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 French Laundry

Description

The cuisine is American with French influence. The menu changes daily, and the wine suggestions shift according to day’s dishes.

Region
West
City
Yountville
State
CA
Restaurant URL
frenchlaundry.com
Menu Link
http://www.tkrg.org/upload/fl_menu.pdf
Wine List Link
http://www.tkrg.org/upload/fl_wine.pdf
Phone Number
(707) 944-2380
Open Table Link
http://www.opentable.com/the-french-laundry
Wine List Description
With more than 2,500 selections, the wine list focuses on Burgundy, California and rare bottlings, with a collection of more than 300 half bottles.
Perfect Pairing
D’Oliveiras 1973 Reserva Verdelho (Madeira), with the White Truffle-Infused Custard with Black Truffle Ragout. The smoky vanilla bean, caramel and toasted hazelnut flavors play beautifully with the Madeira-enriched truffle ragout.
Riot-Worthy Dish
Oysters & Pearls [“Sabayon” of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and White Sturgeon Caviar] has been on menu since Chef Thomas Keller purchased the restaurant.
Destination Bottle Link 1
http://buyingguide.winemag.com/wineries/domaine-romanee-conti/la-tache
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1969 La Tâche
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http://buyingguide.winemag.com/wineries/sine-qua-non
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Sine Qua Non 1998 Alban Vineyard Hospices du Rhône (Santa Barbara)
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http://buyingguide.winemag.com/wineries/chateau-petrus
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Château Pétrus 1947 Pomerol
Related Link 1
http://www.winemag.com/Wine-Enthusiast-Magazine/Web-2011/California-Winemaker-Dives/
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California Winemaker Dives
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