Wine Spectator — a publication known as a leading authority on all things wine worldwide — gives out three designations to restaurant wine programs: Excellence, Best of Excellence and the Grand Award.
Chandlers Steakhouse, 981 W. Grove St., Boise, again leads the way with another Best of Excellence Award for the depth and quality of its wine program. This is owner Rex Chandler’s 15th Best of Excellence Award for this restaurant, beginning when it was in Ketchum and continuing since its move to Boise in 2007.
Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery, 610 W. Grove St. in Boise; Bella Aquila, 775 Rivershore Lane in Eagle; and Fork, 850 W. Idaho St. in Boise, all repeated their Excellence Awards from 2013. Ruth’s Chris Steak House, which opened earlier this year in the Eighth & Main building in Boise, made its debut on the list.
In other parts of Idaho, The Narrows at the Shore Lodge, 501 W. Lake St. in McCall, and Il Naso Wine Bar and Restaurant, 480 Washington St. in Ketchum, also received Excellence Awards. So did The Cellar at 317 Sherman, 317 E. Sherman Ave. in Coeur d’Alene.
You can search for more regional winners at WineSpectator.com.