Edit ModuleShow Tags

NEW IN TOWN: Village Vino

Former Napa exec turns Kensington wine bar Village Vino into a hit


Published:

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. 

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

FIRST LOOK: Galaxy Taco

After 16 years as an icon at George's at the Cove, chef Trey Foshee spins off a new taco shop for San Diego. The key to Galaxy Taco's success? House-ground masa. And cocktails. And an under-served area for Mexican food.

Behind the Story: Farm to Fable

The "farm-to-table" movement has spawned a new kind of fraud. Farmers, chefs and food thinkers tell stories about how some restaurants are defrauding everyone. Call it Farm-to-fable.

Eat. This. Now.

What is Bucherondin cheese and why is it delicious? Who named the Rainer cherry? What exactly does micro-green mean? It all comes together in this phenomenal bruschetta at Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Subscribe to the Blog

 
Edit ModuleShow Tags


SD Food News

The hottest thing in San Diego food right now just might be Tijuana.

About This Blog

Restaurant reviews, food trends, top cocktails, wine, beer and generally the best eats and drinks in San Diego, by Food Editor and general good guy Troy Johnson.

Recent Posts

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Everything is Just Two Wheels Away

Get ready to GO by BIKE!

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags