Six weeks after Colorado Wine Company moved several blocks west—and on the other side of the boulevard—into a more pub-like setting, Northeast L.A.’s premier spot for first-rate wines at almost laughably moderate prices is having a grand opening on Saturday.
It’s a reopening, strictly speaking, and those familiar with the circumstances under which Co Wine Co. relocated on the block immediately adjacent to the Bank of America will understand why the couple behind the independently owned enterprise have compared their store’s rebirth to a phoenix rising from the ashes.
The ashes, of course, are a metaphor for what John Nugent and Jennifer Morgan refer to as the “shi**y lease” that compelled them to leave their earlier location, where their store’s presence since 2005 did much to revamp Colorado Boulevard.
“We’re so damn happy to be set in our pretty new spot,” reads an overnight e-mail by the storeowners—the word “pretty” evidently defining both aesthetics and time.
The fun starts at 4 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 15, and includes the usual $5 wines by the glass as well as $5 drafts of at least two tasty, not overly hoppy IPAs, two ales and a stout. A $30.99 champagne (Jacquemart Champagne Brut Mosaique), reviewed last June in the Huffington Post, is guaranteed to put anyone in a celebratory mood. More adventurous customers can go for organic hibiscus bubbly cocktails, which pair reasonably well with cheese that will be available a hop and a step away from the store at The Grilled Cheese Truck.
Finally, hot port will be on hand for those who like a little night cap—or one for the road.