FOUR leading establishments in Kouga received the Platinum Award for their impressive wine list at this year’s Diners Club Winelist Awards held in George.The winning restaurants are De Viswijf Restaurant in Jeffreys Bay, Dune Ridge Country House in St Francis Bay, Lairds Lodge Country Estate in Jeffreys Bay and The Sands in St Francis Bay.The Diners Club Winelist Awards have honoured the best wine lists in the country for over two decades and attract restaurants eager to gain recognition for the energy and attention they put into their wine lists. This year saw a year-on-year entry growth of over 10% – this reflects that an ever-growing number of establishments and patrons appreciate that the perfect meal is greatly enhanced by a fine wine to match. This year, 205 restaurants from around the country submitted wine lists for judging by a select panel led by publisher of the Platter’s by Diners Club Wine Guide, Jean-Pierre Ros-souw. “It’s clear that dining establishments are giving their wine lists ever-more attention, and a trend that I’d really like to applaud is the growing number of wine stewards and sommeliers that curate and present the lists,” says Rossouw. “It’s also encouraging to note the number of establishments offering a wider choice of wines by the glass.” The response to this annual competition confirms the high standard of restaurants around the country and the significant choice our cardholders have when it comes to eating out. In addition to Head Judge JP Rossouw, the judging panel comprised leading experts, Pete Goffe-Wood, Spencer Fondaumiere, Karin Visser and James Mukosi.