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 Ashby Inn & Restaurant


The progressive farm-to-table menu changes daily in concert with available produce sources from farms located one hour from the restaurant. Five- and seven-course tasting menus are available. Wine is viewed as a key component of the dining experience, and the menu is specifically designed to support this view.

In addition to a stellar wine list, The Ashby Inn & Restaurant grows vegetables and herbs in an onsite garden to infuse dishes and drinks. Read more about their garden.

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Wine List Description
The wine program seeks to support small-scale, family-run programs with a sustainable bent from around the globe, with a particular focus on local Virginia producers.
Perfect Pairing
At one winemaker dinner, an oaky Linden Vineyards’s 2009 Hardscrabble Chardonnay was paired with a risotto-like barley smoked over wine-barrel oak chips, served with toasted sunflower seeds and crisped chicken skin.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Instead of a signature dish, the eatery has a signature purveyor—Martin’s Angus Beef of the Plains. “Their beef is the finest grass-fed and grain-finished found anywhere, and lends itself to beautiful pairings with many Bordeaux blends produced locally,” says Neal J. Wavra, innkeeper and sommelier."
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Linden Vineyards 2003 Bittersweet (Virginia)
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6 vintages of Chateau Musar (Lebanon)
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RdV Vineyards 2009 Lost Mountain (Virginia)
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