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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Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant


The cuisine is clean and rustic, with tapas shaped by Mediterranean, Spanish and South American influence.

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(203) 983-6400
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Wine List Description
Nearly 400 wines are featured on the list, with 60% from Spain and 15% from South America, and the remainder from France, Italy, Greece, Germany, Austria, United States and Australia. The focus is predominantly on small, artisanal producers.
Perfect Pairing
Barcelona offers a “Sherry pairing” tapa. Currently, the Pedro Romero Amontillado is on offer.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"The Italian-inspired Chicken al Pimientos, prepared with a South American spin. We have regulars that come in three-to-four days a week only to eat this one dish.”
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Tantum Ergo Pinot Noir Brut Nature (Cava)
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Marqués de Murrieta 1978 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial (Rioja)
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Bodegas Carrau 2000 Vilasar Nebbiolo (Las Violetas)
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Travel Barcelona
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Tips for Throwing a Tapas Fiesta
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