Cork & Flame earns Wine Spectator Restaurant Award in 2020

Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator

—Cork & Flame Among 3,776 Winners; Awards Program for World’s Best Wine Lists Pays Tribute to Resilience of Restaurant Industry Amid Global Pandemic—

Evans, Georgia (July 7 2020) — Cork & Flame has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2020 Restaurant Awards. The annual program, which recognizes restaurants around the world as the top destinations for wine lovers, successfully moved forward this year despite the effects of COVID-19.

“This year’s Wine Spectator Restaurant Award program celebrates restaurants’ resilience, dedication and bravery during these unprecedented times,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator. “We hope that all of our award winners and the people who make them special will find their way through the crisis to once again welcome us through their doors. We look forward to raising a glass together, and to new beginnings.”

“It is an honor to receive the Wine Spectator award.  Thank you to our team members and the loyal patrons of Cork & Flame restaurant and wine market that helped make this happen.  We appreciate the support and are looking forward to continuing to provide excellence for our patrons in the years to come.  Cheers!” – Roger Strohl

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 2,289; 1,387; and 100 winners this year in each respective category.

Cork & Flame has won the AWARD OF EXCELLENCE.  The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.

Follow the Restaurant Awards on Twitter and Instagram, with hashtag #WSRestaurantAward, and at the newly refreshed, user friendly, where all winners can be searched by location and sorted by factors including name, distance, award level, cuisine and pricing. Wine Spectator’s special Restaurant Awards issue—which features Chef José Andrés on the cover—becomes available to readers July 14.

The unveiling of the 2020 award winners follows up on the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation’s contribution of $250,000 in April to World Central Kitchen, led by José Andrés. The donation helped support the charity’s mission of feeding those in need, a cause all the more urgent amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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 15,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.


About Cork & Flame

Cork & Flame opened its doors in 2018, although its history can be traced back to 2004 when Roger Strohl opened The Vineyard Wine Market. After a successful 13 years as a standalone wine market, Strohl partnered with Chef Justin Hayes to form a totally unique dining experience.

Cork and Flame is known for being the premier upscale restaurant in Columbia County.  The creativity of its menu paired with innovative cooking techniques and premium wines yields a truly exceptional experience.  Patrons at Cork & Flame can also partake in wine tastings, wine dinners, exclusive chef’s experience dinners, and private events.

Cork & Flame has set a new standard for fine dining in not only Columbia County, but Augusta GA and the entire CSRA as well.  Visit to view menus, make reservations and read more about Cork & Flame.


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