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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Hot and Hot Fish Club


Seasonal, contemporary American cuisine with Southern influences.

Get the Hot and Hot Tomato Salad recipe.

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The wine list is versatile to complement the changing menu, with no specific regional focus. “Small production equals more personality,” says Chris Hastings, chef/owner. “Our diverse bottle list and a by-the-glass list meanders to fit seasonal cuisine.”
Perfect Pairing
Saffron Dough Housemade Ravioli with Ricotta and Pork Sausage served in a corn broth with fresh vegetables and lemon with Château d’Epire’s 2010 Savennières.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"The Hot and Hot Tomato Salad with Fresh Field Peas, Corn, Crispy Cacon, Golden-fried Okra and Chive Dressing is only served when tomatoes are in season and has been a customer favorite for 15 years."
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Heitz Cellars 1974 Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)
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Donnafugata 2008 Ben Ryé (Passito di Pantelleria)
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Hirsch Vineyards 2010 Hot and Hot Cuvée Old Dodge Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)
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Element of Surprise

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