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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Ingredient-inspired Northwest cuisine.

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(206) 283-3313
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The balanced wine list focuses on classic growing regions, iconic brands and up-and-coming producers of Washington, California, France, Italy and Spain. “We pair wines based on seasonality, provenance and occasion; what the guest is celebrating and what they’ve ordered greatly influences the wines we select for them,” says Nelson Daquip, wine director.
Perfect Pairing
The whole roasted Muscovy Duck is beautifully balanced by the bright red fruits, savory notes and earthy tones of truffles and leather in a bottle of red Burgundy with a bit of age on it.
Riot-Worthy Dish
The dry-aged, Muscovy Duck for two is a “forever” dish. It’s accompaniments are always changing with the seasons.
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Didier Dagueneau 2003 Astéroïde (Pouilly-Fumé)
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Buty 2006 Peter Canlis Syrah (Walla Walla Valley)
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1990 La Tâche, Magnum
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Isn't It Aromatic?
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Beyond Classic Cocktails
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Element of Surprise

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