Wine Vault & Bistro is pleased to announce our second ever Ridge Winery Dinner. Winemaker Eric Baugher will be here to personally host this epic dinner from this iconic winery. Eric joined Ridge as a chemist in 1994 where he was instrumental in developing sophisticated analytical tests that supported Ridge’s traditional winemaking practices. He was promoted to winemaker in 2004 and eventually to Chief Operating Officer last year. With over two decades of hands on experience at Ridge, Eric promises to deliver lots of cool insider info that you won't find elsewhere.
Founded in 1962, Ridge produces mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. (Their 1971 Monte Bello Cab was featured in the Judgment of Paris in 1976 where California Cabs beat out French Bordeauxs in that now legendary blind tasting. When that same tasting was re-enacted thirty years later with the exact same wines and exact same vintages, Ridge came in first place, definitively proving to the French that that California was a force to be reckoned with!)
But for this dinner we're concentrating on their Zinfandels and Zin blends. And since Zinfandel is spectacular with BBQ'd and grilled meats, we put together a vegetarian's nightmare of a menu that includes braised pork, grilled steak, and roasted duck. Oh, and we're serving a Chocoflan with Mexican Coffee for dessert. While we understand that this menu might not be for everyone, we think it will be amazing with these wines. Hope to see you here!
Wine notes and bottle prices are at the end of this announcement if you're interested. Here's the line-up:
NOTE: Due to the complexity of this menu we regret that we are unable to accommodate vegetarian requests.
Billi Bi en Croute: Shrimp, Scallops + White Fish in Shellfish Cream topped with Puff Pastry
2018 Ridge Grenache Blanc (5 oz. pour)
Crispy Braised Pork Shank | Italian Sausage + Wild Mushroom Stuffing
2016 Ridge "Pagani Ranch" Zinfandel (5 oz. pour)
Grilled Hanger Steak | Stewed Shelling Beans | Rosemary + Toasted Garlic Tallow
2017 Ridge "Lytton Springs" Red Blend (3 oz. pour)
Pan Roasted Duck Breast | “Lardons” | Crispy Persian Rice | Brown Butter Chestnuts
2017 Ridge "Geyserville" Red Blend (3 oz. pour)
Chocoflan | Cajeta | Candied Pecans
WV&B's Legendary Mexican Coffee (5 oz. mug)
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RSVP ~ (619) 295-3939
Please make your reservations directly with Wine Vault & Bistro at 619-295-3939. We're very good about returning calls promptly, so please leave a message with the best time to return your call if you get the dreaded voice mail.
Cost for the complete dinner including all five courses and all four wines is $75.00 per person. Sales tax and an 18% gratuity will be added to the cost of all dinners. Due to limited seating, CREDIT CARD RESERVATIONS ARE AN ABSOLUTE MUST. We accept Visa and MasterCard only.
SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS
Due to the complexity of this menu we regret that we will be unable to accommodate vegetarian requests. If you have any other special dietary needs, please let us know when you RSVP, not when you arrive. We will do our best to accommodate special dietary needs if we can and if given enough advance notice. Please be aware that last minute menu aberration requests without advance notice will be impossible for us to accommodate.
You may cancel your reservation up to 72 hours in advance without penalty. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED WITH LESS THAN 72-HOUR NOTICE unless we are able to replace your cancellation at the last minute. (See below for groups over 4 people.)
LARGE GROUPS (OVER 4)
If you want to come with a group of friends, please make one reservation for your entire party so we can reserve a block of seats for you ... however, in the interest of fairness to others, we reserve the right to limit the number of people on a single reservation at our discretion. The cancellation period for canceling the ENTIRE reservation without penalty is doubled from the standard 72 hours (see above) to 144 hours (6 days). If you need to cancel only 1 or 2 people, the standard 72-hour notice still applies.
The dinners begin promptly at 5:00 on Sunday and 6:30 on Monday, but we HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend that you arrive earlier to better your chances of getting a closer parking space. The bar opens at 4:15 on Sunday and 5:45 on Monday if you'd like to mingle with the winemaker and enjoy an adult beverage before dinner.
Wine Vault & Bistro is located in the heart of San Diego between Little Italy and Old Town at 3731-A India Street on the upper terrace. Follow the black handrail from the sidewalk up the stairs to our front door.
Valet parking is available on Sunday only 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. 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 (or all day on Sunday) and that meters are also not enforced after 6:00 (or all day on Sunday). 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!
We'll be pouring 3-5 ounce tasting portions of wine (see the line-up above) totaling 16 ounces plus a 5-ounce Mexican coffee, or the equivalent of about three-quarters of a bottle of wine per person. Pour buckets are provided for designated drivers.
Although some wines may be in limited quantities, all wines poured at this dinner will be available for purchase at the restaurant until sold out. We reserve the right to limit sales of any rare or allocated wines at our discretion.
WINE NOTES & BOTTLE PRICES
2018 Ridge Grenache Blanc ~ $26
(Paso Robles) Winemaker's Notes: 75% Grenache Blanc, 15% Picpoul + 10% Roussanne. Pale gold color. Aromas of citrus and green plum, white flowers, complex minerals, and exotic oak spices. Lemon, pear, and tart pineapple fruits on entry, refreshing acidity, and a medium body; Long, citrus zest aftertaste.
2016 Ridge "Pagani Ranch" Zinfandel ~ $38
(Sonoma Valley) Winemaker's Notes: 88% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah + 3% Alicante Bouschet. Black cherry, pepper and chaparral on the nose. Briary red fruit, well defined, chalky tannins and refreshing acidity on the palate. Long sensuous finish. 93 Points, Jeb Dunnuck.
2017 Ridge "Lytton Springs" Red Blend ~ $42
(Dry Creek Valley) Winemaker's Notes: 74% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 9% Carignane + 2% Mataro. Nose of plum, blackberry and licorice. Plentiful raspberry fruit on entry with notes of pepper sage, well coated tannins and long layered finish.
2017 Ridge "Geyserville" Red Blend ~ $42
(Alexander Valley) Winemaker's Notes: 68% Zinfandel, 18% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah + 2% Alicante Bouschet. Dark ruby color. Aromas of ripe black cherries and plum, sweet oak, mint, and gravel earth. Rich bramble fruit entry, round and supple tannins, refreshing acidity, and layered complex fruits in a long finish. 95 Points, Wine Advocate.
WV&B's Legendary Mexican Coffee
A delicious mug of coffee (decaf) combining the strong flavors of coffee, Tequila, and Kalhua. Topped off with fresh whipped cream.
THE FINE PRINT
Due to fluctuations of supply, we reserve the right to make substitutions of equal or greater value in case any of the wines or foods become unavailable. Please, ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 21 ... even if your babysitter flakes out on you at the last minute!
Hope to see you here. Buon appetito and cheers!