April In Coachella Valley – What wines to drink now

Posted on August 7th, 2016 by Michele Tully

Every year in April the Coachella Valley hosts the highest grossing U.S. music festival:  Coachella Fest.  It is known for rock, indie, hip hop and electronic music. For two weekends from April 15th through 24th we are engulfed in a wave of visitors to our “Gem of the Desert”.

Coachella Fest is followed by Stagecoach on April 29th through May 1st for the country music crowd.

So, there are LOTS of parties during this time and while we do advocate for responsible consumption of all alcoholic beverages, we know that there will be lots of bars set up in those vacation rentals, hotels and homes.   Let’s look at what you will need:

Beer consumption is enormous at this time, from IPAs to Artisan to the most familiar domestic and imported beers.

Let’s talk about wines:  Rose is superb for hot desert days; sparkling wines such as Rose or White, Prosecco or Cava (Italy and Spain’s nod to champagne) which is great mixed with orange juice and delicious with….Limoncello (a sunny lemon liquour).   Since we’re touching on the subject, toast the Desert with Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial (created to be enjoyed over ice).  Veuve Clicquot has the familiar orange label and we can even go Top Shelf with Dom Perignon for the most particular!

Limencello - summer wines

Don’t forget Spirits: Vodka, Tequila (Patron, Casamigos, Jose or Bacardi, Anejo or Reposado), Gin, Rum, Whiskey (Irish, Jack Daniels Apple or Honey, Johnnie Walker and Red Apple Crown Royal to boot!).

Add mixes such as Triple Sec, Sweet and Sour, Bloody Mary, Mojito and fresh garnishes such as lemons, limes, strawberries, grapes and mint, basil, celery or sage.  Pick up ingredients for Chavela or Michelada (tomato juice or clamato, hot sauce…)

Let’s see, what did we forget?   Club soda, tonic, ginger ale or beer, a sparkling water, juices and……ICE!!!

Jules Market, La Quinta carries your beverage needs.  And of course, ingredients for meals and snacks can be purchased.


Betty Berrysmith

Resident Wine Specialist at Jules Market






Beer, Blog Posts, Craft Beer, wine | August 7th, 2016