What restaurants do those in the know head to for an outstanding bottle of wine, a great-value bottle, a terrific glass of wine or just an exceptional cocktail? To get the answers, FOOD & WINE commissioned the esteemed polling organization Yankelovich Partners to talk to hundreds of experts--sommeliers, chefs, restaurateurs and critics--in a dozen American cities and plumb their thoughts on the local restaurant scene. In September, we published the responses that focused on food. This month we report on the second half of the poll: the part relating to wine and spirits. We've also contacted the winning restaurants for specific recommendations. Use this as your guide to some of the best wine lists in America.
--Additional reporting by Suzanne Markert