About Us

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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 

Assistant Wine Manager

Rob Blair

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.

With over a decade of experience in the industry, Rob is our longest standing full time team member having joined us in 2014. Rob runs the wine club for Village Vino and is passionate about discovering and sharing new wines with all of our guests. 

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Server

Michael Garrison

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Chef de Cuisine 

Erica Villano

Chef Erica has landed at Village Vino after stints at several prominent outlets throughout the city and beyond. From catering Comic Con through to competing at the Culinary Olympics, Erica has provided top notch menus across multiple outlets. From pastry to savory dishes, Chef Erica is our gastronomic maven. 

Michael started working at Village Vino in July, 2012, just two weeks after they opened. He retired in 2010 after a 35 year career in the food and beverage business, the last twenty years running the bar at the La Jolla Shores restaurant, Piatti. Previously, he was the manager of such San Diego restaurants as Dobson’s, La Gran Tapa, and The Poseidon, in Del Mar. His grand passion, wine, and his love of people are the reasons Village Vino is such a perfect fit for him.

Server

Tara Eveland

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Sarah Tomal

Sarah is a wine enthusiast, that then became a wine student, who then became a patron of Village Vino, who is now excited to be a part of the team! Sarah loves making the world of wine approachable for everyone, and she is passionate about sharing the stories in the bottle with the people around her. She is currently enrolled in SDSU’s Business of Wine program and is working towards her French Wine Scholar certification with Wine Scholar Guild.

Tara has worked on and off for Village Vino since the early days in 2013. Through working for various other wine/beer industry jobs in San Diego & Portland, Tara is once again rejoining us for the same reasons that brought her here in the first place: the unpretentious, homey, and laid back vibe and of course the good people and wine. She has her personal struggles with Roséanxious-ness and a forever love of all things bubbly. 

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Noah Gallager

Noah’s fascination with cooking started at a young age and developed through traveling. When not cooking, Noah loves spending time with their animal companions. Music, art, dancing, nature, and friends are just some of the things that keep Noah a happy human.

OUR FAMILY

Village Vino is proud to be part of the BTS Hospitality Family