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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Circa 1886


Southern or “low-country haute cuisine” define the dishes at this seasonally inspired restaurant.

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(843) 853-7828
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The concentrated, diverse list offers bottle selections from around the world, focusing on varietal characteristics that complement the seasonal menu stylings of Chef Marc Collins.
Perfect Pairing
Château La Nerthe’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with its smoky, black cherry, licorice and roasted herb notes, complement the Antelope Loin.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Antelope Loin is the one item that stays on the menu year-round, with accompaniments that change with the season."
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Château Margaux 2005 Margaux
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Donatella Cinelli Colombini 2003 Progetto Prime Donne (Brunello di Montalcino)
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Boscaini 1988 Amarone Marano (Valpolicella)
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Destination: Charleston, South Carolina
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Cocktail-Crazy Charleston
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