Cafe Rule & Wine Bar Earns Wine Spectator Restaurant Award in 2017

––Cafe Rule & Wine Bar Among 3,592 Winners;
Full 2017 Dining Guide Revealed in Wine Spectator’s August Issue––


HICKORY, N.C. (September 1, 2017) — Cafe Rule & Wine Bar has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2017 Restaurant Awards. The restaurant is recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers.

“Restaurants continue to raise their game when it comes to wine, and we are particularly proud to present this year’s winners,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor & Publisher, Wine Spectator. “As wine becomes more important to diners, the Awards program is thriving—with an increasing number of entries, as well as growing print, digital and social audiences. Wine Spectator congratulates each and every award winner.”

“We are thrilled to be included with such prestigious restaurants,” said Meghan Stout, VP of Marketing. “Our entire team works hard to offer a wide selection of the best wines from all over the world.”Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine lists in 1981. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award—with 2,335; 1,168; and 89 winners this year in each respective category. Five of the Grand Award winners are first timers.

Cafe Rule & Wine Bar has won the BEST OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE. Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions.

The complete list of award winners is available in print in Wine Spectator’s August issue, on newsstands July 18, and online at, where visitors can search and access exclusive content on the more than 3,500 restaurants. The full list is also available for free on iOS via the Restaurant Awards app, which allows users to look for dining spots in any location with maps, choosing by wine strengths, cuisine type, pricing and more.

Follow the Restaurant Awards on Twitter and Instagram, with hashtag #WSRestaurantAward.

About Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches more than 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (, mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 18,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar AficionadoWhisky Advocate, Market WatchShanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

Cafe Rule & Wine Bar, located at 242 11th Avenue NE, Hickory, North Carolina, features a selection of great wines from all over the world, both by the glass and the bottle. The extensive menu is full of small bites, creative meals, and selections for vegetarians, as well. The restaurant has a variety of options for seating for intimate dinners and large groups, including private dining rooms.