Rancho Mirage is a verdant oasis located in the Palm Springs Valley on the edge of the vast California Desert. It is the last place you’d expect to find a tasting room for a northern California winery. Yet, at The River, a shopping and dining destination that some claim to be Rancho Mirage’s downtown, there is a wonderful shop where lovers of the grape can experience some of California’s finest wines. Tulip Hill Winery, with vineyards in central and northern California and a headquarters on the north shore of Clear Lake, operates the only tasting room in the desert.

Under the watchful eye of the winery’s President, Kristi Brown, who resides in the Palm Springs region, the Tulip Hill Winery in Rancho Mirage is a terrific destination for fans of the grape for a pre-dinner tasting. However the place jumps all day long with tasters and shoppers.

The selection of wine, kitchen and entertaining related merchandise is vast. My wife Reba finds most of her gifts here. At birthday and holiday celebrations I have happily unwrapped bottles of aged balsamic vinegar from Modena, sets of Austrian wine glasses by Reidel and once, a giant Italian hand decorated ceramic jug for aging homemade lemoncello – all from the Tulip Hill Winery.

Reba enjoys wine and many cases from Tulip Hill Winery have found their way to our home – some wrapped as gifts and most for drinking now. We are also members of the Tulip Hill Winery Wine Club. Quarterly we receive four bottles of recent releases, discounts on all purchases of wine and gift shop merchandise, invitations to wine events and free tastings.

Tulip Hill Winery specializes in reds. We enjoy their cabernets, sirahs and zinfandels as well as their unique red blends that are always luscious in the mouth – crowd pleasers at bar-b-ques and Holiday dinners. Tulip Hill Winery also produces a chardonnay that is aged in stainless steel. On a summer evening, it’s heavenly chilled and served with a grilled fish filet or for that matter anything that lands on the dinner plate. Cheers!

RM