Rick’s Chophouse has received the prestigious honor of winning a 2012 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.

Wine Spectator's Restaurant Wine List Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine, and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers, according to the magazine.

Co-owner Rick Wells said he and his staff were honored by the recognition. Only 2,842 restaurants worldwide earned the Award of Excellence.

“We are thrilled about this award,” Wells said. “Thanks to Ian Whitcomb, our sommelier; Donald Killian, our beverage manager; and our entire staff for all of their hard work.”

To qualify for an award, a restaurant’s wine list must present complete, accurate wine information. It must include vintages and appellations for all selections, including wines available by the glass, according to Wine Spectator. Complete producer names and correct spellings are mandatory, while the overall presentation and appearance of the list is also taken into consideration, the magazine said.

The Award of Excellence recognizes lists that offer a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Typically, these lists offer at least 100 selections, according to Wine Spectator. Wells said the team at Rick’s Chophouse chose to go above and beyond these suggestions.

“Thank you for your participation and congratulations once again on your achievement,” Nathan Wesley, Wine Spectator Restaurant Wine List Awards Manager, wrote in an email to Wells.

To read about the full list of Wine Spectator award-winners, click here. For more information about Rick’s Chophouse, click here.