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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Modern American cuisine with a symbiotic relationship between chef and sommelier.

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(202) 554-8588
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Wine List Description
The wine list boasts 650-plus selections, with the strongest focus on Burgundy, German Riesling and Bordeaux.
Perfect Pairing
Texas Grapefruit Napoleon with Dolin Blanc Vermouth makes for a brilliant pairing.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"The menu changes every six to eight weeks, but the miniature Parker House Rolls are a staple at the restaurant."
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Karthäuserhof 1969 Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Auslese (Mosel)
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Château Musar 1974 Red (Lebanon)
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1993 La Tâche
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10 Best Wine Travel Destinations: Virginia
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Drinking Outside the Box
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