Some of my best memories have been wine tasting with friends and family.  Whether we drive to Temecula or venture further to Santa Barbara, we are certain to have a great time.  We cannot, however, get away as often as we would like.  Just three miles south of Highway 111, The Wine Bar is nestled in the heart of Old Town La Quinta.  Offering welcoming smiles and a variety of wine flights, The Wine Bar feels like an escape to a winery without using a full tank of gas!

The Wine Bar has been open for just over seven months but is definitely the locals’ hot spot.  When we entered, we immediately noticed the elegant interior design and beautiful art on the walls.  With your choice of large black leather couches and chairs, high-top granite tables or the granite counter top, you are guaranteed to enjoy their large selection of fine wines in style!  The Wine Bar has partnered with The La Quinta Arts Foundation; local artists need to display their work and they need to decorate the walls, it’s a win-win.

As we walked through the aisles of reasonable priced wines, we noticed that The Wine Bar is more than just a place to enjoy great food and wine with friends.  The retail section of the store offers an impressive cigar selection, which you can enjoy in their cigar section of the patio.  They also display a variety of wine accessories like openers, aerators and wine glass charms.  There are custom made-to-order gift baskets from $25 that are great gifts for any occasion and The Wine Bar will ship to most of The United States.  The best part about the place is that you can purchase a bottle of wine from the retail side and have it corked and poured for you and your guests at no additional charge!  If your palette cannot decide on just one wine, you are in luck!  Try one of their many wine flights that include three, two-ounce tastings, giving you the opportunity to have it all.  After enjoying a few tastings, I knew exactly which wine to order.  The list changes often, which gives it variety while staying current.

Now, don’t be confused by the name, The Wine Bar, because they offer a menu that is impressive on its own.  We shared an order of hummus and bite-sized pita chips while sipping our wines and followed it with a Mediterranean Flat Bread, topped with artichoke hearts, roasted tomatoes, olives and cheese, drizzled with a savory balsamic glaze.  Incredible!  They have meat and cheese platters and also offer sandwiches and desserts, but owner, Robert, will tell you the highlight of the menu, would be their selection of homemade soups and fresh salads.

The Wine Bar is located at 78015 Main Street, Suite 109 and open daily at 11 am, serving until 9 pm Monday through Wednesday, 10 pm on Thursday and open until 11 pm Friday and Saturday for live music.  Come down for their Saturday wine tastings at 4 pm or schedule a private tasting with friends or for a special occasion.  Stay up to date on upcoming events and tastings by signing up at www.TheWineBarAtOldTown.com

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