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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Seasonal, new American cuisine, with a focus on locally sourced ingredients.

Get the Pago burger recipe, the restaurant's riot-worthy dish.

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Salt Lake City
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(801) 532-0777
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Wine List Description
Hand-selected by owner Scott Evans, the wine list focuses on small production, sustainable wines, with 20 wines by the glass to match 20 seasonal menu selections.
Perfect Pairing
A favorite pairing at Pago is a mineral-driven, high-acid white wine like Marco Carpineti’s Moro paired with Mussels in a Tomato-Fennel Broth, served with grilled bread.
Riot-Worthy Dish
Classic dishes include the Pago Burger, with brown sugar bacon and the housemade gnocchi.
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Frank Cornelissen NV Contadino 8 Red (Etna)
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Bedrock 2010 Ode to Lulu Rosé of Mourvèdre (Sonoma County)
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M Squared 2004 Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley)
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Game On

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Element of Surprise

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