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Celebrating 15 Groundbreaking Years!

The 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition's Annual "Call for Entries"

For the past 15 years, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has been the barometer of how consumers select and measure wine. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) is the largest competition of American wines in the World and broke records again last year with an astonishing 5,800 entries. Submissions came pouring in from boutique wineries and large scale producers spanning 25 different states.

Year after year, wineries return with more entries because they see the intrinsic value that a "San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Award Winner" title can bring, including increased sales and brand recognition.

In honor of our landmark anniversary, we're showcasing 15 of the best reasons why you should enter your wines in this venerated competition.

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Welcome from Directors, Bob & Scott Fraser

For the past 15 years we have been devoted to wine, what’s in the bottles, and the people and places behind those bottles. Last year alone we had over 25 states competing from across America and our judges scrutinized 5,800 entries ranging from light and fragrant to rich and powerful. Our intention has been to bring national attention to the complex flavors and regional distinctions that are created from grapes grown in a diversity of American Viticulture Areas. The people who make it are artisans who balance advanced technological tools with traditional approaches, and we believe they need to be recognized.

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) is one of the industry’s most respected, and highly publicized, wine competitions in the country. It is specifically designed to provide an even playing field for both large scale and boutique wineries. The SFCWC’s most important attribute and distinction from other competitions is that every winery has the opportunity to enter and to win.

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The 2014 Public Tasting Offered Something for Everyone of Its 5,000 Attendees

The 2014 Public Tasting Offered Something for Everyone of Its 5,000 Attendees

This year the Bay was on fire with a buzz that wouldn't stop at the SOLD OUT 2014 Public Tasting at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Literally thousands of people, 5,000 to be exact attended the Public Tasting. Tweets, instagrams blanketed the internet as people from around the country gathered to greet their friends, family and national celebrities for this annual tasting. It was a day a jovial entertainment, along with an underlying educational component that featured pairing local California gourmet food with the double gold, gold and silver award winning wines.

Another picturesque day in February on the Bay with clear skies, a cool breeze, and unprecedented views of the Golden Gate, this year's competition once again broke records with over 5,825 entries and over 1,000 of them were made available for attendees to taste, savor and enjoy. All of these award winning wines could be paired with a variety of delicious gourmet foods, artisan breads, savory meats, and delectable cheeses from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and Savor California. For those who wanted a slight change of taste, Stella Artois had refreshing Belgian beer on tap to add to the excitement and the fun.

Celebrities sprinkled the crowds, some pouring their award winning wines, like the former Bachelor Ben Flajjnik and BevMo’s cellar master, Wilfred Wong, to others who were tasting along with the crowds such as KGO radio personalities: Jon Bristow, Pat Thurston, Bret Burkart, Jenna Lane, Jennifer Hodges, Katy Leaver, Peter Find, Rich Walcoff, John Hamilton. All the KGO personalities took a stint at their booth meeting and greeting people and signing autographs. The highlight was our very own San Francisco Chronicle wine critic, Jon Bonné, who was there signing his new book, "the New California Wine."

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 Snapshots of the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting

Make sure you save the date for next year's San Francisco Chronicle's Public Tasting on February 14, 2015. See you then.

The Largest Competition of American Wines in the World Assists in Deciphering the Latest Wine Trends

Now everyone can be an expert on wines after they attend the annual San Francisco Chronicle Public Tasting at Fort Mason Center. There will be over 800 wineries there and delicious food that you can pair with the wines. Attendees will have a chance to taste hundreds of wines and talk with the winemakers about their new award winning wines. In addition to wine, food and a wonderful day with your friends, the competition will have several KGO radio personalities at the event. There will be several judges like Wilfred Wong from BevMo! and Jon Bonne the wine critic from the San Francisco Chronicle. They are there to answer questions and help enhance the pairing of wine and food experience . Attendees will be able to purchase most of the wines at local retailers; however, some of the wineries have confidential purchasing opportunities that require the purchase directly from the winery.

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People Loved Meeting KGO Celebrities

KGO NEWSTALK AM 810The Bay Area’s News & Information Station, KGO 810 was the official radio sponsor for the 2014 Public Tasting. This year they featured the 2014 judges and winning wineries to over half a million listeners reaching from Oregon to Southern California. Celebrity broadcasters were in attendance at the event and KGO listeners received recaps of the big winners throughout January and February.

NBC Ch 11NBC Bay Area was the exclusive Television media sponsor of the 2014 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 by visiting and searching San Francisco Wine Competition.

