Cafe Rule & Wine Bar Earns Wine Spectator Restaurant Award in 2018

––Cafe Rule & Wine Bar Among 3,759 Winners;
Full 2018 Dining Guide Revealed in Wine Spectator’s August Issue––

[Hickory, North Carolina] (July 17, 2018) — Cafe Rule & Wine Bar has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2018 Restaurant Awards. The restaurant is recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers.

“This year’s class of restaurants is one of the most impressive and innovative ever,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator. “Their wine lists keep improving, because wine lovers are eager to explore and learn. The goal of our Restaurant Awards is to support restaurant wine programs and bring them to diners’ attention through our outreach through print, digital and social media. Wine Spectator salutes every restaurant honored in the 2018 Restaurant Awards.”

“We are thrilled to be honored once again by Wine Spectator,” said Meghan Stout, Vice 

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President of Marketing & Communications at Cafe Rule & Wine Bar. “It is our goal to delight our guests with a wonderful selection of unique and delicious wines.”

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 2,453; 1,215; and 91 winners this year in each respective categor

y. Seven 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 17, and online at, where visitors can search and access exclusive content on the more than 3,700 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 around 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 16,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar AficionadoWhisky Advocate, Market WatchShanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

About Cafe Rule & Wine Bar

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.