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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Bern’s Steak House


“Wine is the cornerstone to our traditional steak fare, influenced by European cooking traditions,” says Eric Renaud, senior sommelier.

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(813) 251-2421
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Housing nearly 1 million bottles in their collection, the wine list is inarguably deep, with the greatest selections coming from France and California.
Perfect Pairing
The perfect wine and food pairing is great company.
Riot-Worthy Dish
“It’s all in the name: Steak.” The Macadamia Nut Ice Cream is another signature dish.
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Château Latour 1947 Latour — Jeroboam
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Quinta de Serrado 1827 Bual (Madeira)
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Château Gruaud Larose 1851 Saint-Julien, Magnum
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The Pen is Mightier than the Pour
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Pairings: Steak with Béarnaise Sauce
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