Announcing the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Sweepstake Winners

The largest competition of American wines in the world names the best of the best

(San Francisco, January 13, 2017) — After receiving 7,000 entries from 28 states across the country, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, hailed as the largest competition of American wines in the world, has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few. A complete listing, accompanied by price points, can be found at

In the second week of January, 63 judges from a variety of fields including trade, education, media, retail and hospitality, traveled to the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County to apply their expertise to determine the best wines in the USA.

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 or “Double Gold” (equivalent to a unanimous rating by all panel members). Only 7 entries were honored with the prestigious Sweepstake Award in the categories of Sparkling, White, Pink, Red and Dessert/Specialty wines. The best wine label was also judged and awarded a Sweepstake Winner designation.

2017 SFCWC Sweepstake Medal-Winning Wines
2017 SFCWC Sweepstake Medal-Winning Wines (click to enlarge)

The 2017 Sweepstake Award Winners are:

Sparkling Sweepstake Winner

Korbel, 2013 Brut Natural’ Methode Champenoise, Russian River Valley, CA

White Sweepstake Winners

Hanna, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley, CA

Castello di Amorosa, 2015 Gewurztraminer, Anderson Valley, CA

Pink Sweepstake Winner

Trentadue, 2015 Rosato di Sangiovese Estate, Alexander Valley, CA

Red Sweepstake Winner

Tonti Family Wines, 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel Artisan Series, Russian River Valley, CA

Dessert/Specialty Sweepstake Winner

Coopers Hawk Winery and Restaurants, Icewine, Vidal Blanc, IL

Wine Label Sweepstake Winner

Tolosa, 2015 Primera, Edna Valley, CA


Also recognized for extraordinary quality was a list of American award-winning wines, all of which were honored with the Best of Class Awards. Each of the Best of Class winners were categorized to provide consumers with an easy reference guide to delicious and affordable wines based on insights from industry specialists. A complete listing of winners in each category can be found under the “Medal Winners” section at

The public will have a chance to taste many of these award winning wines at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition’s Public Tasting, happening February 18 from 1:30-5pm at the Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion in San Francisco.

Follow the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition on Twitter @Winejudging for info on the event and for special contests, including ticket giveaways, leading up to the public tasting.

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

1:30pm – 5pm

$70 Advance Purchase, $90 at the door (the event has sold out for the past seven years; advance ticket purchase is recommended.)

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 About the SFCWC: Founded in 1983 as the modestly sized Cloverdale Citrus Fair Wine Competition, the current competition 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 Cloverdale Citrus Fair, host of the SFCWC, supports wine and food education at educational institutions and nonprofit organizations. Leftover wines from the competition are often donated to wine programs at the Santa Rosa Junior College, Fresno State University, Sonoma State University, California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, and other non-profit organizations.