Terlato Wines’ Guide to America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants

Greg Rannells

Use this guide to find a variety of wines from Terlato Wines that pair with each of the restaurant categories from the America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants.


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AMAZING LASER FOCUSED WINE LIST

With many restaurant lists shrinking, eateries are creating depth by narrowing focus, whether by region or philosophy. A bonus to this is that the staff usually has deep knowledge of the wines and how they work with the food.

Recommended Terlato Wines: 

Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz Australia

 

Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz (Australia) $29.99

Shimizu-no-mai Pure Night

 

Shimizu No Mai Pure Night Junmai Daiginjo Sake (Japan) $113.00

Ca'-Marcanda-Margari-Italy2

 

Ca’marcanda Magari (Italy) $60.00

Nonino Amaro Italy

 

Nonino Amaro (Italy) $48.99

 


CLASSIC

We’re impressed by stalwarts who don’t rest on their laurels. They stay a part of the national wine and food conversation and keep us on our toes—all without forgetting the reasons they’re beloved. These restaurants are at least a decade old.

Recommended Terlato Wines: 
Terlato Friuli Pinot Grigio Italy2

 

 Terlato Friuli Pinot Grigio (Italy) $22.99

 Rutherford Hill Merlot Napa Valley

Rutherford Hill Merlot (Napa Valley) $24.99

Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

 

Sanford Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills Santa Barbara) $34.99

David Bruce Chardonnay RRV copy

 

David Bruce Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) $38.99      

 


EXCELLENT- BY- THE- GLASS PROGRAM

Our favorite places bypass the obvious, using the friendly glass format to introduce customers to new wines, winemakers and pairings, with Coravin changing the idea of what’s even possible by the glass.

Recommended Terlato Wines: 
Seven Daughters Moscato

 

Seven Daughters Piemonte Moscato (Italy) $12.99

Belleruche-Rose2

 

Belleruche Cotes du Rhone Rosé (France) $14.99

Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco

 

Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco (Italy) $19.99

Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc

 

Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand) $22.99


NEW & NOTEWORTHY

New restaurants always excite us, whether helmed by emerging chefs or dynamic ventures by well-known names. These spots have all opened since the beginning of 2015 and we can’t wait to see how they continue to influence the national scene.

Recommended Terlato Wines: 

Cusumano Nero D'Avola

 

Cusumano Nero D’Avola (Sicily, Italy) $12.99

Conde Valdemar Crianza2

 

Conde Valdemar Crianza (Spain) $14.99

Federalist Lodi Zinfandel2

 

The Federalist Zinfandel (Lodi, CA) $17.99

Cuarto Dominio Chento Malbec

 

Cuarto Dominio Chento Malbec (Argentina) $19.99

 


NOT TO BE MISSED

These restaurants range from much-fêted destinations to outstanding lesser-known neighborhood joints, but all are jewels that wine and food lovers would be remiss to miss.

Recommended Terlato Wines: 

Cecchi Chianti Classico Riserva

 

Cecchi Chianti Classico Riserva (Italy) $36.99

Piper-Heidsieck Brut copy2

 

Piper-Heidsieck Brut (France) $44.99

2M. Chapoutier La Bernadine Chateauf-du-Pape

 

M. Chapoutier La Bernadine Chateauf-du-Pape (France) $60.00

IL Poggione Brunello di Montalcino

 

Il Poggione Brunello de Montalcino (France) $80.00

 


STANDOUT TASTING MENU EXPERIENCE

Love the trend or not, restaurants are increasingly asking diners to put all their trust in the chef and sommelier with tasting-menu-only formats. The best of these offer both versatile bottle lists and innovative, exciting pairings.

Recommended Terlato Wines: 

Boutari Santorini

 

Boutari Santorini (Greece) $27.99

Anselmi San Vincenzo2

 

Anselmi San Vincenzo (Italy) $17.99

Protea_Chenin Blanc

 

Protea Chenin Blanc (South Africa) $17.99

Wairau River Pinot Gris Cap

 

Wairau River Pinot Gris (New Zealand) $19.99

 


UPGRADED STEAKHOUSES

At old and new places alike, we love seeing the dogma around steakhouse pairing fall to the wayside. These restaurants not only showcase top-quality meat, but also feature unheralded cuts and unique side dishes.

Recommended Terlato Wines: 

HANNA Cabernet Sauvignon copy

 

Hanna Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley) $42.99

Markham Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Markham Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $43.99

Rutherford Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Rutherford Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $44.99
Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon2

 

Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $84.00

 

 

 

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Published on August 9, 2016


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