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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Italian-influenced “carb-centric” fare, with domestically sourced ingredients. 

Get Graffiato's Smoky Octopus with Garlic Potatoes and Corn Relish recipe.

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Wine List Description
The mostly domestic list offers nearly 60 wines by the glass, with East Coast selections highlighted. California and Oregon are also represented, along with a smattering of Italian wines.
Perfect Pairing
Wood Oven-Roasted Octopus with Romesco Sauce, Kalamata Olives, Piquillo Peppers and Almonds makes a delicious partner for Casa Larga 2010 Dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"The pepperoni sauce served with housemade flatbread for dipping is the restaurant’s signature dish—Chef Mike Isabella made it famous on Bravo’s Top Chef All Stars."
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Château Grand Traverse 2010 Ship of Fools (Old Mission Peninsula)
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Sawtooth 2008 Tempranillo (Snake River Valley)
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Zocker 2010 Grüner Veltliner (Edna Valley)
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Photo courtesy of Greg Powers
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Element of Surprise

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