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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Charleston Grill


The cuisine is Southern-inspired. “Sometimes we fall in love with a wine, and the chef will create a dish for the match,” says Rick Rubel, sommelier.

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(843) 577-4522
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Wine List Description
The wine list is comprised of 1,300 wines from around the world, with an affinity for red Burgundy.
Perfect Pairing
E. Guigal’s 1998 Hermitage Blanc harmonizes with butter-poached Maine lobster, served with black trumpets, celery-root purée, caviar and mushroom jus.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"The Charleston Grill Crab Cake. “Perhaps the planet’s best,” says Rubel."
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Remoissenet Père & Fils 1985 Charmes-Chambertin
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Jacques Selosse NV Substance Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut (Champagne)
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Henri Jayer 1995 Échézeaux
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Destination: Charleston, South Carolina
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