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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Modern American cuisine, with an emphasis on wine pairings with every dish (available in half-glass or full-glass pours).

Read a Q&A with David A. Carson, chef de cuisine of Bacchanalia.

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Wine List Description
The wine list focuses on California wineries, ranging from the mainstream to niche producers.
Perfect Pairing
Jermann’s 2009 Pinot Grigio from Venezia Giulia paired with Kumamoto Oysters, Cauliflower Panna Cotta, Caviar and Sourdough Croutons.
Riot-Worthy Dish
The Crab Fritter with Thai Pepper Essence and Avocado has been a mainstay on the menu for 19 years.
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Colgin 1997 Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
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5 vintages of J. Rochioli East Block Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)
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Posh Pinot Grigio
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Russian River Valley Pinot Noir: The Triumph of Terroir
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2013 Restaurant Features

Game On

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Element of Surprise

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