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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Food and wine work in tandem at Crown, with dishes that are modern twists on classics, expressing nuanced flavors and balanced textures.

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New York City
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The majority of the selections are small-batch wines, made from organically, biodynamically or sustainably grown grapes.
Perfect Pairing
Roasted Veal Loin with a Madeira-Green Peppercorn Sauce, paired with the spicy, yet supple Château des Tours’s 2004 Vacqueyras.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Silk Handkerchief Pasta with White Bolognese, hazelnuts, black truffles."
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Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé 2003 Bourgogne Blanc
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Domaine Gramenon 2009 Les Laurentides (Côtes du Rhône Villages)
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Giacomo Conterno 1990 Monfortino Riserva (Barolo)
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Artichokes Stuffed with Escargots de Bourgogne
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Fare Play: John DeLucie
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