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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Northern Spanish tapas are the strengths of this wine-focused restaurant.

Get Estadio's Tortilla Española recipe.

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Wine List Description
With more than 400 labels, this all-Spanish wine list focuses on indigenous varietals and terroir-driven wines, with bottles at a variety of price points.
Perfect Pairing
Traditional Reserva Rioja, particularly the La Rioja Alta 2005 Viña Alberdi Reserva, paired with the Tortilla Española is a perfect pairing. The tortilla plays off the savory creaminess of the herbal, cherry-colored wine.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"The signature dish is Tortilla Española—a prime example of the cooking and eating philosophy in Spain, where simple dishes are made using fresh ingredients."
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Marqués de Murrieta 1952 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial (Rioja)
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Dominio de Pingus 1995 Pingus (Ribera del Duero)
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Ameztoi 2011 Rubentis (Getariako Txakolina)
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