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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Chef Casey Lane’s cuisine is defined as American with an Italian bent.

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Centered on Italian and French wines, the wine program mostly offers bottlings from small producers who follow the “lutte raisonnée” philosophy.
Perfect Pairing
The spicy notes and integrated tannins of Château Revelette’s 2000 Le Gran Rouge from Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence marries with the Lasagnette Bolognese’s ragu and textured pasta.
Riot-Worthy Dish
Bucatini all’Amatriciana, with handmade pasta, house conserva and guanciale.
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Schiavenza 2004 Bricco Cerretta (Barolo)
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Domaine Dugat-Py 2002 Charmes-Chambertin
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Domaine Arena 2009 Patrimonio Carco (Corsica)
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Pesto Three Ways
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A Sommelier Spotlight on Italy
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