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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Pomp at The Resort at Paws Up


Refined ranch cuisine, featuring multicourse tasting dinners paired with wine.

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(800) 473-0601
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Wine List Description
The wine list focuses on Pacific Northwest, California and New World selections, with both well-known and obscure labels.
Perfect Pairing
Cast Iron-Seared Red Lodge MT Lamb Saddle with Creamed Kale, Charred Spring Onions and Black Garlic Jus with T-Vine’s 2005 T Meritage.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Montana in a Jar: sheep ricotta custard with baked apricots, rhubarb-rose jam and spring mint."
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8 vintages of Joseph Phelps Insignia (Napa Valley)
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Charles Smith Wines 2008 Stoneridge Vineyard Royal City Syrah (Columbia Valley)
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4 vintages of Dominus Estate (Napa Valley)
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Dude Ranch Dining
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Here I Am at Camp Sonoma
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