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When in Coeur d’ Alene there are as many dining options as there are moments in a day. For my husband and myself, there is always one perfect answer. Live music, friendly people, great wines, and delicious food are all the elements that give this restaurant so much character. The spot I’m talking about is the Wine Cellar. Buried in the heart of downtown, it is only a short descent below street level to discover one of the best little gems of a restaurant in this town.

Inspired by his travels through Europe, Jim Duncan founded the Wine Cellar in 1992. This stylish bistro features some of the best local blues and jazz artists five nights a week. Perfect for a night out with friends, or a memorable candlelit dinner for two, the ambiance is simply elegant and comfortable. Original art adorns the golden walls while brick archways accent the Spanish décor. And while it may make it difficult to hear the waitress announcing the specials, a front row seat for the music is always a fun option.

If you come in for a glass of wine, it is hard to resist the aromatic spices baking in their foccacia bread. Everything from sauces, to Italian sausages, to desserts is all freshly made in house, with pride. I would personally suggest starting with the Brie or salmon cakes as an appetizer, but whatever you order from this Mediterranean style menu will be delicious.

The friendly staff is always eager to help match any meal or appetizer with the perfect wine to compliment your dish. Their award winning selection features over 250 wines that Jim has hand selected primarily from Australia, France, Italy, California, and Washington State. His love for wine has earned him Wine Spectator Awards in 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2001.

I would recommend The Wine Cellar to all. Don’t miss out on this palate-pleasing, tried and true venue. You won’t be disappointed.

The Wine Cellar - 313 Sherman Avenue – Coeur d’Alene
Monday – Thursday, 4pm - 10pm, Friday and Saturday, 4pm to Midnight.
http://www.coeurdalenewinecellar.com
For reservations call: 208-266-WINE.

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