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A San Diego wine bar where friends gather, relax and celebrate

4095 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA, 92116
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John’s Wine Corner

Italian Food and Wine Almost An American Tradition

John Crisafulli, Village Vino Kensington
Metro View: Community Home Journal, Kensington/Talmadge Edition, September/October 2017

Over the years we have had guests at Village Vino and at our events and tastings express their lackitalian wine glasses of knowledge or experience with Italian wines, so their solution is to avoid them when they are on a wine list. Someof this apprehension is based on a bad Italian wine selection or fear of the unknown. This all stops today as we share the basics of Italian wines and demonstrate how they have become part of the fabric of the American food and wine scene. With the numbers of Italian restaurants and pizza joints dotting our American landscape, there are surely Italian wines to enjoy at the same tables.

Wines to Pair with the New Hot Food Trend: Korean

John Crisafulli, Village Vino Kensington
Metro View: Community Home Journal, Kensington/Talmadge Edition, July/August 2017Image result for korean food bibimbap

Typically when serving a meal we keep the menu separated by courses or on our plates, making it easy to segregate flavors and pair a wine with the main entrée being served. With Korean foods, one of the latest food trends to sweep the country, wine pairing needs a different approach as the meals are served family style often with a multitude of ingredients and flavors being served and consumed simultaneously. To further confuse the palate, the presence of fermented flavors and frequent use of chilies makes it even more challenging to pair with wine.

A Peak Into Paso Robles Wine County

John Crisafulli, Village Vino Kensington
Metro View: Community Home Journal, Kensington/Talmadge Edition, March/April 2017wine glass tasting

Paso Robles Wine Country is tucked away along California’s Central Coast, situated along U.S. Highway 101, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. California’s Central Coast is geologically different from other California wine growing regions. Unlike others with deep, rich fertile valley soils, over 30 soil series are found in the Paso Robles AVA. The appellation comprises 612,000 acres of which more than 40,000 acres are in wine grape vines. It is the fastest growing and largest by far of three AVAs in San Luis Obispo County, and the main reason that the county ranks behind only Napa, Sonoma, and Monterey counties in planted acreage among the state’s coastal growing areas.

Champagne and Sparkling Season

John Crisafulli, Village Vino Kensingtonchampagne-france
Metro View: Community Home Journal, Kensington/Talmadge Edition, January/February 2017

With the elections here in the U.S. now over, and regardless of your preferred outcome, there is no better time to pour yourself a glass of what some refer to sparkling Nectar and celebrate your candidates win, mourn their loss, or forget it all and celebrate the season. Champagne and sparkling wines are the perfect complement to every celebration. With so many options to choose from the choice of which to purchase and enjoy can seem daunting.

It’s the Fall Season…Did Someone Say Pinot?

John Crisafulli, Village Vino Kensington
Metro View: Community Home Journal, Kensington/Talmadge Edition, November/December 2016
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Pinot Noir is one of the oldest Grape Varietals on earth dating back more than 1000 years to the era of the Roman Empire. Another interesting fact about Pinot Noir is that while France and the US dominate the production of these popular wines, surprisingly Germany is the third largest producer of Pinot Noir wines. In Germany this varietal is referred to as Spätburgunder. When you taste a good Pinot Noir wine, you will get lots of fruit, silky tannins, and a firm flavor, but never obtrusive. Don’t let this red wine with often a lighter shade of red fool you, some of the most cellar worthy and sought after red wines in the world are of the Pinot Noir varietal.

Summer Time in the City…Enjoy San Diego’s Food, Wine, and Music Scene

John Crisafulli, Village Vino Kensington
Metro View: Community Home Journal, Kensington/Talmadge Edition, May/Jun 2016
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With the warm summer months upon us, graduation season coming to an end, and San Diego’s spectacular weather making another fantastic debut, it’s time to lighten up your wine selections and enjoy San Diego’s vibrant food and music scene. San Diego has a packed calendar this summer with live concerts almost every weekend and starting July 1, the San Diego Symphony kicks off its Bayside Summer Nights Concert season at Embarcadero Marina Park, just behind the convention center along the San Diego Bay. The Bayside Summer Nights Concert Series is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a variety of music, alfresco, dine on wonderful cuisine or enjoy your customized picnic dinner you create yourself, and the best part… sip your way through a bottle or two of our summer time wine favorites.

While Sonoma County, CA tends to take a back seat to its next door neighbor, Napa Valley, it is home to incredicble history and over 500 wineries scattered throughout 18 AVAs (American Viticultural Areas).

Click “Read more” below to view John’s full article from Metro View: Community Home Journal, Kensington/Talmadge Edition, Mar/Apr 2016.

We are holding our Sonoma Tasting on April 23 at 2pm. Find more information on our events page by clicking here.

As the leaves begin to change and fall from the trees, home cooked meals and family dinners become the staple, and we encourage transitioning to bolder and more adventurous varietals of red wines that pair best with seasonal cuisine.

Click “Read more” below to view John’s full article from Metro View: Community Home Journal, Kensington/Talmadge Edition, Nov/Dec 2015