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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PRESS St. Helena


When Leslie Rudd founded this restaurant with an all-Napa wine list in mind, modern steakhouse cuisine was a natural fit for such powerful reds.

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St. Helena
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(707) 967-0550
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The wine list is 100% Napa Valley, with more than 1,200 selections, emphasizing older vintages back to the 1950s.
Perfect Pairing
Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay, paired with the Kampachi Tartare; or Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, paired with the Dry-Aged USDA Prime New York Strip.
Riot-Worthy Dish
Brian Flannery Dry-Aged USDA Prime Cowboy Rib-Eye, with a side of Truffle Mac & Cheese.
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Mayacamas 1965 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mt. Veeder)
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Diamond Creek 1975 Volcanic Hill (Diamond Mountain)
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Inglenook 1963 Cask C-3 (Rutherford)
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Napa Cabs 30 Under $30
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Hidden Napa Valley
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