Largest Competition of American Wines in the World Names the Best of the Best
(San Francisco, January 9, 2015) — After receiving 6,417 entries from more than 28 states, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, recognized as the largest competition of American wines in the world and presented by BevMo!, has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few. The 2015 Sweepstakes Award Winners, known as the best of the best in the competition, saw winners hailing from California, Ohio and New York.
And the 2015 Sweepstake Award winners are:
- Gloria Ferrer – 2010 Blanc De Blancs, Carneros, $42.00
White Sweepstake (tie)
- ZD Wines – 2013 Chardonnay, California $38.00
- Dr. Konstantin Frank – 2013 Riesling, Semi Dry, Finger Lakes, New York $14.99
- Robert Hall Winery – 2014 Rose de Robles, Paso Robles, $14.00
Red Sweepstake (tie)
- Sonoma -Cutrer – 2012 Pinot Noir, Founders Reserve, Russian River Valley $65.00
- Pezzi King – 2012 Estate Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Row 14 Reserve, $50.00
- Debonne Vineyards – 2013 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, Grand River Valley, Ohio $29.99
- Inizi – 2012 Charbono, Calistoga, $32.00
Fifty-nine professional wine judges from across the country, selected from a myriad of fields including trade, education, media, retail and hospitality, traveled to the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County during January 5th through January 9th.
Utilizing an extensive process that divided the varietals into several categories and subcategories, the event gave the panels the chance to rate entries as Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Double Gold (equivalent to a unanimous rating by all panel members). Only eight entries were honored with the prestigious Sweepstake Award in the categories of Sparkling, White, Pink, Red, and Dessert/Specialty wines. In its fifth year, a special category included a label contest that is independent of the wine competition.
Also recognized for extraordinary quality was an extensive list of American award-winning wines honored with the Best of Class Awards. Each of the winners were categorized to provide consumers with an easy reference guide to delicious and affordable wines.
Many of the award winning wines will be available to taste at the Public Tasting, held on February 14, 2015 at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.
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About SFCWC: Founded in 1983 as the modestly sized Cloverdale Citrus Fair Wine Competition, the SFCWC is celebrating its 15th anniversary and has evolved immensely over the years, expanding its eligibility to wineries throughout the United States. In 2000, the event gained sponsorship from the San Francisco Chronicle and appropriately assumed the title the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
The proceeds of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition support the non-profit Cloverdale Citrus Fair and help support wine and food education at educational institutions and non-profit organizations. Santa Rosa Junior College Wine Studies Program and Culinary Arts Program, Fresno State University Enology Program, California Polytechnic State University Enology Program at San Luis Obispo, and other non-profit organizations have received support from past competitions.