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The first objective & independant 100 point judged review of SA's premier restaurant wine lists

Judging

Top 100 SA Wine List Challenge provides an objective, independent and professional rating of fine wine lists. A clearly documented and transparent judging protocol provides an unambiguous set of facts showing how the scoring will work. Individual results and scores are shared with each participating establishment. Establishments will therefore be in an empowered position to fully understand strengths and areas for possible development and improvement.

Judging protocol

Top 100 judging methodology is based on a documented process using a simple yet effective 100 point scoring system. Transparency and objectivity sets the standard.

100 point scoring system; allocation of points

Fine dining/long wine lists

  • Presentation – layout, description (5)
  • Wine service (12)
  • SA content - depth, breadth & balance (42)
  • International content - depth, breadth & balance (12)
  • Glassware, quality, range and setting (10)
  • Unusual sizes (10)
  • BYO clarity (4)
  • Cellaring and cellar conditions (5)
  • Total Maximim (100)
  • Plus bonus points potential (+20)
  • Minus penalty points (-20)
  • Notes: Errors besides spelling lose ½ point per item, no maximum

Relaxed dining/shorter wine lists

  • Presentation – layout, description (5)
  • Wine service (12)
  • SA content - depth, breadth & balance (42)
  • International content - depth, breadth & balance (10)
  • Glassware, quality, range and setting (11)
  • Unusual sizes (11)
  • BYO clarity (4)
  • Cellaring and cellar conditions (5)
  • Total Maximim (100)
  • Plus bonus points potential (+20)
  • Minus penalty points (-20)
  • Notes: Errors besides spelling lose ½ point per item, no maximum

Judging process

  • Four qualified judges. Where required the Chair has a casting vote
  • Judges are independent and answer to the Chair
  • Wine lists are sighted; judges interests (if any) are pre recorded
  • No judge with an establishment relationship may judge that establishment

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