As a ravenous red meat-eater since the day I cut my baby teeth, I make sure I’m never more than a few miles from a great steakhouse. Thankfully, that was no problem when I moved to Rancho Mirage, because one of the very best steakhouses in the entire Palm Springs Valley happens to be a stone’s throw from my home. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, situated at The River on Highway 111 at Bob Hope Drive, offers some of the best USDA Prime aged beef you’ll ever find, expertly cooked either iron crusted or broiled at 1600 degrees. But trying to pair your courses with selections from Fleming’s awesome list of more than 100 wines by the glass might just leave some diners flummoxed. That’s where the establishment’s knowledgeable staff comes in to happily lend a hand, either with on the spot recommendations, or during the restaurant’s series of wine tasting events.
Fleming’s will be hosting guests for one such evening on Friday, August 21 at 5:30 p.m. Dubbed “Old World vs. New World Wine Tasting,” the soiree will see 15 different wines sampled head-to-head so as to contrast “old world” wines from France and Spain with “new world” offerings from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Oregon, and California. I, for one, can’t wait to taste these grapes and find out conclusively which I prefer. Of course, delectable nibbles worthy of Fleming’s good name will be served during the tasting, including the restaurant’s delicious bruschetta alongside a tenderloin satay that I just know will be divine. The tasting evening costs $35 per person, and reservations can be made at 760-776-6685.
If you can’t make this tasting, check Fleming’s website for details of their next one in December, along with some other upcoming special events. And in the meantime, stop in any night of the week for a splendid dinner in the dining room, or for sublime cocktails and lighter fare at the bar.