Smack in the middle of downtown Palm Desert, The Cork Tree offers uniquely coastal California cuisine to Palm Desert. The menu here is limited, but carefully managed. Contemporary dishes such as duck confit tacos and 36-hour pork shank are expertly paired with selections from the enormous wine list which features hundreds of selections from around the world at fairly reasonable prices. The California reds do outnumber the whites handily, but there is still a page of everything from Pinot Gris to Gewurztraminer with limited markup. Cork Tree also offers fruity house cocktails that create a great accompaniment for those who don't care much for wine. The Cork Tree is quintessential Californian relaxation right in the heart of one of its most iconic resort towns.