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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Shareable small plates and locally sourced produce drive the menu, as does compatibility with a progressive wine program.

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(512) 465-9282
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The wine list is an eclectic mix of affordable wines, with a focus on European producers and organic or naturally made wines.
Perfect Pairing
Handmade Potato Gnocchi with Oxtail Ragout and Bianco Sardo with a glass of Ca’ del Sarto’s Ardente, a Sangiovese-Cabernet blend from Tuscany.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"A bowl of steamed mussels in a white wine-tarragon broth topped with hand-cut fries drizzled in aioli."
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A.A. Badenhorst 2011 Secateurs Chenin Blanc (Swartland)
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Chateau Musar 2002 Red (Lebanon)
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Château Peyrassol 2010 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)
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Cambodian Style Prince Edward Island Mussels
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The Hill Towns of Tuscany
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