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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Wine drives the food menu by enhancing the cuisine. The cuisine is defined as California Contemporary, drawing influences from French and modern Catalan cooking.

Read a Q&A with David Kinch, chef-proprietor, and Jeff Bareilles, wine and beverage director, of Manresa

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Los Gatos
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The wine program is focused on selections that complement the cuisine, allowing guests to best enjoy their dining experience.
Perfect Pairing
Into the Vegetable Garden paired with Domaine du Salvard’s Cheverny Blanc.
Riot-Worthy Dish
Into the Vegetable Garden is an edible reflection of our partnership with Love Apple Farms. The name stays the same, yet the dish is ever evolving, as the seasons dictate what produce is available.
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R. López de Heredia 1968 Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva (Rioja)
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J.-F. Coche-Dury 2004 Corton-Charlemagne
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Mount Eden Vineyards 1974 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Cruz Mountains)
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Cooking on the Edge
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Crema Catalana with Bay Leaf Buñuelos Recipe
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Photo courtesy of Mark Holthusen
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