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
lyonnaise salad: frisée | 64˚ egg | heirloom tomatoes | lardons | brioche croutons
2018 hartford court rosé of pinot noir (5 oz. pour)
caramelized fennel + black pepper pork sausage | parmesan polenta | red wine stewed summer peppers**
2016 margerum "m5" red blend (5 oz. pour)
japanese yellowtail | yuzu shoyu emulsion | puffed rice | crispy ginger togorashi
2016 shaya verdejo (5 oz. pour)
smoked baby back pork ribs | spicy soy + honey glaze | crispy ginger + peanut crumble | thai fried rice***
2017 turley "buck cobb" zinfandel (5 oz. pour)
summer squash "lasagna" | fontina | rapini | sun dried tomato oil
2016 grattamacco "bolgheri" rosso (5 oz. pour)
pan roasted wild salmon | marble potato + bacon hash | caramelized fennel | asparagus velouté
2015 melville "estate" pinot noir (5 oz. pour)
baked saint andré | roasted figs | golden raisin compote | sherry wine gastrique
2014 margerum "late harvest" sauvignon blanc (3 oz. pour)
carrot cake | whipped brown sugar cream cheese | roasted pineapple | rum raisin ice cream
cuarenta y tres "licor 43" spanish vanilla liqueur (1.5 oz. pour)
dark chocolate pot de crème | whipped vanilla creme | cognac macerated cherries***
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
2018 Hartford Court Rosé of Pinot Noir ~ $23
(Russian River Valley) Winemaker's Notes: This wine has aromas reminiscent of grapefruit, Mandarin orange, white peach along with delicate kiwi and floral hints. The fruit flavors lean towards ruby grapefruit and cranberry with a subtle mineral and refreshing acid component that brings complexity and a food friendly character to the wine. Enjoy our Rosé at cellar temperature (54˚ F) for maximum complexity or chilled on a hot summer day as an aperitif.
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.
2016 Shaya Verdejo ~ $15
(Spain) Winemaker's Notes: It displays a nose of toasty baking spices, nutmeg, spring flowers, marzipan, and pit fruits. A bit richer and more complex on the palate than the “regular” cuvee, this vibrant effort could evolve for 1-2 years but is drinking well now. Pair with seafood such as stuffed mussels, oysters, shrimps, and scallops, fish, vegetables, rices and pasta.
2017 Turley "Buck Cobb" Zinfandel ~ $46
(Amador County) Review by Wine Advocate: 93 points. This wine has a medium to deep ruby-purple color and a pretty perfume of dried exotic flowers over sliced apricot, warm redcurrant, black berry and black cherry, with dried leaves and soil hints. Medium-bodied, it has a good spicy, tricolored fruit core and grainy tannins, finishing long.
2016 Grattamacco "Bolgheri" Rosso ~ $29
(Italy) This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Sangiovese opens with aromas of black currant, Mediterranean scrub and cedar. The juicy palate offers dried black cherry, mocha and black pepper alongside fine-grained tannins.
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.
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.
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.
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.