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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Plume at the Jefferson Hotel


Contemporary American cuisine inspired by the techniques of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

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(202) 448-2300
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The wine program includes 1,300 labels, selections from more than a dozen countries and 50 vintages, including rarities that Thomas Jefferson himself enjoyed.
Perfect Pairing
The Mediterranean Rouget with Grilled Watermelon, Fennel, Octopus and Orange Reduction with Yves Cuilleron’s 2010 Condrieu. The 100% Viognier complements the melon and orange reduction perfectly.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"The restaurant’s most popular dish is the Maryland Blue Crab Risotto, an homage to the region’s love affair with crab."
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François Raveneau 2007 Valmur Grand Cru (Chablis)
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François Raveneau 1996 Montée de Tonnerre Premier Cru (Chablis)
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H.M. Borges 1780 Bual (Madeira)
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Recipe: Maryland Crab Cakes
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Red Beet Risotto with Crème Fraîche and Dill
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