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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Philippe Restaurant + Lounge

Description

French-meets-Texan cuisine.

Region
South
New to List
Yes
City
Houston
State
TX
Restaurant URL
philippehouston.com
Phone Number
(713) 439-1000
Open Table Link
http://www.opentable.com/philippe-restaurant-and-lounge
Wine List Description
The wine list focuses on Burgundy and classic California Cabernets, along with Bordeaux with bottle age.
Perfect Pairing
“Fish with red wine—it works here,” says Trevino-Boyd. Monkfish accented with Niçoise olives and a chorizo vinaigrette pairs with M. Chapoutier’s Crozes-Hermitage.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"“The Burgundy Beef Cheeks dish is fork-tender, and people love the Texan flair from the side of macaroni and cheese,” says Vanessa Treviño-Boyd, beverage director and sommelier."
Destination Bottle Link 1
http://buyingguide.winemag.com/wineries/chateau-chasse-spleen
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Château Chasse-Spleen 1990 Moulis-en-Médoc
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http://buyingguide.winemag.com/wineries/peter-michael-winery
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Peter Michael 2009 Ma Danseuse Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)
Destination Bottle Link 3
http://buyingguide.winemag.com/wineries/domaine-dujac
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Domaine Dujac 2009 Charmes-Chambertin
Related Link 1
http://www.winemag.com/Wine-Enthusiast-Magazine/November-2008/Destination-Texas-Hill-Country/
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Destination: Texas Hill Country
Related Link 2
http://www.winemag.com/Wine-Enthusiast-Magazine/May-2010/Wine-101-Pairing-Red-Wine-with-Fish/
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Wine 101: Pairing Red Wine with Fish
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