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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Frontera Grill & Topolobampo


Authentic Mexican cuisine. “Our goal is to change people’s minds about wine with Mexican food,” says Jill Gubesch, beverage director.

Read a Q&A with Jill Gubesch, wine director of Frontera Grill & Topolobampo.

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(312) 661-1434
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Wine List Description
The wine list focuses on small producers making handcrafted wines. The list is at least 75% from biodynamic, organic or sustainable vineyards.
Perfect Pairing
Ceviches with Champagne. Or, at Topolo, the Slow-Roasted Suckling Pig Chop, Green Chile Rajas and Habanero-Pickled Red Onion with Bodegas Muga’s 2004 Prado Enea Gran Reserva Rioja.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"In Frontera Grill, the signature dish is Carne Asada a la Oaxaqueña. In Topolo, it’s Sopa Azteca."
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Didier Dagueneau 2004 Silex (Pouilly-Fumé)
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Bodegas Vega-Sicilia NV Unico Reserva Especial (Ribera del Duero)
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Paralelo 2008 Ensamble Colina BA (Guadalupe Valley)
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Mesquite-Smoked Grilled Turkey Pairs with a Brazilian Sparkler
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Frontera’s Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
Photo Credit
Rick Bayless courtesy of R_Elledge
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