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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Lake Austin Spa Resort


Seasonal ingredient-driven cuisine, frequently sourcing items from an on-premise garden.

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(512) 372-7300
Wine List Description
The wine selection encompasses selections from California, as well as wines from France, Spain, Italy, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa. A variety of wines are available by the glass, including Champagnes.
Perfect Pairing
Blackened Atlantic Salmon is complemented by Cloudy Bay’s Pinot Noir from New Zealand.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Blackened Atlantic Salmon with Black Bean Hummus and Pickled Jalapeño Aioli."
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Joseph Phelps 2008 Insignia (Napa Valley)
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Far Niente 2009 Chardonnay (Napa Valley)
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Caymus 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
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Top Five Wine-Inspired Spa Treatments
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Travel Destination: Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand
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