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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The cuisine could best be described as “luxury seafood.”

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The list highlights fine white wines, focusing on classic regions like Burgundy (with 100 white Burgundies) and the Mosel.
Perfect Pairing
The chef’s take on bouillabaisse, paired with Clos du Mont-Olivet’s 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc. The blend of grapes caters to the multiple varieties of fish in the stew, while the body of the wine stands up to the broth.”
Riot-Worthy Dish
"The Tuna Tartare: A bed of Hawaiian sushi-grade tuna tartare gently submerged by tomato water gelée is complemented by avocado and finished with caviar pearls and sesame seeds."
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20 vintages of Krug Champagne
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4 vintages of Trimbach Clos Ste Hune Riesling (Alsace)
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Château Mouton Rothschild 1990 Pauillac
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Pairings: Fish as an Ingredient
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Travel Destination: Mosel Valley, Germany
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