About Us

Our specialty is small family owned and operated wineries from around the world. Our goal is an accessible inventory reflecting a balance of old favorites, esoteric hard to find producers, and varietals reflecting tradition and typicity.


We are fanatics about quality to price ratios that make sense and strive to appeal to palates and pocketbooks of all sizes. Due to the types of wines and wineries we work with, our inventory changes frequently. The best way to keep up is to stop by and check out our wine list as sometimes we can only secure a few cases.

Meet the Team

Wine Director & General Manager

Kurt Kirschenman 

Executive Chef

Jeremy Estrada 

Kurt's passion for wine started early in his career while working in management for fine dining. As his interest for wine emerged, he became a certified sommelier. Kurt enhances each culinary experience by pairing wine notes to compliment the taste and flavor of every dish. He selects wines from all over the world monthly to showcase new varietals at wine tasting events, dinners, private parties and for the Village Vino Wine Club.


Chef Jeremy joined the Village Vino Kensington team as Executive Chef in 2018. He has transformed the menu and culinary offerings of this quaint neighborhood restaurant and wine bar. Jeremy was recently named a 2019 San Diego Tastemaker by San Diego Magazine recognizing his talents and passion for creating flavorful and inspiring cuisine.  

Assistant Wine Manager

Rob Blair

Wine Specialist

Katie Hassler

Wine Specialist

Michael Garrison 

Rob supports Kurt with monthly selections for

the Wine Club as well as the Pop Up Tastings.

He loves recomending new wine flavors and discoveries for guests to taste.

Katie manages the graphic design and marketing for Village Vino's events, Wine Club and social media. She has her Cicerone certification and loves learning about wine everyday.

Michael managed the bar at Piatti La Jolla the past twenty years. Now he supports the team and assists customers with finding wines they can enjoy at Villlage Vino and at home.

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