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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Crabtree's Kittle House Restaurant and Inn


The modern American cuisine is marked with international influence, featuring sustainable and organic products as well as biodynamically farmed wines from around the world.

New York City
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With a focus on the world’s greatest winemakers, the wine collection pays homage to the men and women believed to craft the finest bottlings.
Perfect Pairing
Caramelized Day-Boat Gulf of Maine Sea Scallops on Sunchoke Confit with Celery and Truffle Emulsion paired with Hartford Family Winery’s Hartford Court 2007 Stone Côte Vineyard Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"A chocolate lover’s dream come true, the Warm Valrhona Chocolate Pastry “Gift” has become a legend at the Kittle House."
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20 Vintages of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti’s Romanee-Conti
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22 Vintages Domaine de la Romanee-Conti’s La Tache
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20 Vintages Domaine de la Romanee-Conti’s Richebourg
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Winemaking Between Two Worlds
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Recipe: Four Citrus Sea Scallops with Cucumber
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