August 2011

Red and White Bash

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2013 Best Restaurants

Restaurants that serve up a true passion for presenting mind-blowing wine-and-food pairings.

The Wine Star Awards

Wine Enthusiast Magazine honors the wine and spirit industry’s influential leaders of 2013.

2012 Best Reasturants

Wine Beginners

Kick-start your ongoing exploration of wine. Through these simple and smart guidelines, you’ll discover your own palate.

Cocktail Recipes

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2013 Vintage Chart

Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s vintage chart is a year-by-year guide to the overall quality and drinkability of the wines from the world’s major winegrowing regions.

2011 Best Restaurants

Cooking with Wine

Adding wine to your favorite recipe can impart wonderful flavor, but too much or the wrong style can put the kibbosh on a potentially delicious dinner.

Wine and Cheese

Wine and cheese are two of life’s great culinary pleasures, and finding the perfect match can be a delicious endeavor.

Wine Pairings

Each season offers some opportunity, great or small, for the worlds of food and wine to have a graceful pas de deux.

German Wine Facts & Terms

German wine labels can be intimidating: long, foreign words and ornate script are enough to make many consumers head straight for a different section of the wine shop.

Italian Wine Facts & Terms

Italian tradition is so closely grafted to the vine that the good cheer and easy attitudes associated with wine culture are mirrored in the nation’s temperament.

French Wine Facts & Terms

The style of French wine echoes that of the French themselves—elegant, well-dressed, showing an appreciation for the good things of life but never to excess.

Varietal versus Appellation Labeling

Throughout Europe, wines are classified by vineyard, village and/or region where they are made. This appellation system is based on precisely defined wine regions, some as small as a single vineyard.

White Wine Information & Basics

Learn the varietal characteristics of white wine grapes.

Red Wine Information & Basics

Learn the varietal characteristics of red wine grapes.

Glassware and Serving Basics

Insisting on a good glass is not snobbery; it’s common sense.

How To Taste Wine

Learn to evaluate wine by sight, smell and taste.

Wine For Beginners

Learning to taste wine is no different than learning to really appreciate music or art—the pleasure you receive is proportionate to the effort you make.

Dramatic, and Welcome, Changes in the Wine World

It’s clear that in years to come there will be much greater diversity in people who describe themselves as frequent wine drinkers.

Vino Files: Santorini

August is the time for seasonal produce, glasses of ultracrisp Assyrtiko and beachfront tasting rooms on this Greek island.

Vines, Wines, Food and Folklore

Superstitions aren’t always based on fear—they can inspire joy and seal friendships, as a trek through France’s Périgord proves.

Monica Larner Explores Italy’s Other Half

Most of the Italian wines that people are familiar with are from Tuscany and Piedmont, but an adventurous spirit is needed to get the most bang from the boot.

The Land of Boz

The legendary rocker Scaggs riffs on wine and song.

The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford, CA)

Nestled amid olive trees and renowned Napa Valley vineyards, this restaurant offers luxurious cuisine and nearly 17,000 wines.

Touch and Go

The 21st-century wine list makes its mark at Manhattan’s SD26.

Angle (Palm Beach, FL)

This Florida restaurant's global wine selection is designed to cater to any diner's palate.

Luxe Life: Nolet's Reserve Dry Gin

With its yellow diamond hue and exotic flavors of verbena and saffron, this sipping gin radiates pure luxury.

Vines and Vinyasa

A growing number of wineries are going Zen, combining yoga classes with wine tasting for a unique wine and unwind experience.

Lisbon

The enchanting Portuguese city is rich in history—and offers visitors modern takes on fascinating wine and food.

The French Laundry (Yountville, CA)

Chef Thomas Keller flexes his culinary virtuosity in this French-countryside inspired Napa Valley restaurant.

Longman & Eagle (Chicago, IL)

This gastropub serves farm-to-table American cuisine alongside an expansive selection of wine, whisky and craft beer.

