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Village Vino News

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

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.

Mt. Helix Resident to Cater Rio Olympic Summer Games

by BJ Coleman – Published at The East County Californian – April 13, 2016

That is where East County local John Crisafulli comes in. Crisafulli is a native San Diegan who still lives in the Mt. Helix community with his wife and twin daughters, not far from where he grew up. He is president of Behind The Scenes Catering, and he also serves as the enterprise’s managing director of global events. Crisafulli is now actively engaged in planning efforts for BTS to prepare and serve over half a million meals during the Rio Olympics, and he discussed his work during an interview on April 6. “This is a lot of food and lots of service,” Crisafulli said.

BTS also caters the San Diego Summer Pops concert series. In July, BTS will cater for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The company has operated the Fantail Café aboard the USS Midway since opening and provides meals for other events on the anchored ship museum. About a year ago, BTS added Kensington’s specialty wine shop Village Vino! to its holdings.

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There is no doubt about it, Village Vino has been very fortunate to receive generous reviews from our guests and from several publications, including San Diego Magazine.  We're committed to creating an experience that is different from the typical wine bar, and are grateful for the support of our concept.

Wine tip of the day:  Don't own a wine cellar or wine refrigerator?  When serving red wine, put it in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes before serving to bring it to proper serving temperature.  When serving white wine, take it out of the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to bring it to proper serving temperature.  Pop the cork and enjoy!


Village Vino, wine bar and bottle shop, has recently opened in the heart of Kensington, at the corner of Kensington Drive and Adams Avenue, near the Ken Cinema.  

Village Vino owner Rita Pirkl, a Kensington resident and wine aficionado, is excited to share her extensive knowledge of wines with neighbors and friends.  "Village Vino is a friendly place where guests enjoy and learn about unique wines from small family owned and operated wineries, in a relaxed, no-pressure environment" says Pirkl.

Village features more than 20 wines by the taste or glass, as well as large collection of bottle wines for dine in or carry out. In addition, Village Vino offers a selection of beers, non-alcoholic beverages, and a variety of small plate food selections to compliment the extensive wine selection.

In the coming weeks, Village Vino will begin hosting wine classes and tasting events, open to the public via advance reservations on villagevino.com.  Rita and her expert staff will share their passion, experience and knowledge during scheduled tastings and seminars, designed to appeal to wine lovers of all levels of expertise.

Pirkl explains, “We want to be known as a neighborhood gathering place and resource for information sharing and access to interesting wines not available in grocery markets and big box stores. The last thing in the world we want to be is elitist about wine.”