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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Commander’s Palace


Haute Creole cuisine. “Wine has been a fundamental element of the Commander’s experience, we strive to make it approachable and fun, while having an awe-worthy cellar,” says Wine Guy Dan Davis.

New Orleans
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The cellar offers extensive vertical offerings from France, Italy, and America, with up-and-coming producers also available.
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“We believe strongly that wine and food can pair perfectly only in the context of a fabulous overall experience—more finesse than technical pairing,” says Davis.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Turtle Soup spiked with Sherry and Bread Pudding Soufflé have been signature dishes for decades. “To say our customers would be angry if they were taken off the menu is an understatement,” says Davis."
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Château Cos d’Estournel 1928 St.-Estèphe
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Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé 1945 Musigny
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Domaine Skouras 2010 Moschofilero (Peloponnese)
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Sherry Bomb
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Bonne Année Brunch
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