Frasca Food and Wine (Denver, CO)

Inspired by the cuisine of Italy's Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, this Colorado restaurant impresses with its extensive Northern Italy-centric wine list.

Hatfield's (Los Angeles, CA)

Boasting an extensive wine list that's loaded with boutique producers and a seasonally inspired menu, this Los Angeles restaurant proves to be a rising star.

SHO Shaun Hergatt (New York, NY)

With its ever-changing Sommelier's Reserve List that's stacked with exclusive cult and library wines, this Wall Street restaurant beckons all wine enthusiasts.

Cyrus (Healdsburg, CA)

Wine pairings and tasting menus are the trademark of this Michelin-starred restaurant.

Blackbird (Chicago, IL)

Here, creative cuisine pairs effortlessly with a wine list that's packed with bottles that won't break the bank.

Jean Georges (New York, NY)

Here, value is paired with luxury, making this iconic restaurant a mecca for foodies.

Samba Grille (Houston, TX)

Brazilian Rodizío ambiance and the value-driven South American wine-list define this Texan spot.

Superb Saké Programs

These are some favorite saké-centric restaurants across the nation.

L2O (Chicago, IL)

An ample selection of Rieslings, Loire whites and sakés compliment seafood and shellfish dishes at this Chicago restaurant.

Trend Watch: Pop-Up to Temp

Pop-up and temp restaurants offer diners an everchanging experience.

Wayfare Tavern (San Francisco, CA)

Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence mixes traditional American cuisine with cocktails that recall the Victorian era.

Per Se (New York, NY)

Nine course tasting menus and a wine list famed for its depth of vintages define this chic New York City restaurant.

Canlis (Seattle, WA)

With five sommeliers managing a 18,000-bottle cellar, this restaurant is a must-visit for wine buffs.

Commis Restaurant (Oakland, CA)

Look no further than this Oakland, California, restaurant for a wine list heavy with half-bottles.

ABC Kitchen (New York, NY)

This New York City restaurant is a pro when it comes to following the go-green philosophy.

Aureole (Las Vegas, NV)

The four story wine tower is quite the spectacle at this Las Vegas establishment.

Le Bernardin (New York, NY)

Strong minerality is the key behind this Michelin three-starred restaurant's wine list.

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Joël Robuchon (Las Vegas, NV)

The wine list at this Las Vegas hotspot is packed with rarities.

Redd (Yountville, CA)

Wine country cuisine is infused with Asian and Mexican influence at this Napa Valley restaurant.

Charlie Trotter's (Chicago, IL)

The wine list here is monumental with its Imperial-sized Penfolds Grange and verticals of Château Mouton-Rothschild from 1945 to 2003.

Portland City Grill (Portland, OR)

This Northwestern restaurant pairs Asian-inflected American cuisine with an Oregon- and Washington-focused wine list.

Alma de Cuba (Philadelphia, PA)

Latin American cuisine is served in an atmosphere redolent of Old Havana in this Philadelphia restaurant.

Casa Mono (New York, NY)

This New York City restaurant has a Spanish-centric wine list that's 600-bottles deep.

Frontera Grill (Chicago, IL)

Authentic Mexican cuisine is complimented by a wine list studded with small production bottlings.

Quince (San Francisco, CA)

This Michelin-starred restaurant combines locally inspired cuisine with a Piedmont-centric wine list.

The Lambs Club (New York, NY)

What was once home to America’s first professional theater club, this glamorous New York City dining destination makes you feel like you're on the red carpet.

Lake Austin Spa Resort (Austin, TX)

Open to hotel guests only, this restaurant sources produce from its own garden for ultimate sustainability.

The Mansion Restaurant (Dallas, TX)

This historic restaurant offers modern French cuisine with a Texan twist.

Marea (New York, NY)

The Italian-dominant wine list is the perfect accompaniment to this restaurant's coastal Italian fare.

