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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Emeril’s Restaurant


Eclectic, “New New Orleans” cuisine. Although the menu abounds with tempting dishes in many styles, the roots of each is usually in the Creole genre, crafted using the very best ingredients from Louisiana and beyond.

New Orleans
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(504) 528-9393
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Wine List Description
The wine list is renowned for its depth and balance, with over 1,525 selections (many from California, Burgundy, Rhône, Bordeaux, Germany and Austria). There are 325 bottles priced below $100, over 100 below $50 and 24 selections available by the glass.
Perfect Pairing
The Sorghum Smoked Duck Breast with “Dirty” Fregola Sarda, Red Cabbage Choucroute and Truffle Pâté pairs well with Château de Beaucastel’s earthy, powerful 2009 Coudoulet de Beaucastel.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"The Yellowfin Tuna & Grilled Fresh Bacon Butter Lettuce Wraps that combine sushi-grade Ahi tuna and pork belly."
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R. López de Heredia 1988 Viña Tondonia Bianco Reserva (Rioja)
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Kosta Browne 2009 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)
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Montes 2009 Purple Angel Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)
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Big Love for the Big Easy
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Recipe: Blackeyed Pea and Pork Gumbo
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2013 Restaurant Features

Game On

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Element of Surprise

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