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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Chef’s Table


Modern French cuisine.

Iowa City
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(319) 337-0490
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The wine list focuses on French wine (especially from the Rhône Valley) along with selections from California and the Pacific Northwest.
Perfect Pairing
Burgundy-Raised Escargot with Parsnip Mousse, Mushroom Ragout, Parsley and Lemon paired with Domaine Jayer-Gilles’s 1998 Echézeaux du Dessus.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Prime Bison Tenderloin, with Mushroom Fricassee, Tinkerbell Peppers, and Black Truffle Jus—it’s the only entrée that has never been off the dinner menu."
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Trimbach 2002 Clos Ste Hune Riesling (Alsace)
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J.L. Chave 2004 Hermitage Rouge
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-St-Vivant (2006 & 2007)
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A Rhône White Lexicon
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Spaghetti ai Funghi (Spaghetti with Mushrooms, Garlic and Parsley)
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