After sifting through hundreds of wine lists from restaurants that opened across the country this past year, FOOD & WINE came up with a clear-cut Top Ten. But the real winners are wine loversespecially those looking for well-priced bottles. The trend toward value isn't new, but in the past year it became even more dramatic. Many of the best lists feature wines by the glass at moderate markups, as well as plenty of bottles for $40 and less.
Our winning lists showcase wines from all overfrom southern France and the United States to Austria and Spainthough no country may be more popular than Italy. Indeed, several winners show a decided preference for Italian wines. But regardless of the region it emphasizes, every list has one thing in common: It is the work of an expert whose taste you can trust.