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


French-meets-Texan cuisine.

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(713) 439-1000
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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."
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Château Chasse-Spleen 1990 Moulis-en-Médoc
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Peter Michael 2009 Ma Danseuse Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)
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Domaine Dujac 2009 Charmes-Chambertin
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Destination: Texas Hill Country
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Wine 101: Pairing Red Wine with Fish
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