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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Blue Hill at Stone Barns


With a menu driven by ingredients sourced from the field and pasture, the wines are selected to support, harmonize and highlight the seasonal products.

New York City
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(914) 366-9600
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The wines are mostly transparent, showing little to no oak, and are representative of time and place.
Perfect Pairing
Biochar Cabbage with American Caviar Sauce paired with Albert Boxler’s 2008 Brand Grand Cru Muscat from Alsace.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Using a technique called biochar cooking on its state-of-the-art Grillery grill, Blue Hill at Stone Barns coaxes magical flavors from simple ingredients like cabbages and onions."
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Domaine Comte Abbatucci 2009 Cuvée du Ministre Impérial (Corsica)
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Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg 1985 Les Feusselottes Premier Cru (Chambolle Musigny)
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Bartolo Mascarello 1971 Barolo
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Chef Dan Barber On His Favorite Ingredient: Eggs
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Farm-to-Table Cocktails
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