Wine Enthusiast Magazine has released the 2017 iteration of its annual America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants list, available online today and in the annual August Restaurant issue hitting newsstands June 27th. Every year, the magazine’s editors search the country for the most dynamic, charming, and innovative wine and food experiences available to create their definitive selection.
This curated list spotlights the restaurants that showcase great beverage programs along with notable food, atmosphere, and excellent service. Forty-four of this year’s winning spots are new to the list. Winners include perennial classics in established markets, like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as fresh dining concepts in up-and-coming markets, such as June’s All Day in Austin, TX; Milwaukee, WI’s Bacchus and Senia in Honolulu, HI. Please check out this year’s full list online here.
“The world of American wine and food continues to evolve at an incredible rate and our 2017 list reflects this exciting dynamism,” explains Susan Kostrzewa, Executive Editor of Wine Enthusiast. “Gastronomic culture is no longer confined to expected urban markets and as our picks reveal, some of the country’s most innovative wine and food programs are popping up in surprising places and secondary locales. The list also reflects a return to upscale dining, as well as an explosion of ethnic cuisine—think Hawaiian, Indian, Greek and beyond—which offers wildly creative wine pairings for modern diners.”
Broken down by trends and special features, this year’s list highlights several of the biggest currents in the dining scene right now. Additionally, the Restaurant Issue allows the magazine to spotlight other notable eateries that are leading the way in the culinary world beyond the classic list. “Art on the Plate” highlights museums housing destination-worthy restaurants like The Modern in New York. “Hotter than Ever” turns up the heat on restaurants including Miami’s Los Fuegos by Francis Malman working magic with open-fire cooking. “Vive La Luxe” offers a look at the renewed appeal of classic fine dining, while “Seitan Be Gone” shines a light on creative plant-based dishes.
Additional editorial highlights include exclusive chef and sommelier Q&A’s, and recipes from some of this year’s winning restaurants. In a web-only exclusive, Wine Enthusiast looks northward, with its first-ever “Top 10 Wine Restaurants of Canada” list.
To celebrate the launch of this year’s America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants, the Wine Enthusiast team is hosting an invitation-only fête at New York’s La Sirena, including a pre-event Press Panel moderated by Wine Enthusiast Food Editor Nils Bernstein. This year’s esteemed panel features New York culinary icons Michaël Engelmann, Wine Director of The Modern; Chef Nick Curtola of Four Hoursemen; and Victoria James, Chef Sommelier at Piora. The evening will toast this year’s honorees and celebrate one of Wine Enthusiast’s most anticipated annual features.
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