The Grove Artisan Kitchen at the Miramonte Resort and Spa in Indian Wells has long been a Palm Springs favorite for its farm-fresh fare, but this 2013-2014 season, there’s a new reason to fall in love with the Grove: its upcoming series of wine dinners debuting on October 25.
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The "Le Serate di Vino" series includes five evenings with distinct themes and unforgettable food and wine pairings. Each evening includes fine wine matched with dinners by Chef Robert Nyerick. And the wine evenings are held upstairs on the terrace or on the patio by the fire pits, where you can enjoy the desert night sky as you sip and taste the night away.
The first event in the series is a progressive wine dinner featuring Oyster Bay, a boutique winery from New Zealand. The evening will include tastes of five Oyster Bay wines paired with seafood-inspired cuisine.
November’s event will celebrate the famed Beaujolais Nouveau, when Paris debuts the latest Beaujolais wine to much fanfare. Beaujolais is a young and fruity red wine, and the Grove’s wine evening on the 22nd of November will celebrate this first wine of the 2013 harvest.
If you’ve always wanted to blend your own custom vino creation, you’ll want to sign up early for the Grove’s Franciscan Blending Dinner on December 13. Representatives from California’s Franciscan Estate Winery will guide guests through an evening of tasting and blending your own custom wine, from distinguishing flavor profiles of different varietals to blending them together to create a taste that’s just right for your palate.
Or you can spoil yourself with January’s Wine Spectator 90+ Rated Dinner, which features an evening of the industry’s most distinguished and award-winning wines, complemented by a fine five-course dinner. Wines to be included during the January 24th event include Overture by Opus One, Antica and Prunotto Barbaresco.
The final wine evening, a Tuscan Family-Style Dinner, will be held on March 21. A fitting theme for this Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, the wine pairing will combine Tuscan wines with a five-course Italian dinner.
Even if you can’t get to the Grove for its wine dinners, you can still enjoy dinner with a selection from the extensive wine menu, which features between 150 and 200 labels from around the world.
The Grove is one of the Coachella Valley’s pioneering restaurants for farm-to-table fare. This season, Chef Nyerick is steering the menu in a much more distinctively Mediterranean direction, drawing on the flavors of Italy and Spain to create a light and wholesome menu.
The restaurant is known for sourcing local and regional ingredients, including herbs and citrus that are harvested from the restaurant’s own gardens. In addition to its wine dinner series, the Grove Artisan Kitchen features ongoing events all year long.