03 Feb Please The Palate Pick of the Week: Canopy Wine Lounge in Palm Springs
Canopy Wine Lounge is touted as the first high-end wine lounge in the Coachella Valley. So when I found myself in Palm Springs for the weekend with a free evening, I knew that was where I had to go. From the design to the personalized and friendly service to the food and wine, Canopy Wine Lounge is the Please The Palate pick of the week.
About Canopy Wine Lounge
Canopy Wine Lounge, opened in December 2023, is owned by Noah Mamet, former U.S. Ambassador to Argentina and Palm Springs resident, and Alejandro Bulgheroni Family Estate Wines. Located near the Palm Canyon strip, Canopy Wine Lounge is inviting with both indoor and outdoor seating.
Approaching the lounge, long glass windows offer a tease of what is inside. Inside, the design by Palm Springs-based interior designer Christopher Kennedy offers a mix of California Modern with Midcentury Modern. There is an eye-catching wall-sized mural of a desert garden along the back wall behind the bar. White plaster chandeliers shaped like cacti hang from above and a large canvas palm tree is centered in the central seating area. Seating is along a midcentury-inspired custom banquette. And outside, there are couches and firepits.
The team at Canopy Wine Lounge, which includes Director of Operations Ellis Delahousay, Winemaker Joshua Kelly, and Managers Phil Barrood and Liz Swartz, all came down from Napa Valley. The staff engages with customers in a very personalized and friendly manner.
The Wine at Canopy Wine Lounge
Canopy Wine Lounge offers a selection of nearly 150 wines from around the world. Most of the wines come from the Alejandro Bulgheroni Famy Estate Wines. This portfolio of wines features wines from Napa, Sonoma, Australia, and Argentina and the wines are made by renowned winemakers including Michel Rolland, Philippe Melka, Matt Sands, Alberto Antonini, and Juan Pablo Murgia. Labels include Lithology (St. Helena, CA), Waypoint (Napa, CA), Otronia (Patagonia, Argentina), and Alkina (Barossa Valley, South Australia). There are also wines from Ambassador Mamet’s personal wine portfolio from Mendoza, Argentina under the label, ‘Gran Diplomat’.
And, soon Canopy Wine Lounge will offer the first and only wine made in Palm Springs. Winemaker Josh Kelly, who is originally from Canada, is making this wine. The fruit was sourced in Amador County and it is aging in a large amphora inside Canopy Wine Lounge. The first vintage of Desert Wren Rosé will be released in April 2024.
Food at Canapy Wine Lounge
To enjoy with a glass, or bottle, of wine, Canopy Wine Lounge offers a selection of small but filling bites.
The “Aperitivo” is a selection of Olive Oil Chips, Marcona Almonds, and Zesty Olives. The olives, marinated in red wine vinegar and olive oil with tangerine, red chili, and garlic, are savory and delicious with tangerine flavors.
The Cheese and Charcuterie Tower, which comes in two sizes, includes meats, cheese, Marcona almonds, fig jam, dried seasonal fruit, and olives.
Of course, with the former US Ambassador to Argentina as the owner of Canopy Wine Lounge, empanadas are on the menu. The empanadas are large with a crunchy outer shell and densely packed with beef, chorizo, or mushrooms and served with chimichurri.
The menu also includes Bread and Flour’s Epi Baguette served with Canopy’s seasonal butter, caviar, and bread topped with white cheddar, Gruyere, apple, black truffle or Jamon Iberico, Manchego, and fig jam.
Canopy Wine Lounge was the perfect spot for a night in Palm Springs and should be on everyone’s list when heading to Palm Springs.
Canopy Wine Lounge
175 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262