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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Woodberry Kitchen


A seasonal menu highlighting the dishes and ingredients of the Chesapeake.

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(410) 464-800
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Wine List Description
The wine list aims to provide exposure for regional wines, specifically Maryland and Virginia, followed by organic and biodynamic wines from Europe and South America.
Perfect Pairing
Black Ankle Vineyards’s Grüner Veltliner works perfectly with Uncle Ernie’s Tangier Sound Oysters and Snake Oil hot sauce.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"The ‘CMP’ dessert—malt ice cream, chocolate sauce, marshmallow fluff and wet peanuts—was highlighted on the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate and has become a staple of the menu."
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Nicolas Joly 2009 Clos de la Bergerie (Savennières)
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Honig 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
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Black Ankle Vineyards 2009 Crumbling Rock Red Wine (Maryland)
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Wrapped Oyster Fritters with Apple-Mint Chutney and Passion Fruit Sauce
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Recipe: Maryland Crab Cakes
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