Saxco InternationalThe official wine glass sponsor of the 2014 SF Chronicle Wine Competition was 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 & SpiritsWine & Spirits Magazine was the official magazine of the competition.
Keeping with the liveliness of the Public Tasting, our magazine partner invited everyone to “Live well, Drink well”! Wine& Spirits Magazine returned as the official magazine of the 2014 Public Tasting, presenting the best of more than 12,000 wines screened by panels and critics, along with top destinations for wine and food, perspectives on distinctive wine regions and news.

BevMo!The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is proud to announce it has partnered with BevMo! as the presenting sponsor for its 2014 judging and public tasting event.

Stella Artois® is part of a Belgian brewing tradition dating back to 1366. It is the No. 1 Belgian beer in the world and is present in more than 80 countries. Stella Artois® is a bottom filtered, blonde pilsner. It is thirst quenching with a malty middle and crisp finish delivering a full flavor and a hint of bitterness. Stella Artois® is best enjoyed when served between 3 and 5 degrees Celsius and should be served in the unique Stella Artois® Chalice according to the 9-Step Pouring Ritual to guarantee a perfect experience of this gold standard lager. Visit for more information.

This year we are pleased to announce that Hint was a new proud sponsor of the SF Chronicle Wine Competition. Hint is a delicious and refreshing drink from pure spring water with a splash of natural flavor without adding any sugar, sweeteners or preservatives. Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water also provided bottles for the attendees that contained 5 electrolytes: sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. Roaming HungerThese delicious drinks helped to keep attendees hydrated throughout the Public Tasting. Everyone also received a KIND Bar, an all natural granola bar that is made from tasty ingredients you can see and pronounce. In addition, Costeaux French Bakery also gave each attendee a small loaf of its famous hand-crafted artisan breads. Another first was the introduction of Roaming Hunger which provided a delicious Food Truck, Naked Chorizo, at the Public Tasting.

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Past Competition Video Archives

2014 Sweepstake Winners of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!!

2014 Sweepstake Winners of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!!

American AgCredit Sweepstake Winemaker Award Winners
The American AgCredit Sweepstake Winemakers
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Eileen Crane Paul Ahvenainen Rolando Herrera Rob Griffin
Eileen Crane Paul Ahvenainen Rolando Herrera Rob Griffin
Steve Burman, Steve Melander, Steve Ziganti Jason Joyce Nick Ferrante
Steve Burman, Steve Melander, Steve Ziganti Jason Joyce Nick Ferrante Mark Dolin


  • Domaine Carneros by Taittinger, 2009 Brut, Carneros, Domaine Carneros, $32.00

  • Korbel Champagne Cellars, NV Brut Rosé, California, $11.00


  • Baldacci Family Vineyards, 2012 Chardonnay, Carneros-Napa, Sorelle, $38.00


  • Barnard Griffin, 2013 Rose of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $12.00


  • 3 Steves Winery, 2011 Zinfandel, Cienega Valley, $31.00

  • Calcareous Vineyard, 2010 Syrah, Paso Robles, $40.00


  • Ferrante Winery, 2012 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, Grand River Valley, $28.99


  • Predator - 2012 Zinfandel - Lodi

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Wilson Artisan Wineries Hosted Judges Dinner

Wilson Artisan Wineries 

Thank You to Soda Rock Winery for Hosting the 2014 Judges Dinner

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition gives its sincerest thanks to Ken and Diane Wilson of Soda Rock Winery for hosting the 2014 annual judges dinner. Located in the heart of Alexander Valley, Soda Rock Winery is full of charm, history, architecture and truly breathtaking views. Over 65 judges from across the United States came to Soda Rock Winery for dinner after a long and exciting day of wine tasting. Course after course including, but not limited to, fresh Dungeness crab, slow braised beef short ribs, and a pear tart tatin all paired with complimenting wines left judges ready to embark on tasting the best wines in America. With record breaking entries, The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition continues to be the largest competition of American wines in the world and we are pleased to have Soda Rock Winery and the Wilson’s be a part of the momentous occasion.

Jon Bonne, Ken and Diane Wilson, Bob Fraser

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.

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Professional Judges Come From Across the Country to the First Competition of the Year.

Jessica Altieri

"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.

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Bob Fraser's Wine Regions of the World- A Self Guided TourBob Fraser's Wine Regions of the World - A Self Guided Tour

Follow'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, & Champagne.
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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

This month, the Paso Robles AVA of Central California
Bob Fraser and guests tour the Paso Robles AVA

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