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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Craigie on Main

Pig Roasts
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(617) 497-5511
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The wine team strives to select “real wine by real people,” focusing on small-batch producers and wines that are as unadulterated as possible.
Perfect Pairing
“We absolutely don’t believe in perfect pairings. We love amazing food and amazing wine,” says Carl York, general manager. But after some probing, both Carl York and chef-proprietor Tony Maws give a nod to the Fried Smelts with Squid Ink Aioli paired with Cédric Bouchard’s Inflorescence Champagne.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Confit and Roasted Milk-Fed Pig’s Head with Peking Pancakes, Spicy Pumpkin Sambal and Boudin Noir-Hoisin Sauce (for two)."
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Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg 2003 Vosne Romanée
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Joh.Jos. Prüm 2002 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer)
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Vouette & Sorbée NV Cuvée Fidèle Extra Brut (Champagne)
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Barbequed Artichokes with Spicy Aioli
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In an Indian Pickle
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2013 Restaurant Features

Game On

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Element of Surprise

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