Thousands Joined Together and Felt the Love on Valentine’s Day at The Largest Competition of American Wines in the World

The 15th Anniversary of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting Presented the Newest Trends in Award Winning Wines and Delicious Gourmet Foods

You can’t always get what you want, but at the 15th annual San Francisco Chronicle Public Tasting, more than 5,000 people of all ages were able to get what they need.

The Public Tasting was a true celebration and the perfect date for everyone, with the Golden Gate bridge glistening in the distance and the sun dancing off bobbing sail boats and thousands of bottles of delicious award winning wines that were paired with gourmet food. People were in love with the entire situation and the conviviality was infectious.

Attendees poured into Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion to learn about new trends in wine and creative ways to pair it with gourmet foods from and Whole Foods Market. People shared their love of wine, food and friendship as they  gathered with their sweethearts at the sold out Public Tasting event.  The award winning wines, like the people who attended, were representative of the entire country.   The day’s activities were light hearted, full of wine and food pairing and laughter.  Everyone was coupling up, from the 800 wineries pouring award winning wines to the delicious food and desserts — it was a gastronomic delight.

San Francisco is home to some of the most exceptional food and wine in the world. It was no wonder that people from across the country came to the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) to see rising stars of the food and wine world, all while drinking in the stunning views of the Bay. If you missed it this year, you can see all the winning wines and wineries that were featured in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Wine Awards Special Section on Feb. 8th, or go online at The results were also featured in Santa Rosa Press Democrat , Wine & Spirits magazine and in many other media outlet across the country.  The Bay Area’s News & Information Station, KGO 810 radio promoted many of the  wines and judges prior to the Public Tasting to over half a million listeners reaching from Oregon to Southern California and many of the station’s radio personalities attended the event.  Other renown wine experts included Wilfred Wong, Chief Storyteller, in SF, Jessica Altieri, WineChannelTV in Chicago and more.     

The SFCWC is an annual fundraiser that supports wine studies, enology, and viticulture programs for higher education institutions in California. Left over wines from the competition are donated annually to Santa Rosa Junior College, Fresno State University, Sonoma State University, and California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo.

Be sure to follow us @SFCWineComp and like us on our Facebook page to keep up with exciting news about our 2016 event. And of course, don’t forget to hash tag all your pics with #SFCWC and #SFCWineComp so that we all can share the love.

Don’t miss the Public Tasting Saturday, February 13, 2016. Mark your calendars now.