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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Chef Daniel Boulud and Sommelier Raj Vaidya consider the pleasures of wine and food inseparable. DANIEL’s contemporary French cuisine is seasonally inspired, based on French tradition and regional American ingredients.

New York City
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The 2,500-selection wine list includes a vertical of Château Latour from 1945–1990. DANIEL is purported to have the deepest Burgundy collection in New York City.
Perfect Pairing
Sweet Maine Shrimp-Crusted Halibut, with Garbanzo Beans, Thaï Basil, Saffron Potato and Chorizo Emulsion, paired with Domaine J.L. Chave’s white Hermitage.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Duo of Beef: Braised Black Angus Short Ribs with Lentil Coulis and Seared Wagyu Tenderloin with Roasted Beets and Black Trumpet Mushrooms."
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1978 Romanée-Conti
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Domaine Comte Abbatucci NV Barbarossa Ajaccio (Corsica)
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Noël Verset 1990 Cornas
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Spicy Dry Rubbed Short Ribs
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Photo courtesy of MH Turkell
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