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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Addison at The Grand Del Mar


Contemporary French cuisine with local, seasonal ingredients. Wine and food pairings never repeat the same grape, country or style of wines on any given tasting menu.

San Diego
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(858) 314-1900
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Wine List Description
The wine program is extensive and deep, strong on verticals and diverse, highlighting small producers.
Perfect Pairing
Mushroom Velouté, Coddled Farm Egg and Brioche Bread Crumbs with Domaine Leroy’s 2006 Bourgogne Blanc. “The velouté hits a crescendo with this pairing,” says Jesse Rodriquez, wine director and sommelier.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"One signature dish is the Braised Short Ribs, having gone from rustic to refined, using Port wine and various spices."
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René Geoffroy NV Cumières Brut (Champagne)
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Dönnhoff 2010 Riesling (Nahe)
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Meliora 2007 Syrah (Walla Walla Valley)
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A Sommelier Gives San Diego the Spotlight
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Riesling in Many Languages
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