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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Wit & Wisdom, A Tavern by Michael Mina


American cuisine inspired by the Mid-Atlantic region and focused on the Eastern seaboard’s culinary heritage.

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(410) 576-5800
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Wine List Description
The wine list is New World focused, featuring many of the best American winemakers with an emphasis on small, hard-to-find productions.
Perfect Pairing
The herbs in the gunpowder bison tartare bring the St. André Figuière Rosé from Provence to life, creating a synergistic experience.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Amish Rabbit Boudin and Country-Fried Loin (featuring three completely unique preparations and textures of rabbit) is the restaurant’s signature dish."
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Cayuse 2009 En Cerise Syrah (Walla Walla Valley)
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La Rioja Alta 2001 Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial (Rioja)
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Jérôme Prevost NV La Closerie Les Beguines Extra Brut (Champagne)
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Recipe: Braised Rabbit and Fennel Parpardelle
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Winery Chefs' Spring Time Dinner
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