Wine Enthusiast 2012 100 Best Restaurants in America

We've combed the nation for the ultimate wine-centric dining establishments. So what does it take to make the cut for our America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants list? These superlative hot spots have established themselves as standouts for wine lovers, boasting visionary beverage programs and innovative menus, with eye-catching ambiance and exceptional service. Along with our picks, the following pages are filled with exclusive chef and sommelier interviews, delectable recipes, top trends and wine bottles to savor. There's something for every taste. Click on the regions on the map below to find out which restaurants made it on the list.

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A Voce Columbus


A Voce prides itself on introducing guests to unfamiliar regions through cuisine and wines, acquainting diners to foods and wines they may have never encountered.

Read a Q&A with A Voce's Executive Chef Missy Robbins.

New York City
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(212) 823-2523
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The wine list is 70% Italian, 15% American and 15% French, with approximately 20 wines offered by the glass. A large-format bottle is opened nightly, and guests may purchase by the glass, carafe or quartino.
Perfect Pairing
Wine and Beverage Director Olivier Flosse enjoys pairing the Octopus with Olive Oil with MandraRossa’s 2010 Fiano from Sicily.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Removing the Funghi al Forno from the menu would create a lot of unhappy guests."
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Château d’Yquem 1900 Sauternes
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Salcheto 2007 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano,—Melchior
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Borgogno 1967 Riserva (Barolo)
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Stump the Sommelier
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Recipe of the Month: Tomato and Sweet Onion Salad with Braised Baby Octopus
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