Idaho Restaurants Win Worldwide Wine Spectator Awards 

Wine is integral to Idaho culture: The state now boasts more than 50 wineries and 1,200 acres of vineyards, and those numbers are still on the rise. So, it's not surprising to see Gem State restaurants earning international recognition for their wine lists. It is, however, exciting to see, such as the August 2017 issue of Wine Spectator , which shone a spotlight on eight notable Idaho establishments.

Wine Spectator, self-described as “America’s largest-selling wine publication” and a world authority on wine, recognized the following eateries from Boise and beyond for their wine collections: Bella Aquila, Candle in the Woods, Capitol Cellars, Chandlers Steakhouse, The Narrows, Fork Restaurant, il Naso and Mai Thai Restaurant and Bar.

click image Restaurant Awards winners were revealed in the August 2017 Issue of Wine Spectator. - THE ROSEN GROUP
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  • Restaurant Awards winners were revealed in the August 2017 Issue of Wine Spectator.

All of them have now been awarded for multiple years, the longest standing being 2011 winners Bella Aquila and The Narrows. Restaurants are eligible for three levels of awards: the Award of Excellence, the Best Award of Excellence and the Grand Award, which is the top honor, and given out to only 89 restaurants worldwide.

Candle in the Woods and Chandler’s Steakhouse joined 1,168 international establishments when they earned the Best Award of Excellence, marking them as “destinations for serious wine lovers, showing a deep commitment to wine, both in the cellar and through their service team.” Candle in the Woods alone claims to have “almost 1,800 different labels, 4,200 bottles and over 200 international varietals,” and boasts a wildly creative, ever-changing menu that currently includes “Steak S’mores” (which are exactly what you think they are).

The other six Idaho restaurants on the list earned the Award of Excellence, given only to restaurants with 90 or more wines on offer, well-paired menus and either a focus on specific wines or regions, or impressively broad collections. Since there are more than million restaurants in the U.S. alone, earning a Wine Spectator award is a prestigious distinction—one nobody would w(h)ine about.

Learn more about the 3,592 winners and their wines at the Wine Spectator website.







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