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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five & ten


The cuisine is “Old World meets New South.” Two different three-course prix fixe menus with optional wine pairings are offered every night.

Read a Q&A with Hugh Acheson, chef/partner of five & ten.

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(703) 546-7300
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Wine List Description
The list demonstrates a particular interest in Piedmont, Burgundy and German Riesling.
Perfect Pairing
“Lately, we’ve been sending regulars a little sliver of Foie Gras Torchon and Shaved Oregon Truffle on Brioche along with a sip of 2007 Von Hövel Scharzhofberg Spätlese Riesling,” says Steve Grubbs, sommelier.
Riot-Worthy Dish
Chef/Partner Hugh Acheson’s Spinach Salad, with spiced pecans, sliced pear, blue cheese and shallot-thyme vinaigrette, is still a hit after 12 years.
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Domaine Maume 2000 Mazis-Chambertin
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Occhipinti 2009 Siccagno Nero d’Avola (Sicilia)
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Schloss Schönborn 1988 Erbacher Marcobrunn Riesling Spätlese (Rheingau)
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Wine Roads of Sicily
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