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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The cuisine is Northern Californian, with Italian and French influences.

San Francisco
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Northern Italian selections make up the core of the wine program, with a strong selection of Burgundy, Rhône, Champagne and domestic bottlings.
Perfect Pairing
Spot Prawns steamed in a squash blossom with Trombocino squash purée, Pachino tomato and fino verde basil, paired with Köfererhof’s 2010 Valle Isarco Sylvaner.
Riot-Worthy Dish
The Raviolo di Ricotta is a Piemontese-inspired dish that features a large, singular raviolo stuffed with housemade ricotta cheese, topped with a farm egg and finished with brown butter.
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Giacomo Conterno 1961 Riserva (Barolo)
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Guiseppe Quinterelli 2000 Amarone
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Palari 2000 Faro — Jeroboam
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Monterey Bay Spot Prawns with Garden Zucchini Recipe
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Italy's Other Half
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