The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest wine competition of American wines in the world with over 7,200 entries in 2016, has traditionally been the first competition of the year. Judges are selected throughout the major American wine regions to offer a diversity of backgrounds to each judging panel. There is major outreach of award recognition through a 30 page plus award special section of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. One of the few competitions that offer plaque awards for silver, gold, and higher awards for tasting room and winery outreach purposes. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting at Fort Mason Center in February for award winning wineries is an opportunity to showcase wines to over 5,000 consumers of the Bay Area.
Korbel, Brut, California Champagne, Organically Grown Grapes, CA: $14
V. Sattui Winery, 2014 Los Carneros Chardonnay, Napa Valley, CA: $38
Barnard Griffin, 2015 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, WA: $14
Runquist, 2013 Zinfandel, Nostro Vino Vineyard, Amador County, CA: $26
Sonnet Wine Cellars, 2013 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA: $40
Claar Cellars, 2013 Riesling “Ice Wine,” White Bluff Vineyards, Columbia Valley, WA: $40
Scratchpad, 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Central Coast, CA