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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Restaurant August


Contemporary French cuisine with two wine-driven nightly degustation menus (available with wine pairings).

New Orleans
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(504) 299-9777
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The wine program is menu-based, highlighting Burgundy. “It’s a go-to region more than any other; it works beautifully with the food,” says Erin White, sommelier. With limited space in the cellar, selections are changed seasonally, though California Cabernets are available “for those that don’t want anything else,” she adds.
Perfect Pairing
Persillade-Crusted Oysters with Creole Cream Cheese and Bacon Dumplings, Crispy Pork Belly and Green Garlic, with Domaine Weinbach’s 2010 Clos de Capucin Cuvée Theo Gewürztraminer from Alsace.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Crabmeat and Truffle Gnocchi."
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Domaine François Cotat 2010 Les Monts Damnés (Sancerre)
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Domaine Billard-Gonnet 2009 Rugiens Bas Premier Cru (Pommard)
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Domaine François Cotat 2010 Les Monts Damnés (Sancerre)
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Pairings: Oysters Galore
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Recipe: Beignets
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