The 2012 South African Wine List Awards: scoring guidelines and need to know

All you need to know about entering your restaurant's wine list into these awards.

17 Feb 2012

Food24, in partnership with MSquared, proudly announces the inaugural South Africa’s Wine List of the Year Awards. The awards will be the most inclusive awards to date, giving every restaurant, whatever the size of their wine list, the chance to win. Organised by industry leaders, Michael Olivier and Michael Bampfield-Duggan, South Africa’s Wine List of the Year Awards aim to be the standard accolade for any restaurant which cares about serving good wine to its customers.

Five Good Reasons Why YOUR Restaurant Should Enter:

1.    Value for money – for little more than the cost of one meal, a restaurant has access to a year’s marketing and exposure across Food24, Africa’s biggest wine and food website.
2.    Direct downloadable links to your menu and wine list on Food24’s comprehensive restaurant directory.
3.    Ongoing marketing activity through the Food24 site, associated sites and various other social media such as Twitter and Facebook.
4.    No restrictive entry conditions – any restaurant which sells wine is able to enter.
5.    Experienced judges evaluating your wine list.

Check out the entry forms here and decide which category best suits your restaurant wine list, then download the entry form, complete it and return it by 30th April.

Information on scoring guidelines and award allocations for the
2012 South African Wine List Awards:

The Awards are divided into 3 geographical areas.  Western Cape, Eastern Cape [1]; Interior and all other provinces [2] and KZN [3].

Awards in each geographical area:

Short Wine list - from 20 to 40 wines
Medium Wine List - from 41 to 80 Wines
Long Wine List
– over 81 wines
Best new list – for a restaurant opened in 2011.
Best Wine by the Glass List

National Awards:

Best new list
Best Short, Best Medium and Best Long Lists
Best Wine by the Glass List

Award allocation:

One Flute - requires a final score between 55% and 65%
Two Flutes - requires a final score between 66% and 85%
Three Flutes - requires a final score of above 86%

Scoring and judging guidelines:

To qualify for entry the Winelist should contain a minimum of wine required for each category and a stock holding of which may reasonably be expected to be consumed in ten days.  The wine list should be in use at the time of entry into the competition and all wines should be available for a minimum of 4 months after the receipt of entry.

For the Long Wine List entrants:
Content (35%)

Minimum 81 unfortified wines on the wine list
Minimum wines offered by the glass:

8 White
8 Red
3 Rose
4 Sparkling/Cap Classique (or 375 bottle) including 1 Rose

4 Unfortified Dessert Wines

For the Medium Wine List entrants: Content (35%)

Minimum 41 and maximum 80 unfortified wines on the wine list
Minimum wines offered by the glass:

5 White
5 Red
2 Rose
2 Sparkling/Cap Classique (or 375 bottle)
2 Unfortified Dessert Wines

For the Short Wine List entrants:
Content (35%)

Minimum 20 to maximum 40 unfortified wines on the wine list
Minimum wines offered by the glass:

3 White
3 Red
1 Rose
1 Sparkling/Cap Classique (or 375 bottle)
1 Unfortified Dessert Wine


- An original & innovative choice of wines
- Variety of cultivars
- Choice of white, red, rose, sparkling & dessert wines, & ports   
- A broad selection of wine distributors used to procure wines
- Individual wines are well described   

Balance (30%)

- Good balance between modestly priced and higher priced wines
- Overall value of wine list vs overall value of menu
- Balance of local, organic, garagistes and smaller producers
- Presence of minimum of four imported wines, one Portuguese Port and two French Champagnes (applicable to Long Wine List entries)
- Spread of wines from different South African Wine of Origin regions
- Different styles of wine to cater for guest’s palates, eg dry, off dry, and semi sweet
- Balance between established and new labels

Suitability (10%)      
- List suits cuisine and image of restaurant                   

Presentation (25%)

- List shows vintages    
- List shows regions                 
- Information is accurate              
- Correct spelling                   
- Clear design, layout which is easy to read and easy to navigate       
- Categories that are helpful [e.g. Dry, Off Dry, Wooded, Unwooded, Fortified]   
- Consistency within list
- Food & wine recommendations or show on list if Sommelier Trained Wine Steward always available
- Overall presentation

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