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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Congress

Region
South
New to List
Yes
City
Austin
State
TX
Restaurant URL
congressaustin.com
Menu Link
http://congressaustin.com/congress/cuisine/
Wine List Link
http://congressaustin.com/menus/congress/wine.pdf
Phone Number
(512) 827-2760
Open Table Link
http://www.opentable.com/congress
Wine List Description
The focus of the wine program is to “comply with the philosophy of the food: high-end, quality-driven, unique and fun,” says June Rodil, beverage director. The list features Récoltant-Manipulant (RM) Champagnes, Burgundies and trophy wines from Napa.
Perfect Pairing
Seared Sea Scallops with Jicama Salad, Coconut Cream, Cocoa Nib and Chocolate Mint is perfectly paired with Zilliken’s Estate Riesling from the Mosel.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"White Lobster Bisque with Smoked Tomato Jam, topped with a Lobster Ricotta Fritter—served tableside."
Destination Bottle Link 1
http://buyingguide.winemag.com/wineries/henri-goutorbe
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Henri Goutorbe 2002 Special Club Brut Grand Cru (Champagne)
Destination Bottle Link 2
http://buyingguide.winemag.com/catalog/egon-muller-2008-scharzhof-riesling-mosel-saar-ruwer
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Egon Müller 2008 Scharzhof Riesling (Mosel)
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Domaine Leroy 2004 Vosne-Romanée
Related Link 1
http://www.winemag.com/Wine-Enthusiast-Magazine/Recipes/Recipe-Index/index.php/name/Scallop-Carpaccio-with-Champagne-Vinaigrette-and-Black-Truffle-Oil/record/3875/
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Scallop Carpaccio with Champagne Vinaigrette and Black Truffle Oil
Related Link 2
http://www.winemag.com/Wine-Enthusiast-Magazine/November-2008/Destination-Texas-Hill-Country/
Related Link Text 2
Destination: Texas Hill Country
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