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

4095 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA, 92116
(619) 546-8466


"Should Zin Be in?"


People generally look for more balanced, lower-alcohol wines that can be consumed with a meal. Unfortunately, a lot of Zinfandel is a meal in and of itself. Why no Zinfandel by the glass? California Zinfandel is relatively expensive compared to varietals from around the world.

Rita Pirkl, owner, Village Vino

Best Wine List 2013 – San Diego Magazine


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We’re excited to announce that Village Vino won the 2013 Reader’s Choice award for Best Wine List. Thank you very much!

"San Diego Drinks & Cocktails"

From: http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/October-2012/San-Diego-Drinks/

San Diego Drinks & Cocktails
Diego? The Zonies are back home in the desert, and we can find a seat at the good hotel bars again. Here are three new spots we love.

Village Vino

4095 Adams Avenue, Kensington

White:  Domaine Gramenon Côtes du Rhône La Vie On Y Est 2010, $15. Refreshing Viognier.
Notes: Hints of melon, peach in the bouquet; round, fruity finish.
Pair with: Pumpkin soups, Thanksgiving fare.

Red: Anna Maria Abbona Dolcetto di Dogliani Maioli 2009, $12. Lighter-bodied Piedmont red.
Notes: Fresh berry bouquet, mid-bodied, subtle style.
Pair with: Roasted vegetables, grilled meats.

"3 Wine Bars to Try, Top picks for every type of wine drinker"

From: http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/September-2013/3-Wine-Bars-to-Try/

For the Wine Geek:
Whether you’re trying to become a wine expert or looking to increase your wine lexicon, Village Vinowine bar in Kensington offers a great selection of international and domestic wines with the sophisticated palate in mind. Talk to the owner, Rita—she knows her stuff! 4095 Adams Avenue, Kensington

From: http://www.pacificsandiego.com/2012/11/26/best-cellars/

Best Cellars
From wineries to wine bars, here are a couple dozen of San Diego’s all-time grapes

There was a time not long ago when the average drinker couldn’t tell the difference between a buttery Chardonnay and a peachy wine cooler. But in a short decade, San Diegans have become notably more wine savvy in the face of 50 wineries established within the county and dozens operating in nearby Temecula. Add to the landscape a never-ending proliferation of wine bars, and you’ve acquired (or are about to) the confidence for leaning into a spit bucket and the knowledge for removing those stubborn purple stains off your lips (Wine Wipes by Borracha).

Ripe for the picking, these “grape escapes” are great locations for sampling our region’s fermented juices.

Village Vino

4095 Adams Ave., Kensington
619.546.8466, villagevino.com
After swirling her way through wine regions in dozens of countries and the Wine Executive Program at UC Davis, Rita Pirkl decided to share her zeal for small-production wines that evade the radar of big distributors. Her list flaunts 35 options by the glass or half-glass, plus 100 bottles of humble origins that can be corked inside the small, sleek space or purchased to go.


"New grapes on the vine"

From: http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/article-11903-new-grapes-on-the-vine.html

Village Vino (4095 Adams Ave. in Kensington): This corner wine bar in Kensington just celebrated its first year in business. Specializing in small-production wineries, it has an eclectic menu that changes regularly. Wines can be ordered by full- or half-glass, so I opted for several half glasses and sampled a variety. The knowledgeable servers helped sort through nearly 40 wines on the menu, and I didn’t find any I didn’t enjoy while picking through selections from France, Hungary, California and everywhere in between. A prix-fixe option Sunday through Thursday caught my eye:  $25 for a salad, flatbread and two glasses of wine from a select menu. Sounds to me like date night in a cute neighborhood.

The last pages of the wine list include bottle prices for imbibing in the bar or to-go at $8 off the list price. For us over-achieving wine geeks, they offer educational tasting events and wine dinners regularly.

Best of the bunch: The 2012 Matthiasson Tendu from Napa Valley is a blend of white Italian varietals Vermentino, Cortese and Arneis, a great summer wine with notes of minerals and a lush aroma of flowering herbs—lavender perhaps?

Best of the bunch: The Heavyweight Cabernet Sauvignon from Lodi is jammy and heavy with just a touch of sweetness, providing good balance for spicy menu items.

"Village Vino: Restaurant Reviews"

Ranked #1,219 of 3,527 restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $10 – $30
Cuisines: French
Good for: Romance

"Village Vino to have Summer 2012 Opening"

I noticed this sign last Sunday while enjoying Adams Avenue Unplugged. Village Vino is a new wine bar slated to open soon on Adams in Kensington.




