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

Description

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.

Region
West
New to List
Yes
City
St. Helena
State
CA
Restaurant URL
presssthelena.com
Menu Link
http://www.presssthelena.com/food/dinner-menu/
Wine List Link
http://www.presssthelena.com/wine/
Phone Number
(707) 967-0550
Open Table Link
http://www.opentable.com/press
Wine List Description
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.
Destination Bottle Link 1
http://buyingguide.winemag.com/wineries/mayacamas
Destination Bottle Link Text 1
Mayacamas 1965 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mt. Veeder)
Destination Bottle Link 2
http://buyingguide.winemag.com/wineries/diamond-creek/volcanic-hill
Destination Bottle Link Text 2
Diamond Creek 1975 Volcanic Hill (Diamond Mountain)
Destination Bottle Link Text 3
Inglenook 1963 Cask C-3 (Rutherford)
Related Link 1
http://www.winemag.com/Wine-Enthusiast-Magazine/Web-2012/Napa-Cabs-30-Under-30/
Related Link Text 1
Napa Cabs 30 Under $30
Related Link 2
http://www.winemag.com/Wine-Enthusiast-Magazine/June-2006/Hidden-Napa-Valley/
Related Link Text 2
Hidden Napa Valley

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