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Wine Bar Rocky River Restaurant Review: Hidden behind a series of boutique shops just off Linda Street, this vino bar is all but invisible from the road. With a handsome patio, a snug interior, a fireplace, and soft lighting, the Westside destination also is free of formality, with flat-screen TVs, T-shirted servers and a noisy, laid-back clientele. The menu, while not dazzling, is adequate. Start with the avocado and Brie bruschetta with fresh tomato and herbs. Then try one of the bready “fat breads,” such as the wild mushroom with garlic sauce, provolone and mozzarella. The “Wino” fries and dessert options also are must-haves. Meanwhile, the wine list features about a dozen whites (including sparkling varieties), a dozen reds available by the glass (prices range from around $7 to $18), and around a hundred varieties by the bottle. The list is imaginatively, if somewhat confusingly, divided into categories like "toasty," "soft curves," "forever fun" and "dramatic." If this makes choosing a bottle easier to some, it might prove intimidating or silly to others. Our advice is to roll with it and pick something that sounds just plain good.