Thursday, February 18, 2010

Cupid's Arrow Lands Squarely on Cozy Wine Nook in Downtown Palm Springs

While Valentine's Day has historically been reserved for lovers, it can also be an opportune time for friends to catch up over a great glass or two of wine. For me, the latter was the option of choice this year, and I wasn't at all disappointed with the tasting location.

Wild For the Vine is a quaint jem of a wine shop tucked off of the main strip of stores between Alejo and Amado on Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs. Inside you will find an array of eclectic collectibles that are all things vino, in addition to an impressive collection that is at once a collection of known producers peppered with a few cult picks here and there.

I opted to sip on a delicate Cava as I waited for my friend, perusing that evening's selection of flights. We both decided on a series of wines that kicked off with a Viognier called "Coquelicot" from France's Loire region. The name means "poppy" in French, which was fitting since the wild type of this flower grows right alongside the grapes in some instances, and the wine itself was floral and a bit exotic with an even, spicy finish.

While I wasn't crazy about the dry, overly tannic quality of the Germano Angelo Nebbiolo, I did marvel at the gorgeous ruby color that is characteristic of this Italian creation. I enjoyed the fragrant and dark Bleasdale Cabernet, which had subtle notes of mint and eucalyptus and a smooth hint of oak on the palate.

My favorite of the four was the final wine of the evening, an inky and ripe Syrah from Broman Cellars, a Napa Valley producer. Being a sucker for the jammy and 'full on fruit' versions of this varietal, I was pleasantly surprised to find I also enjoyed Broman's contrasting earthiness.   

Wild for the Vine has a full calendar of in store events, even wine book club meetings, for everyone from serious oenophiles to those who are just learning about the charms of the grape. Just don't be disappointed if your glass isn't accompanied by a chocolate-covered strawberry...a good reason to look forward to the next Valentine's Day...

Wild for the Vine: (760) 325-9930 or visit


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