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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Marc Forgione


The New American cuisine is internationally inspired, using locally sourced ingredients when possible. The wine list changes seasonally with the food: whites and rosés in the warmer months; robust, full-bodied reds in the winter.

Get Marc Forgione's Watermelon Soup with Crab Ceviche recipe.

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New York City
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(212) 941-9401
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Wine List Description
The wine list highlights producers who respect the land and the value of the fruit. The wines are true to their terroir, with little intervention by man.
Perfect Pairing
A popular pairing is Alain Gueneau’s 2009 Sancerre Rouge with Halibut en Croute, Cauliflower, Golden Raisins, Hazelnuts and Sauce Proposal.
Riot-Worthy Dish
“Roughly three months after introducing our Chicken Under a Brick for two, [Marc Forgione] took it off for an evening and three tables protested at the front desk. It went on the next day and has never come off in three years,” says Matthew Conway, general manager and sommelier.
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Domaine Félines Jourdan 2010 Picpoul de Pinet (Languedoc)
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Alain Gueneau 2009 Sancerre Rouge
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1996 Richebourg
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Russian River Valley Pinot Noir: The Triumph of Terroir
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