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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Husk Restaurant


Regional cuisine with locally sourced ingredients leaves room for freedom to explore nontraditional wine pairings.

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(843) 577-2500
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The wine list focuses on wines and producers that define their regions.
Perfect Pairing
Though the menu and dishes change daily, the Strawberry Buttermilk Soup with Asher blue cheese cream and beautiful garnishes, including beet extract, is paired with the François Pinon’s 2009 Cuvée Tradition Vouvray.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"The cornbread."
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Château Redortier 2004 Gigondas
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Peter Dipoli 2001 Iugum Red (Alto Adige)
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Marc Colin 2005 Vieilles Vignes (Santenay)
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Oyster and Cornbread
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Decode the Wines of the Loire Valley
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2013 Restaurant Features

Game On

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Element of Surprise

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