Entries are now open for the 2017 Diners Club Winelist Awards. These awards, which have been around for over two decades, is a celebration of local restaurants that pride themselves with their wine selections and pairing of food with wine.
“South Africa’s wine lists continue to improve as owners place more emphasis on wines that suit their cuisine and their style – so we will always be sharpening our judging pencils! Our judging criteria will always take the side of the consumer, so we look for lists that have pleasing diversity, a decent choice across price points and – more and more – good wines by the glass. We wish the 2017 entrants all the best,” says Jean-Pierre Rossouw (a previous judge for these awards).
The judging criteria grades wine lists from Silver, through to Gold, then Platinum and finally the highest award level, Diamond. Just a few attributes of a Diamond list are that it contains excellent wines in all categories, includes exciting new wines and classic labels, as well as a reserve list of aged wines and a good international wine selection. Special attention will be paid to good wines by the glass, as this is an important aspect for contemporary diners. Personalised food and wine pairings are also a focus.