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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Talula’s Garden


The wine list is composed of eco-friendly and seasonally appropriate selections, complementing the restaurant’s elegant, seasonal fare.

In addition to a stellar wine list, Talula's Garden grows vegetables and herbs in an onsite garden to infuse dishes and drinks. Read more about their garden and get The Suncatcher cocktail recipe.

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(215) 592-7787
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Talula’s Garden sources wines that are green, ranging from simply nature-friendly to fully certified organic. “We collect wines that have a story, a mission and taste delicious now,” says Aimee Olexy, chef and co-owner.
Perfect Pairing
Willakenzie Estate’s 2009 Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley paired with the Organic Sea Whistle Salmon with Saffron Braised Artichokes, Fennel Cream and Crispy Salmon Skin
Riot-Worthy Dish
"The Master Collection is a tasting of eight rare, ripe and tempered farmstead cheeses served with handmade, seasonal accouterments and crisps."
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Louis Konstantin Guntrum 2010 Louis Scheurebe (Rheinhessen)
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Lioco 2010 Chardonnay (Sonoma)
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Brewer-Clifton 2009 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)
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