By Daniel Paris
This was my third visit to La Fe. They offer attentive service for experienced and novice wine drinkers alike. Ordering wine can be an intimidating experience with the infinite number of choices that change with each vintage. Owners German and Richard make these choices approachable. They achieve this by helping you narrow down choices to suit your palate based on wines you have tried before. La Fe has an excellent wine list representing vintages from around the world and specials are offered nightly listed on their chalkboard.
The evening we attended featured a wine tasting flight from Coquerel Family Wine Estates, a Calistoga, California winery. Four different tastes of signature varietals were offered for a $20 fee. Each taste was poured by Stacey, a rep from the winery. Stacey described aspects of the wine including the grape variety, time of harvest, type and process of fermentation, and storage and length of aging. This progression allows you to appreciate the characteristic nuances of the wine in the glass in front of you. These tastings are offered frequently and are posted on La Fe’s Facebook page. They should have their liquor license soon, so look for craft cocktails any day.
La Fe offers a variety of tapas and small plates to pair with your wine selections. Short rib sliders, flatbreads, salads, charcuterie/cheese combinations, and other small plates are on the menu. I keep ordering the salads and flatbreads, especially the mushroom truffle. Happy hour prices are from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. nightly.
The ambience is a modern hip vibe conducive to quiet conversation with your date or the new friends you make at the bar. Outdoor seating is available for the presently perfect desert evenings.
73900 El Paseo, #2
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Open 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday
5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday