Undecided about what to pour this Thanksgiving? Then come on down anytime from 5:00 on on Friday, November 22 or from 4:30 on Saturday, November 23 or Sunday, November 24 for a tasting of some of our favorite "under the radar" wines to pair with your Thanksgiving feast. We're serving generous 3 to 4 ounce tasting pours of five different wines paired with a 10-course tasting menu.
We know that no one wants to eat roast turkey a couple of days before Thanksgiving, so we designed a unique menu that replicates the flavors of Thanksgiving without actually serving traditional Thanksgiving fare. It should give you a great idea of which wines you'll like best to pair with your own feast as all of the bottles served will be available for purchase to take home.
Cost is a mere sixty-seven-fifty for everything including all five wines and the entire 10-course "Flavors of Thanksgiving" tasting menu. Hope you can join us! Here's the line-up. 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 menu modification requests whatsoever.
FLAVORS OF THANKSGIVING MENU
1. Roasted Cauliflower Bisque | Parmesan Dusted Smoked Mushrooms | Herb Oil
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2. Wild Arugula + Watercress Salad | Local Apples | Saba Vinaigrette | Speck
2017 Croix "Ruxton Sands" Rosé of Pinot Noir (3 oz. pour)
3. Pork Shoulder Confit | Farro Risotto | Caramelized Pears | Red Wine Gastrique
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4. Slow Roasted Pork Belly | Black Truffle Fennel Moussline | Madeira Pan Jus
2015 Treana Blanc (3 oz. pour)
5. Ghee Basted Turkey Breast | Roasted Sweet Potato | Panchetta Oil
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6. Turkey Thigh Sausage | Melted Leeks | Porcini Cream Sauce | Toasted Brioche
2016 J Vineyards Pinot Noir (3 oz. pour)
7. Black Pepper Hanger Steak | Sage + Parsnip Hash | Thyme Brown Butter
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8. Spiced Rubbed Brisket | Young Broccoli | Potato Fondant | Black Olive Aioli
2013 Stolpman "Originals" Syrah (3 oz. pour)
9. Housemade Ricotta Cheese Cake | Dried Fruit Compote | Almond Biscotti Crumble
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10. White Chocolate + Pumpkin Pot de Crème | Winter Spiced Fritter | Bourbon Whip
2014 Margerum "Late Harvest" Sauvignon Blanc (3 oz. pour)
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 ten courses and all five wines is $67.50 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 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.
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.
Valet parking is available for $8.00 on Saturday and Sunday. 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 and that meters are also not enforced 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
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.
2016 J Vineyards Pinot Noir ~ $17
(California) Winemaker's Notes: Aromatic notes of exotic spice, cherry preserves and black tea. The palate is plush, jammy and ripe with flavors of spicy black pepper, cola and plum. Enjoy this wine with roasted leg of lamb with a balsamic-fig reduction or cranberry-glazed roast turkey breast with creamy mushroom risotto.
2013 Stolpman "Originals" Syrah ~ $24
(Ballard Canyon) Winemaker's Notes: The dark core dives into lushness but is brought back with a chalky savory finish. These old vines tell the story of a life spent rooting deep into solid Limestone through up-front, aggressive minerality. Perhaps the most savory Syrah we have ever made, this wine should be consumed over a long evening, allowing time to discover new complexities with every sip. A meditative process hopefully yielding revelation.
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.
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!