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
pork tenderloin | black garlic whipped potatoes | soy glazed shiitake | edamame
2017 tres picos garnacha (5 oz. pour)
coriander + lemongrass crab cake | thai style papaya salad | sour chile peanut sauce
2015 treana blanc (5 oz. pour)
fall salad | salt roasted beets | citrus | goat cheese | ver jus rouge | candied walnuts
2018 mauritson sauvignon blanc (5 oz. pour)
roasted local swordfish | meyer lemon | crispy capers | crushed fingerling potatoes | brown butter bread crumbs
2018 rombauer "carneros" chardonnay (5 oz. pour)
farro + black rice risotto | roasted pumpkin | crispy kale | warm pomegranate vinn
2017 croix "narrow gauge" pinot noir (5 oz. pour)
red wine braised pork osso buco | brown butter spätzel | roasted root vegetables
2016 rockpile "rockpile ridge" zinfandel (5 oz. pour)
dark chocolate pot de creme | salted caramel nut brittle
nv yalumba antique tawny (2 oz. pour)
fromager d'affinois (cow's milk) | white wine + dried fruit compote | artisan flat bread
2014 margerum "late harvest" sauvignon blanc (3 oz. pour)
lemon scented olive oil cake | citrus compote | sweet whip | toasted pistachios
2018 michele chiarlo "nivole" moscato d'asti (3 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
2017 Tres Picos Garnacha ~ $17
(Spain) Winemaker's Notes: Very intense cherry red colour with tones of purple. Presents in the nose a great concentration of aromas of ripe red fruit with floral nuances. In the mouth, it is a well structured rich wine that evokes tastes of blackberry, plum and tones of leather and vanilla, with a soft and silky tannin.
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.
2018 Mauritson Sauvignon Blanc ~ $15
(Dry Creek Valley) Winemaker's Notes: This wine is both classic in its freshness and nuanced in its aromas and flavors. Aromas of candied grapefruit, magnolia leaf, crushed river gravel, and hints of wild chamomile dance from the glass. The entry is bright and inviting. On the palate, complex flavors of candied lime, evening honeysuckle, and orange honeydew flesh give way to an energetic finish that is focused and fresh. Enjoy this wine with light appetizers, salads, seafood dishes or on its own on a warm summer evening.
2018 Rombauer " Carneros " Chardonnay ~ $36
(Napa) Winemaker's Notes: Pale yellow with a green tinge to the hue. Aromas of yellow peach, mango with a slight citrus note intertwine seamlessly with vanilla spice. The palate is rich and round, with the mango and vanilla fight for the lime light, while the creamy texture, vanilla and slight butter combine seamlessly. The balanced acidity closes out the finish bringing the multiple components into balance.
2017 Croix "Narrow Gauge" Pinot Noir ~ $44
2016 Notes: (Russian River Valley) Winemaker's Notes: A fuller, broader and savory style of Pinot Noir, the nose opens with aromatic concentrations of sweet tobacco, rose water, black cherries and allspice. The palate is exotic, expansive, yet focused with tongue curling acidity and a savory glide that finishes with substantial length on the palate. The body is surprisingly full without overwhelming the tasting experience. This is pure enjoyment. Bravo! Anticipated maturity: 2019 to 2025.
2016 Rockpile "Rockpile Ridge" Zinfandel ~ $42
(Rockpile) Winemaker's Notes: 95% Zinfandel 5% Petite Sirah. Focused and beautiful aromas of dried fig compote, crushed walnut, and boysenberry reduction overlay coffee grounds. The wine shows real elegance on the palate, including purity of fruit, a silky textured mid-palate and soft refined tannins. There is a savory element in our 2016 Rockpile Ridge Zinfandel that complements the signature minerality that runs through all of our Rockpile Zinfandels. In its infancy, our 2016 Rockpile Ridge Zinfandel would benefit from at least 1-2 years of bottle age. Enjoy this wine over the next 10-12 years.
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.
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.
2018 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.