Rita Pirkl, native San Diegan, Kensington resident, and owner of Village Vino, has held executive positions in sales and marketing at Chateau Montelena Winery and Peju Winery, both in Napa Valley.

Focusing on small family owned and operated producers, Village Vino will serve limited production wines by the taste, glass and bottle. Small plates and food pairings will be offered as well.

Educational seminars and classes for wine lovers, from neophytes to connoisseurs, are also in the works.

As the sign says, Village Vino is slated for a Summer 2012 opening.




"NEW IN TOWN: Village Vino Former Napa exec turns Kensington wine bar Village Vino into a hit"

From: http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/Blogs/SD-Food-News/Fall-Winter-2012/NEW-IN-TOWN-Village-Vino/

Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 01:18PM
Village Vino in Kensington.


Village Vino in Kensington.

Napa’s loss is Kensington’s gain. As the former vice president of sales for Peju Province Winery and national sales manager at Chateau Montelena Winery, Rita Pirkl knows what works and what doesn’t in wine tasting rooms. Since June, she’s been putting that knowledge to work at her Kensington tasting room/restaurant Village Vino (on the corner of Adams and Kensington, across from Bleu Boheme). What works? Small family owned selections with a quality to price ratio that “makes sense,” like the Dog Point Pinot Noir from Marlborough. Rita lives less than a mile from her shop, a building that’s been around since 1920 (formerly Kensington’s go-to Piggly Wiggly) and a building that lured Rita from her job in Napa.

The 26-year San Diego resident spent time in Italy studying cooking as well, so she’s got the food/liquid food symbiosis dialed. The small kitchen creates dishes meant to pair with groups of wine, like the pesto-tomato flatbread (goes with most reds). The 35-seat locale has a modern look with antique flavor; the cement tables and bar are coupled with bistro-ish metal chairs. Rita knows her wine but most importantly, her customers. Rita’s done the digging – scouring the world for small wineries – and all we have to do it take a sip.

"Now Open: Village Vino in Kensington"

From: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/feast/2012/jul/11/wine/

Proprietor Rita Pirkl, of the newly opened Village Vino on Adams Avenue, spent eight of her last ten years commuting from Kensington to positions at Chateau Montelena Winery and Peju Province Winery in Napa.



And for the past five years, Rita had her eye on the corner of Adams Avenue and Kensington Drive, where NYLA Kensington Boutique occupied a prime spot. In January, on her way home from another trip north, she saw a For Lease sign in the window. A phone call later and she had her dream location.




It’s cozy and comfortable inside, warm taupes and weathered wood, splashes of bolder red and blue keep it interesting. The vases of beautiful sunflowers and lots of natural light add to the relaxing mood.

There are over one hundred wines to choose from, most are produced by small family operations that have a limited number of cases for retail sale. In addition, nearly a third are available by the glass, half-glass, and half bottle. The three-ounce half glass is a great option if you want to try several wines.

I started with a 2010 Tertre de Launay Savennieres, a minerally white Bordeaux. It was crisp and dry, a nice cool way to start out. John’s choice, the 2008 Paulo Scavino Rosso Vino da Tavola, a Piedmont Nebbiolo, had a soft fragrance and a fruity explosion in the mouth.




We paired these with a cheese plate containing Venissimo’s offerings. Purple Haze, a creamy, lavender and fennel pollen laced chevre was lovely with the Savennieres. Ewephoria, an aged sheep’s milk gouda, had a golden, nutty flavor and a crumbly texture that paired better with the Nebbiolo and very well with the dried mission figs, dried tart cherries and toasted Marcona almonds. Last was an aged cheddar from Hook’s Cheese Company, nice with the bolder reds of our second wines.




Our next half-glasses were a 2008 Siegrist Dornfelder, a German red for me and a ’10 Easton Zinfandel for John. I enjoyed the Dornfelder’s bright fruit aroma and tart cherry overtones with our next small plate, big pieces of focaccia bread and dips of organic olive oil and dukkah, a wickedly addictive Egyptian dry spice blend of toasted cumin, coriander, black pepper, sesame seeds, and ground hazelnuts. The Zinfandel was big and full of juicy black fruit with a bit of pepper, and again, a good combination with the bold roasty flavors of the dukkah.

Village Vino is in soft opening mode right now, with a food menu limited to just a few items, but plans are to expand it, adding new plates over the next several weeks.

Village Vino

4095 Adams Avenue

San Diego, CA 92116

(619) 546-8466


Tue – Thu: 11:00 am-10:00 pm

Fri – Sat: 11:00 am-12:00 am

Sun: 11:00 am-10:00 pm

Closed Mondays.