While there may not be vineyards in Palm Springs, you can still get your wine tasting on at the desert’s best wine bars. Tasting rooms and restaurants serving extensive and hand-selected wine lists cater to wine aficionados of all types in Palm Springs.
You’ll find a handful of wine bars throughout the desert, such as 3rd Corner Wine Shop & Bistro in Palm Desert. The retail wine store and restaurant combo offers more than 800 wines, which you can either purchase to take home or enjoy with dinner on the patio. Further east, you can stop by The Wine Bar at Old Town La Quinta, which boasts more than 300 different varieties and special tasting events. Plus, you can sit back with your favorite wine and a selection from the vino-friendly food menu while enjoying the live music that often fills The Wine Bar on weekends.
Local restaurants also serve up an impressive array of wines. Tinto in Palm Springs, for example, gets its name from the Basque word for red wine. Fittingly, the Jose Garces restaurant offers an impressive list of hand-selected Spanish red wines. The Mediterranean-inspired Figue restaurant in La Quinta is also known for its impressive wine list, which includes both Old World and New World Mediterranean varieties.
If it’s time for a glass of wine, check out the full list of the desert’s best wine bars below.
10 Alicante Spanish Mediterranean Cuisine
Alicante opened in downtown Palm Springs in early 2013, serving authentic Spanish dishes and tapas on South Palm Canyon Drive. Your tapas spread or Spanish-inspired entree is best enjoyed with a glass of wine from Alicante’s discerning wine menu, which features reds and whites from Spain, France, Italy, Argentina and California. Owner Mindy Reed, a self-professed wino, carefully curates the wine menu, which is offered at $6, $8 and $10 price points per glass. During the daily happy hour, you’ll find a handful of wines like prosecco, pinot grigio and cabernet sauvignon on special for $5 a glass at the bar. The house-made sangria is always a palette pleaser. ((760) 325-9464)