By Cynthia Greenburg-Dunlop
At some point, “the math just doesn’t work,” said Jennifer Morgan, co-owner of Colorado Wine Company, as she explained the reason for moving the Eagle Rock wine bar and shop just three blocks down Colorado Boulevard. Tired of dealing with raised rents – three in fact – Morgan and husband, John Nugent knew it was time to look for some new digs. The art deco building they’ve taken over on Colorado Boulevard near El Rio Avenue has inspired a revamped look for this local favorite. Known for its sleek and modern interior, in this go around, the ceilings with exposed wood beams are high (25 feet) and the tones are warm – brass and golds – implemented by designer Rick Crane who worked closely with Morgan and Nugent to develop a different look for their new space, which opens to the public this afternoon.
The opening of the new location change also means new food and bar offerings.
Being part owners of Sunset Beer in Echo Park, they’ve installed a kegerator, meaning now alongside their vast and well-chosen selection of wines are six artisanal beers on tap. A selection of gourmet chocolates, oils, cheeses and nut butters from both local as well as San Franciscan and New York producers will be available as well. It all sounds like Shangri-la but when asked how the regulars might be experiencing the change, Morgan acknowledged their diehard fans still made sure to get one last pour at the 2114 Colorado locale before it finally closed its doors.
“People have met here, got engaged here, and had babies as a result” of a glass of wine and some conversation at Colorado Wine Company. “It’s home away from home” for many Eastside residents, she added. She takes that relationship to heart. “It is only because of the support [of the community] that we felt secure doing this,” Morgan explained of the move. “We just want to continue being worthy of their support.”
Cynthia Greenburg-Dunlop, a TV writer and radio show host, lives in Highland Park.