It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here! In Palm Springs we’re a bit spoiled since you can typically spend the day poolside while you wait for your turkey to finish cooking! Inspired by the desert climate and the idea of non-traditional holiday style, The Social Bar styled this Thanksgiving décor (featuring tons of great finds from the new West Elm Palm Springs store) at The Amado in Palm Springs, and got some input from a few local friends about great wines to pair with your holiday meal.
Pumpkins, gourds, palm fronds and Monstera leaves got a glammed-up treatment using rose gold and brass paint. The place settings, copper flatware, napkins, glassware, salt & pepper shakers and candleholders are all available at West Elm Palm Springs. (201 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs 92262)
The pink and gold casserole dish is a vintage find from the Sunny Dunes Antique Mall in Palm Springs.
Some Thanksgiving wine recommendations from in-the-know locals:
Chef Gabriel R. Woo, The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge:
At The Barn Kitchen we like Rosé year-round, not just during the hot summer months. Jolie Folle Rosé is a lovely way to start an evening of giving thanks. For dinner, the Tablas Creek 2014 Patelin de Tablas is an earthy Syrah-Grenache blend that will bring out great tasting notes of fall and winter. (The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge, 1330 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs 92264)
David Ferrier, Director of Restaurants at ARRIVE Palm Springs:
Beaujolais Nouveau is a traditional Thanksgiving wine, but the 2015 Jean-Michel Dupre “Terre Noire” Beaujolais Vieilles Vignes is one that is a little more complex and balanced. I thought that the bitter notes of cherry and black currant mirrors the cranberry sauce that one might put on their turkey. It works really nicely.
I also chose a dry Riesling, Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt 2014 Piesporter Goldtröpfchen GG Riesling Trocken (Mosel), because its going to be very interesting in that it’s got some of that funk from the petrol. It’s more on the bone dry side, but it definitely has a touch of sweetness on the nose. It’s one of the world’s most versatile varietals because of the way that it pairs with almost anything. (ARRIVE, 1551 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs 92262)
Gregory Mandallaz, Ernest Coffee:
We have a good 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon that we serve at Ernest called Freakshow from Michael David Winery in Lodi, Calif., which would pair well with the rich flavors of Thanksgiving dinner. (Ernest Coffee (also serving wine, beer & bubbly!), 1101 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs 92262)
Chef Joane Garcia-Colson, dish Creative Cuisine:
I recommend Domaine Philippe Raimbault Sancerre Apud 2014 from France; it is a nice white with some complexity that goes well with turkey. Another possible wine to pair with turkey and trimmings is Emeritus Pinot Noir from California’s Russian River Valley. (dish Creative Cuisine, 1107 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs 92262)
Christine Soto, Dead or Alive bar:
Pinot noir is one of the most versatile, pairable wines out there, so it’s a good choice for Thanksgiving with so many different types of dishes. Bottles of our Dead or Alive Pinot Noir, only available at the bar, are available to go for a special holiday price of $35. (Dead or Alive, 150 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs 92264)
For a dessert wine, the Orange Muscat, Essencia Quady 2014 from Madera, Calif., has sweet orange notes with a spicy, complex flavor of ginger, cinnamon and coconut, which pairs perfectly with savory pumpkin pie. You can try that and more at the SO.PA Thanksgiving dinner – details here! (L’Horizon Resort & Spa, 1050 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs 92264)
In related wine news, BevMo is now open in downtown Palm Springs, and they’re open on Thanksgiving day from 7am – 5pm for any last-minute wine/beer/liquor runs! BevMo Palm Springs is located at 333 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs 92262.
We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!!
Photography by Camron Carrier for The Social Bar