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 at Auberge du Soleil


Wine country cuisine that highlights the natural diversity of Napa Valley, accented with Mediterranean flavors.

Get the restaurant's recipe for Asparagus with Poached Egg, Hamachi and Tapenade, a guest favorite.

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(707) 963-1211
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Wine List Description
Sommelier Kris Margerum’s wine list focuses on California wines, and is purported to be the largest and most extensive list in Napa Valley.
Perfect Pairing
In Cabernet country, there are a couple of perfect pairings—anything with bacon and veal, or perhaps a prime beef pavé,” says Kris Margerum, wine director. “The ultimate Auberge pairing is a summer sunset, a local sparkling wine and California caviar.
Riot-Worthy Dish
Chef Robert Curry’s handmade Potato Gnocchi, served with wild mushrooms, pea shoots, black truffles and Parmesan nage, is the signature dish, offered either as a standalone vegetarian dish or paired with lamb.
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Screaming Eagle 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
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Kapcsandy Family Winery 2008 Grand Vin Cabernet Sauvignon (Yountville)
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Dana Estates 2007 Lotus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
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Asparagus with Poached Egg, Hamachi and Tapenade Pairs with a Blanc de Noirs
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Wine Country Cooking
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