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 diverse 3,500-plus bottle collection allows for a plethora of possibilities when pairing wine with the seasonally driven, contemporary American menu.

Veritas also specializes in large-format bottles. Read more about their various oversized choices, which promise to add drama to any meal.

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New York City
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The wine program focuses on classic wine regions—including Rhône, Burgundy, Bordeaux, California and Italy—while also paying attention to more obscure and lesser-known areas.
Perfect Pairing
“It really depends on the expectations of the guest. We truly love to make recommendations from our deep selection of Châteauneuf-du-Pape with many of our dishes.”
Riot-Worthy Dish
"The Wooly Pig: a maple-brined Mangalitsa pork loin served over wilted bibb lettuce, charred tomatoes and a braised pork croquette."
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Château Lafite-Rothschild 1959 Pauillac
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Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé 1953 Musigny
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Henri Bonneau 1978 Réserve des Célestins (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
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Rhône in the USA
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Pork Loin with Cider-Madeira Sauce
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2013 Restaurant Features

Game On

Move over pork: Duck is the new darling of America’s hottest restaurants, and it scores big with playful wine pairings from Rioja to the Rhône.

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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