Al Biernat's (Dallas, TX)

Carnivores come to this meat lover's paradise for the Colorado lamb, North Dakota buffalo and an impressive wine list to match.

Gautreau’s (New Orleans, LA)

This French bistro offers an everchanging menu and wine list to keep its guests on their toes.

La Toque (Napa, CA)

A nearly 1,800-bottle wine list that's decorated with Bordeaux first growths and a seasonally inspired menu make this restaurant an emerging star.

Hakkasan (Miami, FL)

A predominantly New World wine list and a vast collection of saké complements the Cantonese cuisine at this Florida hotspot.

Le Bec-Fin (Philadelphia, PA)

This Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, restaurant gets bragging rights for its Rhône Valley-focused wine list.

Stephan Pyles (Dallas, TX)

This Dallas, Texas, restaurant dubs its cuisine "New Millennium Southwestern".

Charleston (Baltimore, MD)

Baltimore's Harbor East waterfront provides the backdrop for this restaurants part classic French, part Low-Country cuisine.

CityZen Restaurant (Washington, D.C.)

The exotic Mandarin Oriental Hotel is the home of this French-American restaurant.

Avenues (Chicago, IL)

This Peninsula Hotel hotspot moves its guests with artful food and wine pairings.

Manresa (Los Gatos, CA)

Artful simplicity is the philosophy behind this California restaurant's cuisine.

Del Posto (New York, NY)

Recently bestowed four stars by The New York Times, this restaurant pairs classic Italian fare with a vast Italian-centric wine list.

Crabtree’s Kittle House (Chappaqua, NY)

Set in a 1790s historic building, this New York State restaurant packs 60,000 bottles in its cellar.

étoile Restaurant (Yountville, CA)

This California restaurant is home to the youngest U.S. chef who has ever been awarded a Michelin star.

RN74 (San Francisco, CA)

This San Francisco urban wine bar is under the direction of superstar sommelier Rajat Parr.

GILT (New York, NY)

With Château Margaux vintages dating back to 1900, this lavish restaurant has the tools to give wine lovers a magical experience.

Outstanding Cocktail Programs

These restaurants pay as much attention to cocktails as cuisine.

Jiko—The Cooking Place (Lake Buena Vista, FL)

This Orlando restaurant's décor and cuisine is inspired by a Disney classic.

August (New Orleans, LA)

With a menu that changes with the seasons, Burgundy is the go-to wine region for this New Orleans favorite.

Veritas (New York, NY)

Diners enjoy a menu based on locally sourced ingredients in this sleek New York City restaurant.

Five Beer Trailblazers

These five beer-centric establishments are worth the trek to experience.

Sonoma Wine Garden (Santa Monica, CA)

A worldclass dining experience is paired with immaculate vistas of the Pacific Ocean.

Best Bets for Wine Lovers Abroad

Listing the best restaurants in the world for wine lovers is a tall order—but these are a few can’t-miss spots.

Troquet (Boston, MA)

Fresh, seasonal cuisine with a French bent defines this New England restaurant.

The Slanted Door (San Francisco, CA)

Gorgeous views of San Francisco add to the delight of this restaurant's take on Vietnamese cuisine.

Andre’s (Las Vegas, NV)

A sexy vibe strings together this restaurant's contemporary French cuisine and California dominant wine list.

B & B Ristorante (Las Vegas, NV)

This restaurant is so in tune with its menu, the servers can oftentimes tell you the name of the farmer who harvested the produce.

Annie Gunn’s (Chesterfield, MO)

The beef- and seafood-intensive menu is fortified with a strong cheese program and a wine list with 800 selections.

Addison at The Grand Del Mar (San Diego, CA)

This restaurant's six and 10 course dining format pairs flawlessly with its diverse wine selection.

Picholine (New York, NY)

French-Mediterranean cuisine is effortlessly paired with a wine list rich in Burgundy and Rhône selections at this New York City restaurant.