Local Event Premier Host
Cost: $89.50 + tax and gratuity
Please join us (21 and up only, please) on Saturday, October 7th at 6:00 for the Chef’s 5-Course Tasting Menu with paired wines. Doors open at 5:15 for happy hour and dinner starts promptly at 6:00. Cost is a mere eighty-nine fifty for all five courses and all five paired wines. Sales tax and a 20% gratuity will be added which will bring the total to just under $115. Due to limited seating, CREDIT CARD RESERVATIONS ARE AN ABSOLUTE MUST. We accept Visa and MasterCard only.
Due to the complexity of this menu we regret that we are unable to accommodate vegetarian requests or extensive menu modifications.
CHEF'S 5-COURSE TASTING MENU
Grilled White Shrimp Skewer | Macerated Strawberry Relish | Pickled Peppers | Jamaica
2020 Austin Hope "Treana" Blanc (5 oz. pour)
Roasted Pork Belly Taco | Charred Poblano Crema | Avocado Mousseline
2018 Avancia “Cuveé de O” Mencia (5 oz. pour)
Grilled Squash Enchilada | Black Bean Puree | Roasted Ancho Salsa
2018 Brega Garnacha (3 oz. pour)
Pan Roasted Hanger Steak | Confit Potato | Charred Leek | Sauce Pippin Negra
2020 Cass Cabernet Sauvignon (3 oz. pour)
Blue Corn Waffle | Torres Magdala Macerated Summer Barries | Cinnamon Whipped Cream
Magdala Spanish Orange Brandy (1 oz. pour)
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Please RSVP by clicking on the “Contact The Host” button in the box on the right and responding with the following information.
1. your cell number and best time to call so we can call you to update your credit card info if we don’t already have it on file, and
2. how many people are in your party (6 guest maximum please)
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
On-street parking is usually available within a 3-block radius. Remember that meters are 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
2020 Austin Hope "Treana" Blanc ~ $22
(Central Coast) Winemaker's Notes: Viognier, Marsanne + Roussanne. A luscious, full-bodied Rhone blend with aromas of white peach and apricot. The aromas explode onto the palate and intertwines beautifully with lemon zest and fresh orange blossom flavors. The rich and oily mouth feel weights the wine through the long creamy finish. A bright splash of acid balances this well-rounded white wine.
2018 Avancia “Cuveé de O” Mencia ~ $17
(Spain) Winemaker's Notes: This wine pays homage to the medieval monastery that anchors the steep mountainside vineyards high above the village of Barco de Valdeorras. The complex fruitiness of the Mencia grape combines with the distinct flinty minerality derived from the slate soils to create a unique wine. Flavors of dark plums and blackberries are accentuated by an exotic spiciness. The luxurious palate is balanced by long tannins on the elegant finish. ~~~ Review by James Suckling ~ 92 points: Vibrant aromas of raspberries, blackberries, thyme, oregano and orange zest. Licorice and cloves, too. Medium-bodied with soft tannins and bright acidity. So fresh, juicy and alive. A joy to drink now.
2018 Brega Garnacha ~ $41
(Spain) Calatayud is Spain's highest altitude zone for the cultivation of Garnacha, and produces wines that are incredibly intense yet balanced with bright acidity due to the high altitudes. The slate soils impart a phenomenal minerality to Brega. Primary source records dating back to the 7th Century demonstrate the cultivation of Garnacha in the medieval Kingdom of Aragón, which propagated this grape across the Mediterranean, including the South of France and Italy. One of the most unique Garnachas in Spain due to its balance between concentration and acidity. ~~~ Review by Jeb Dunnuck ~ 92 points: A step up, the 2018 Brega is pure and elegant, with impressive black raspberry, violet, candied cherry and sandalwood-like aromas and flavors. It's another medium-bodied, elegant, balanced Garnacha that has ripe tannins and a character-filled, satisfying style to drink over the coming 4-6 years.
2020 Cass Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $42
(Paso Robles) Fruit-forward nose of lingonberry jam, black cherry, cassis and cranberry. Earthier flavors of cedar sawdust, eucalyptus, stewed beets and violet develop after the wine opens after 30-60 minutes. Smooth palate with flavors of cherry, chocolate and Kona coffee.
Magdala Spanish Orange Brandy ~ $35
A Mediterranean orange liqueur made by steeping lots of orange peels in grape brandy carefully distilled in small batches at the Torres distillery in Barcelona. Ageing in old oak casks produces an aromatic elixir, silky in texture and exceptionally elegant.
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!