De Viswijf wins coveted award

2015-10-08 06:00
De Viswifj Restaurant received the sought-after Diamond Award for its impressive wine list at this year’s Diners Club Winelist Awards. With the award is co-owner Ernie Blignault.
                      Photo:
MONIQUE BASSON

De Viswifj Restaurant received the sought-after Diamond Award for its impressive wine list at this year’s Diners Club Winelist Awards. With the award is co-owner Ernie Blignault. Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

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ALREADY regarded as a gem in the Jeffreys Bay area, De Viswijf Restaurant received the sought-after Diamond Award for its impressive winelist at this year’s Diners Club Wine- list Awards.

It is the fourth year that this fine dining establishment has been a recipient of the Diamond Award. This is the highest award for a wine list, and De Viswijf is one of only two restaurant in the Eastern Cape who have received the Diamond Award.

A total of 26 restaurants in the Eastern Cape have been awarded the sought-after Diners Club Winelist Award. The annual awards, which are more than two decades old, recognise eateries that take great care in their wine selection and pairing of food with wine.

This year saw a variation of restaurants vying for top honours including Brasseries and Bistros, Cafés, chain restaurants, destination and fining dining eateries.

Seven restaurants achieved diamond status, the highest accolade with a total score of 91% or higher, while 11 restaurants were awarded platinum, gold winners tallied to seven and silver one.

Diners Club Winelist Awards do not only attract restaurants eager to gain recognition for their class and style, it also attracts an ever growing number of patrons who understand that the perfect meal is greatly enhanced by a matching fine wine.

This year a panel of judges led by veteran wine critic and author Dave Hughes assessed hundreds of restaurant menus that had been submitted by licensed local restaurants that met the entry criteria.

Commenting on the quality of the entries, head judge Dave Hughes says: “Each year it becomes increasingly difficult to select the best restaurants that offer outstanding wine lists. However, the cream always rises to the top and this year has been no different. The winning restaurants are tenacious, almost pedantic, in ensuring that their offering continues to excite the palettes of their custo-mers.”

The Diners Club Winelist Awards acknowledge excellence in participating restaurants in Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and Western.

How restaurants are judged

Restaurant wine lists are evaluated according to four criteria:

. Content: Content includes the number of wines on the list, number of wines served by the glass, original and innovative choices, and cultivars sourced from appropriate regions.

. Balance: Balance relates to the relationship between modestly and expensively priced wines, overall value, presence of local and imported varieties, and balance between established and new labels.

. Suitability: Suitability measures the suitability of the wine list with the cuisine, as well as the fit with the image of the restaurant.

. Presentation: Presentation is judged according to vintages, regions, accurate information, correct spelling and a clear design that is easy to read and navigate

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