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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Portland City Grill


Steakhouse cuisine with a Northwest- and Asian-inspired seafood menu.

Get the Short Rib Ravioli with Black Plum Chili Sauce recipe.

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The wine list showcases elegant Oregon Pinot Noirs, the wonderful wines of Washington State and other finds from around the world.
Perfect Pairing
Owen Roe Chapel Block Syrah matched up with Shredded Duck Confit, Chèvre and Huckleberry Compote. “The pairing was so good the chef and I almost cried,” says Chris Fronsoe, manager and beverage director.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Crispy Kung-Pao Calamari is a menu staple."
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Maison Bleue 2010 Petite Joie Boushey Vineyard Marsanne (Yakima Valley)
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Domaine Serene 1999 Grace Vineyard Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)
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Catena Zapata 2007 Nicasia Vineyard Malbec (Mendoza)
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Element of Surprise

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