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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crush wine bistro & cellar


Crush creates comfort food using classic technique and locavore mentality.

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(907) 865-9198
Wine List Description
The wine list is comprised of “Groovy Juice in all its incarnations,” explains Robert de Lucia, owner and general manager.
Perfect Pairing
Our best pairing is watching someone “get it” for the first time. Watching that realization is not only gratifying, but the foundation of our business.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Meatloaf au Foie Gras & Mashers or Alaskan Niçoise with Salmon Confit."
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Domaine de Trevallon 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah (Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhône)
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Machherndl 2010 Kollmütz Grüner Veltliner Federspiel (Wachau)
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Elizabeth Hurley's Salmon Tartare
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