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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Del Posto


Regional, modern Italian cuisine.

New York City
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(212) 497-8090
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The wine program represents the greatness, history and beauty of the Italian wine culture. The world’s greatest sparkling wine region, Champagne, contributes to the list’s diversity.
Perfect Pairing
Orecchiette with Lamb Neck Ragu, Orange Carrots, Rye Crumbs and Toasted Sage paired with Cefalicchio’s Romanico Nero di Troia.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Yesterday’s 100 Layer Lasagna."
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Giacomo Conterno 1978 Monfortino Riserva (Barolo)
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Tenuta San Guido 1985 Sassicaia
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Jacques Selosse NV Substance Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut (Champagne)
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Eataly Meets Fifth Aveune
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Open-Faced Lasagna
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