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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Art and Soul


Regionally inspired cuisine with a Southern twist.

Get Art and Soul's Maple Ham Hoecake and Shrimp and Grits recipes.

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(202) 393-7777
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Wine List Description
The wine program focuses on small-batch production wines and sustainable producers.
Perfect Pairing
The Trio of Tamworth Pig (belly, shoulder, housemade kielbasa), along with La Gerla’s Rosso di Montalcino is a perfect pairing.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"The Shrimp and Grits, served with housemade andouille sausage (from locally sourced pigs) is a signature dish, blending classic Southern and regional ingredients."
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Kirchmayr 1975 Soloist Neuburger (Neusiedlersee)
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Kaizen 2009 Silacci Vineyard Pinot Noir (Monterey County)
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Dobogó 2008 Furmint-Hárslevelű-Muscat Lunel (Tokaj)
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Soul Food Steps Up
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Jimbo's Hambo (Ham with mustard glaze and pineapple salsa)
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Demystifying the Sommelier
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