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
Stone Fruit Salad | Butter Lettuce | Toasted Almonds | Champagne + Honey Emulsion
NV Mas Fi Brut Cava (3 oz. pour)
Crispy Potato Pave | Housemade Crème Fraîche | Cured Salmon | Mustard Chive Sauce
2017 Croix "Ruxton Sands" Rosé of Pinot Noir (3 oz. pour)
Baked Cornmeal Cake | Charred Poblano Peppers | Fire Roasted Corn | Sungold Tomatoes
2016 Bokisch Graciano (3 oz. pour)
Grilled Hanger Steak | Summer Squash | Olive Tapenade w/ Opal Basil
2016 Vina Cobos "Cocodrilo" Bordeaux Blend (3 oz. pour)
Dark Chocolate Gelato | Raspberries | Almond Brittle
NV Yalumba Antique Tawny (2 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
NV Mas Fi Brut Cava ~ $10
(Spain) Winemaker's notes: 40% Xarel-lo, 35% Macabeo + 25% Parellada. An elegant and balanced sparkling wine. Undergoing second fermentation in the bottle, it is aged for 10 months providing its fine bubbles and complex and structured palate. There are notes of white flowers and citrus on the nose, with fresh stone fruits and pleasant creamy flavors in the mouth.
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.
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.
2016 Viña Cobos "Cocodrilo" Red Blend ~ $26
(Argentina) Winemaker's Notes: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 9% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot + 2% Cabernet Franc. Deep red with violet tones. The nose displays aromas of blueberry, blackberry, chocolate and spice. Highly concentrated flavors and sweet, soft tannins give substantial body and structure to the palate.
NV Yalumba Antique Tawny (375ml) ~ $19
(Australia) Winemaker's Notes: This outstanding old dessert wine is deep tawny in color, with an aroma featuring dried fruits, caramel and spices with elegant brandy spirit and hints of wood aged rancio. The palate is richly flavored featuring chocolate and caramel with fine spirit characters and persistent aftertaste of dried fruits and nutty nuances. The texture is sweet and smooth with roundness from the wood maturation and brandy spirit filling out the middle palate and providing the firm, drying finish.