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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A16

Region
West
New to List
Yes
City
San Francisco
State
CA
Restaurant URL
a16sf.com
Menu Link
http://www.a16sf.com/files/dinner.pdf
Wine List Link
http://www.a16sf.com/files/wine_list.pdf
Phone Number
(415) 771-2216
Open Table Link
http://www.opentable.com/a16
Wine List Description
The wine list encompasses 500-plus bottles, predominately from Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, Sardinia and Sicily, with the remaining wines celebrating small production in California.
Perfect Pairing
A16 offers Tuna Conserva year-round with seasonal presentations. Fiano di Avellino sings with the Maccaronara pasta dish, “truly an example of ‘if it grows together, it goes together,’” says Shelley Lindgren, wine director and owner.
Riot-Worthy Dish
Originating from Nusco, Campania, the Maccaronara Pasta with Ragu Napoletana and Housemade Ricotta Salata is a customer favorite with a soulful quality that has never been off the menu.
Destination Bottle Link 1
http://buyingguide.winemag.com/wineries/occhipinti
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Occhipinti 2006 Grotte Alte (Cerasuolo di Vittoria)
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Paolo Bea 2006 Arboreus Trebbiano Spoletino (Umbria)
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De Conciliis 2006 Latoscuro Aglianico-Fiano (Campania)
Related Link 1
http://www.winemag.com/Wine-Enthusiast-Magazine/Web-2012/The-James-Beard-Foundation-Celebrates-its-Silver-Anniversary/
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The James Beard Foundation Celebrates its Silver Anniversary

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