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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La Belle Vie


French-Mediterranean cuisine featuring five- and eight-course tasting menus.

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(612) 874-6440
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The wine program highlights wine with integrity and individuality, such as grower Champagnes and Sherries, while also paying homage to certain producers and countries, like Fichet and Austria.
Perfect Pairing
Wild Acres Poussin with Pork Belly in Porcini Broth paired with La Cigarrera’s Manzanilla Sherry. Owner and Beverage Director William Summerville calls it “a salty, liquid-on-liquid umami dance.”
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Locally raised foie gras from Au Bon Canard with seasonal accompaniments."
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Larmandier-Bernier 2004 Vieille Vignes de Cramant Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut (Champagne)
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Alvaro Palacios 2002 Finca Dofí (Priorat)
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Domaine Leroy 2003 Les Perrières Premier Cru (Meursault)
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2013 Restaurant Features

Game On

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Element of Surprise

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