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 Rainbow Ranch Lodge


Rustic Montana cuisine, incorporating classical techniques with an artisanal focus. The restaurant cures meats in-house, bakes bread from scratch and ages specialty cocktails in whiskey barrels.

Read an exclusive Q&A with Matthew Fritz, Executive Chef of Rainbow Ranch Lodge and get his famous Wild Boar Terrine with Port and Northwest Cherries recipe.

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(406) 995-4132
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Wine List Description
The wine list offers some 200 labels with a strong focus on the Northwestern U.S., though wines from the major regions of the world are also represented.
Perfect Pairing
Paul Hobbs’s 2006 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley complements the Mesquite-Grilled Montana Bison Tenderloin from the kitchen’s wood-fired grill.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"The signature dish is Foie Benedict, comprised of butter-poached lobster, foie gras torchon, house-cured lamb prosciutto with truffle hollandaise and a sunny-side-up quail egg paired with Salon’s 1997 Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil Brut Champagne."
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Horizontal tasting of Ken Wright Cellars’s 2009 Savoya Vineyard Pinot Noirs
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Shafer 2007 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District)
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3 vintages of Domaine Tempier La Tourtine (Bandol)
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Washington Wine Country for the Insider
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Esteemed Wine Escapes
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