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San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

The Largest Competition of American Wines in the World!

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC), the largest wine competition of American wines in the world with over 7,100 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 special wine award section of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. The SFCWC is one of the few competitions that offer plaque awards for silver, gold, and higher, 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 in the Bay Area.

2016 SFCWC Sweepstake Medal-Winning Wines

2016 SFCWC Sweepstake Medal-Winning Wines


2016 Sweepstake Winners

Sparkling Sweepstake Winner

Korbel,  Brut, California Champagne, Organically Grown Grapes, CA: $14

White Sweepstake Winner

V. Sattui Winery, 2014 Los Carneros Chardonnay, Napa Valley, CA: $38

Pink Sweepstake Winner

Barnard Griffin, 2015 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, WA: $14

Red Sweepstake Winners

Runquist, 2013 Zinfandel, Nostro Vino Vineyard, Amador County, CA: $26

Sonnet Wine Cellars, 2013 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA: $40

Dessert / Specialty Sweepstake Winner

Claar Cellars, 2013 Riesling “Ice Wine,” White Bluff Vineyards, Columbia Valley, WA: $40

Wine Label Sweepstake Winner

Scratchpad, 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Central Coast, CA

See All 2016 Medal Winners by Category