That Time of the Year

It’s that time of the year.

The Wine Spectator deadline is upon us! The Rio has been given the prestigious Award of Excellence for the past 6 years. It is time, once again, to submit our 2016 list for consideration.

“Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.” – Wine Spectator


Sommelier Richard Rutherford has compiled a collection that certainly meets (and exceeds) this description. His passion for wine has sent him around the world; sampling wines from each region. When he is unable to travel to a wine producing country of interest, he has their wines brought in for careful scrutiny before making his recommendation. Argentina, Spain, France, Australia, California, Washington… the list goes on… Around the restaurant, especially when Ric is traveling, it has become almost commonplace for boxes to arrive from some obscure vineyard or  even a major producer that he has had the privilege to visit; often finding a gem or two to add to the cellar.

And so the list is now finished and the submission is being sent off today. Now the waiting begins… until the winners are announced… in August!!! Quite a long wait, but we will remain confident… and hopeful.

You can view the new Wine List here!

The best news is that you don’t have to wait until August to sample some of the world’s best wines. Stop in to the restaurant, look through our Wine List, make your selection and enjoy!


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