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 Barn at Blackberry Farm


When crafting dishes, The Barn “leaves room” for wine. Its cuisine is often referred to as “Foothills Cuisine,” or modern Southern.

In addition to a stellar wine list, The Barn at Blackberry Farm grows vegetables and herbs in an onsite garden to infuse dishes and drinks. Read more about their garden.

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(865) 984-8166
Wine List Description
The wine cellar offers 160,000 bottles to accommodate any interest or taste, but Rhône and Burgundy varieties best complement Foothills Cuisine.
Perfect Pairing
Pencil Cob Grits, with Tennessee black truffles and a farm egg yolk paired with Château Rayas’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape. “It should be illegal, it’s that delicious.”
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Guinea Hen and Dumplings, based on a recipe from the chef’s grandmother."
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Domaine du Pégau 2003 Cuvée Inspiration (Châteauneuf-du-Pape), Magnum
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Alban Vineyards 1999 Seymour’s Vineyard Syrah (Edna Valley)
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Henri Jayer 1997 Cros-Parantoux (Vosne-Romanée), Magnum
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