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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Minetta Tavern


The cuisine mixes classic European influence with New World flair, and features a wine list that complements and enhances both culinary worlds.

Read a Q&A with Alessio de Sensi, beverage director at Minetta Tavern and get their Black Label Burger recipe, made with dry-aged beef patty seared in butter and crowned with caramelized onions.

New York City
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(212) 475-3850
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Wine List Description
The wine list is an eclectic mix of classic and innovative producers from around the world, with a focus on small, organic and biodynamic producers.
Perfect Pairing
Pied de Porc Pané—crisp Berkshire pig’s trotter with Dijon mustard, lentils, and herb salad—with Marcelle Lapierre’s 2010 Morgon.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Two destination points on the menu are Les Grillades, which features a variety of dry-aged meats, as well as the Black Label Burger."
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Domaine l’Anglore 2010 Tavel
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Teutonic Wine Company 2010 Laurel Vineyard Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains)
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Domaine Cecile Tremblay 2007 Chapelle-Chambertin
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Chef Hubert Keller's $5000 Burger
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Bonne Année Brunch
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