San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

A Spectacular 18th Annual SFCWC Wine Tasting!

On February 17th, the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) held its 18th annual Public Tasting at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion. The event, presented by BevMo!, was an unforgettable celebration of wine, food, and great company. The weather couldn’t have been better—there wasn’t a cloud in the sky—so everyone enjoyed the sun and gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge while sipping their new favorite wines.

Announcing the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Sweepstake Winners

The largest competition of American wines in the world names best American wines of 2018 After receiving 6,960 entries from 35 states across the country, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few. A complete listing of the 2018 results, sortable by price point and category, can be found at In the second week of January, 67 skilled judges from a variety of fields including trade, education, media, retail and hospitality traveled to the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County to determine the best wines in the USA. Utilizing an extensive process that divides the varietals into several categories and subcategories, the event gave the panels the chance to rate entries as Bronze, Silver, Gold or “Double Gold” (equivalent to a unanimous rating by all panel members). Three full days of judging were followed by the Sweepstakes... Read More

KFOG and KNBR Joins KGO as Exclusive Radio Sponsors

Cumulus Media’s KFOG and KNBR will join KGO as the 2018 Exclusive Radio Sponsors of the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Bob Fraser, SFCWC Executive Director reports, “We are extremely thrilled to have KFOG and KNBR join KGO to expand our consumer reach especially with the targeted younger millennium demographic. Read More...

Announcing the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Sweepstake winners

2018 Sweepstake Award Winners:

Sparkling Sweepstake Winner

Rack & Riddle (CA) NV Sonoma County Blanc de Noirs $22.00

White Sweepstake Winner

Brick Barn Wine Estate (CA) 2016 Santa Ynez Valley Vermentino $40.00

Pink Sweepstake Winner

Barnard Griffin (WA) 2017 Columbia Valley Rose of Sangiovese $14.00

Red Sweepstake Winner

O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery (CA) 2014 Napa Valley Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon $100.00

Dessert Sweepstake Winner

Merritt Estate Winery (NY) 2015 Lake Erie Vidal Ice Wine $39.99

Cider Sweepstake Winner

Goose Watch Winery (NY) NV Finger Lakes Flying High Semi-Sweet Cider $14.99

Label Sweepstake Winner

Rodney Strong Vineyards (CA) 2015 Sonoma County Upshot $28.00

See the full list of Medal-Winning Wines

The year the official San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Judges’ Dinner will take place on Wednesday, January 10th and will be hosted by Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards in Sonoma. The winery is Sonoma Carneros’ original sparkling wine house, owned and founded by the Ferrer family of Spain. Named for José Ferrer’s wife, Gloria, the winery opened in 1986 in the breezy, now-famous region in southernmost Sonoma County. Read More…

Judges Determine the Best Wines in America at 18th Annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) with presenting sponsor BevMo! has set the standard for wine for the past 18 years. Each year, renowned wine experts from all industries, including trade, media, education and hospitality, come together to evaluate wines and identify those that are truly exceptional. A panel of over 67 judges from across the country will once again bring their knowledge, passion and trained palates to the table to determine this year's winners in each individual category. Read More...