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The Largest Competition of American Wines in the World Overcomes the Fiscal Cliff...
The Fiscal Cliff struck the hearts, minds and purses of vintners and consumers alike. How could wine makers create affordable wines that appeal to consumers? How could consumers find satisfying wines that appeal to their senses but remain affordable?
The 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has solved this dilemma. The first competition of the year, this unique competition is designed to bring together the most distinguished judges in the country to compare wines in multiple price ranges and varieties to determine the best of the best in each category that appeal to all walks of life from a college student to a sommelier. The largest competition of American wines in the world has created a win-win situation for every palate. An elite group of individuals from media, trade, educators, restaurant and hospitality industries (including wine buyers and winemakers), from New York to California and everywhere in between come together for an intensive week-long judging session. When the judging is over, wine drinkers know what they like and vintners know their efforts have not gone unrewarded.
Over 5,000 Celebrated at the 2013 Public Tasting
It was a picturesque day on the Bay with clear skies, a cool breeze and hundreds of sail boats from the Corinthian Mid-Winter’s race dotted the San Francisco Bay with their colorful spinnakers and provided a spectacular kaleidoscopic backdrop for the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting.
People are Talking about This Year's Competition
Each year, the Bay Area’s News & Information Station, KGO 810 features judges and winning wineries as a sponsor of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition to over half a million listeners reaching from Oregon to Southern California. Celebrity broadcasters are in attendance at the event and KGO listeners receive a recap of the big winners of the competition and its judges. Stay tuned throughout January and February to Cooking with Ryan Scott, Saturdays from 4-6pm, to learn more about the winning wines, as well as tips and trends from the judges.
NBC Bay Area is proud to be the Television media sponsor of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. NBC Bay Area has supported SFCWC for the past six years and you can see the last year’s webisode just visit NBCBayArea.com and search San Francisco Wine Competition.
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The official wine glass sponsor of the 2014 SF Chronicle Wine Competition is Saxco International, the largest designer, distributor and service provider to the wine, beer, spirits and food industry in North America. They have a dedicated team of experienced industry professionals who offer their customers the highest quality and the widest selection of products. Saxco is the clear choice for premium packaging solutions.
Wine & Spirits Magazine is the official magazine of the competition.
Keeping with the liveliness of the Public Tasting, our magazine partner invites everyone to “Live well, Drink well”! Wine & Spirits Magazine is back as the official magazine of the Public Tasting, presenting best of more than 10,000 wines screened by panels and critics, along with top destinations for wine and food, perspectives on distinctive wine regions and news. Subscribe today and gain immediate access to their online database of ratings and reviews.
Past Competition Video Archives
2014 Competition Call for Entries is Now Open!
The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) is taking this opportunity to issue a “Call for Entries” for its 2014 competition. The SFCWC utilizes a unique collaborative style of judging as it evaluates thousands of entries from around the country by judges from across the United States.
In cooperation with Northern California’s largest newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, the SFCWC will provide heightened exposure to the award winning wineries in 2014. In February, the San Francisco Chronicle will publish a special section and post online the award winning wines for more than 1.7 million readers.
The Chronicle’s online site, SFGATE.com, will also partner with the competition and provide major publicity of the award winning wines. The nationally recognized Wine & Spirits Magazine is returning as a major sponsor and will publish a full page spread of award winning wines. This year’s publicity will include coverage in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and all other local and trade media throughout the country, as well as sponsorships from KGO-AM 810 and NBC-TV. The Larose Group, our public relations group, will increase wine award exposure through print, radio, websites, blogs and other social networking sites throughout the country.
After the judging is complete, we bring our judges’ knowledge and the opportunity to taste these delicious wines to consumers at the Public Tasting and Pairing at Fort Mason Center, Saturday, February 15, 2014. We believe that this competition is a true barometer that consumers can use to educate themselves and measure premium wines.
Thank you for your participation and good luck.
2013 Sweepstake Winners
Wilson Artisan Wineries Hosting Judges Dinner
The 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Official Judges Dinner host is Wilson Artisan Wineries, which are located in Sonoma country's Alexander, Dry Creek, Russian River Valleys, Mendocino County and the Valley of the Moon in California.
Owned and operated by Ken and Diane Wilson, these boutique wineries offer exceptional wines, beautiful scenery and friendly, informative Tasting Room staff. When the couple Diane and Ken Wilson first visited Sonoma County they fell in love with the patchwork of oaks, vineyards and expansive vistas. Diane and Ken are devoted to things they value most—family and friends—and are committed to the stewardship and sustainable farming of the Dry Creek, Alexander and Russian River Valleys.
Professional Judges Come From Across the Country to the First Competition of the Year.
"The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition represents all that is good in the world of wine today." said Jessica Altieri, CEO WineChannel TV in Chicago. "It is a "Super Bowl" like opportunity for wine brands and wine makers, small and large, to present their wines to a "tasting palate" of judges that is second to none!"
The SFCWC sets the standards for the year by choosing renowned judges to award wines that are truly exceptional. This year, 60 judges from across the country bring their knowledge, passion and trained palates to determine the fates of thousands of entries and this event will allow the public to discover new ways to experience wine. Unpretentious and fun, the Public Tasting encourages everyone to come together, learn, and indulge their taste buds.
Bob Fraser's Wine Regions of the World - A Self Guided Tour
Follow winejudging.com's Bob Fraser as he tours some of the World's famous wine regions.
Northwest Wine Regions; Eastern United States Wine
Regions; France- Bordeaux; and France- Burgundy, Rhone,
Bob Fraser's Wine Travels
One of my most pleasurable past times is visiting America’s wine country regions. I always will make an effort to visit the many wineries that enter the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. I am always so amazed of the warm hospitality that wineries offer to their visitors and am always so proud to be associated with this fantastic industry.
Paso Robles AVA of Central California