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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graham elliot


Contemporary American cuisine, reflecting classic cooking techniques with playful presentations.

Get graham elliot's Butter-Poached Lobster with Whipped Lobster Butter, Gelée of Lemon Vinegar, Tarragon and Chervil recipe.

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Eclectic in scope, the wine list and pairing options consist of vintage, Old World and New World varietals from unsung regions of Italy, France, Spain and the U.S. that complement the restaurant’s three tasting menus.
Perfect Pairing
Jidori Chicken, served with charred spring garlic, melted Vidalia onions and a blueberry gastrique, paired with Ogier’s 2006 La Rosine Syrah from the Rhône Valley. “The smoke, dark plum and pepper notes in the wine just sing with the charred flavors and blueberry on the dish,” says Kluz.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"One of the most popular dishes is The Carbonara, served with pappardelle, guanciale, and egg. “Guests enjoy the experience of seeing the ingredients uniquely deconstructed and plated on the dish, then combine them to recreate the familiar flavors of pasta carbonara,” says Jamie Kluz, general manager and sommelier."
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Cayuse 2008 God Only Knows (Walla Walla Valley)
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Salon 1999 Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut (Champagne)
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Walla Walla Getaway
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