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 Restaurant at Meadowood


A progressive, modern American restaurant creating dishes that are an expression of place and form a balanced relationship with wine.

St. Helena
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(707) 967-1205
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Wine List Description
The wine list’s primary focus is to highlight local wines.
Perfect Pairing
‘Charred’ Bavette with Spring Onions and Black Truffles, paired with Harlan Estate’s 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Riot-Worthy Dish
As the menu changes in tandem with the season’s bounty, there isn’t a signature dish.
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Harlan Estate 2007 Red (Napa Valley), 375 ml
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Screaming Eagle 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)
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Barbeito 1863 Bual (Madeira)
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Auction Napa Valley Raises Large Sum
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Travel Destination: Napa Valley, California
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2013 Restaurant Features

Game On

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Pizza Party

Wine-friendly pizzas offer diners a slice of heaven.

New York's Sommeliers Pour Local

Many of Manhattan’s best restaurants aren’t just about eating local, but drinking local wines, too.

Element of Surprise

Whether menus change daily, weekly or monthly—or cease to be presented to diners at all—eating at these restaurants is nothing less than a thrill.
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