blend (3 oz. pour)
NY Steak | Oyster Mushrooms | Smoked Tallow Aïoli | Charred Asparagus | Soy Glaze
2017 Paul Hobbs "Felino" Malbec (3 oz. pour)
Coconut Sorbet | Chocolate Ganache | Salted Peanut Bark | Sponge Cake
2017 Michele Chiarlo "Nivole" Moscato d'Asti (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
2018 Bokisch Rosado ~ $15
(Lodi) Winemaker's Notes: This is the second vintage of the Garnacha and Tempranillo Rosado and this wine is a fan favorite. A complex and beautifully balanced Rose, this wine sparkles with colors of salmon, rose gold, and pale ruby. A bouquet of rose petal, nectarine, and strawberry cream lead into secondary of aromas of misted concrete and earth. The Rosado has intense tropical flavors of kiwi, nectarine and under-ripe strawberry. This wine has a long, zippy, and weighty finish that leaves you wanting more.
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.
2016 Margerum "M5" Red Blend ~ $23
(Santa Barbara County) Winemaker's Notes: 44% Grenache, 36% Syrah, 12% Mourvèdre, 5% Counoise + 3% Cinsaut. Opaque with dense crimson and ruby red hues. Aromas of red fruits, dried cranberries and jammy youthful fruits come immediately to the fore, with perfumed Grenache and rose petal floral aromas. A solid core of dark red fruit and spicy fruit surrounded by youthful tannins. The overlying presence of Grenache flavors initially impacts the palate, followed by a finish complete with hints of jam, cocoa and dark berry contributions of Syrah and earthy Mourvèdre. 93 Points, Vinous.
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.
2017 Michele Chiarlo "Nivole" Moscato d'Asti ~ $23
(Italy) Winemaker's Notes: This sweet, fragrant, lightly sparkling wine has vivid aromas and flavors of peach, apricot, grapefruit and sage on a light body with a delicate finish typical of Moscato d’Asti. An excellent companion to fresh pastries and fruit such as strawberries and peaches.