Colorado Springs has a brand new wine bar that serves samples from a merchandising machine for arts and leisure

There’s a whole new ball game in town.

Vinum Populi, 6165 Barnes Road, just opened west of the Security Service Field, and the wine and food are being kicked out of the stadium. And why not? It is thanks to owner Miguel Garza, who has been in the Los Angeles hospitality industry for 18 years and owned seven award-winning restaurants.

After all his successes in the cafe and bar business in California, why should he pull into the springs?

“My brothers live out here and I have nieces and nephews I don’t really know and people are getting older,” he says. “I checked here and found that a new type of wine bar was needed. And I can be closer to the family. “

According to Ana Kress, wine program manager and sommelier, “Vinum Populi loosely means“ wine for the people ”. And we present wine differently. Guests help themselves to a variety of wines to try or buy a full portion. “

Garza fell in love with the Enomatic Wine Dispenser while visiting Italy.

“The machines, which are like vending machines, were used in wine shops in Italy,” he said. “It was a way to try several wines before buying a bottle. I thought it was a fun concept in a restaurant. “

It became a huge success at his LA wine bar, so he built his new operation on two of the machines. Each tower contains six red wines and six white wines, each with the perfect temperature. The wine dispensers prevent wine from being altered by oxygen and protect its organoleptic integrity (taste, aroma, body and color) for more than 24 days.

“It’s a fun interactive way to learn about different wines without the risk of buying a bottle and deciding you don’t like it,” he said. “We offer a changing selection of wines from around the world that can be tasted in ounces, full or half glasses.”

Garza holds a wide price range for wines. There’s a full bar too. The menu is small and nicely varied at very reasonable prices, like three perfectly cooked medium-sized rare lamb lollies with flavored yogurt, rosemary, and garlic sauce for $ 15, pizzas for $ 10, and pasta dishes for $ 9 and $ 12 . Definitely a cozy place to go on a date, especially since it’s a place 21 years or older. Details: 418-3114.

“KRDO Table Talk”

Guests of the radio show “KRDO Table Talk” on 105.5 FM, 1240 AM and 92.5 FM on Saturday at 1:00 pm:

• Barbra Gibb, General Manager of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, will speak about the Garlic Festival and Garlic Cookoff at the Carter Payne Event Center, 320 S. Weber St., October 5-6. The event includes a marketplace with vendors selling garlic and local grocery products, workshops, a garlic cookoff, a multi-course dinner and a social garlic ice cream. Tickets are available separately. Details: 761-8909, [email protected],

• Ari Howard, owner of Streetcar52 520 S. Tejon St., is joined by Chef Ketil Larsen to talk about the new restaurant and the globally inspired menu. Travis Blaney is the general manager. The opening times are from Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Details: 633-3300,

• Patience Kabwasa, program director for Colorado Springs Food Rescue, 917 E. Moreno Ave., talks about The Hillside Hub, a community-run food center. She will also explain the mission of CSFR and explain why this is important for the church. Details: 470-2737,

• Connie Ruel, restaurateur, pastry chef and author of “Passions of a Restaurateur”, talks about her career and her cookbook, part of Memoir, about belonging to three generations of restaurant owners. She is the featured cookbook author at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey Harvest Fest, 3011 E. Colorado 50, where she sells and signs books from 11am to 4pm on September 29th and 30th. Visit to purchase books.

Contact the author: 636-0271.

Contact the author: 636-0271.

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