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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SHO Shaun Hergatt


The wine list accompanies Chef Hergatt’s modern French fare with wines that enhance the culinary experience using traditional and regional pairing methods.

New York City
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(212) 809-3993
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Wine List Description
Focusing on small-lot producers that exhibit balance, quality and typicity, the wine list exposes guests to the innovations of the wine world.
Perfect Pairing
The complex textures and acidity in the Petuna Ocean Trout dish pair well with a crisp, yet lasting Pinot Blanc from Burgenland, Austria.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Salt-Pressed Petuna Ocean Trout with flavors of Japanese Nashi Pear and Philippine Kalamansi."
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Château Pétrus 1952 Pomerol, Magnum
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Domaine Saint Préfert 2009 Réserve Auguste Favier (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
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Skylark 2007 Alondra Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
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The Chef & Sommelier’s Guide To Memorable Wine-Food Pairings
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Rhône in the USA
Photo Credit
Photo courtesy of Kay Bryant
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