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A Sunny 2013 Public Tasting!
Cal Poly Girls: Alexandra Fraser, Amanda Guevara, Brooke Fraser, Erin Thompson,
Monica Bumb. Photo: Hawkes Photography
On February 16th, under clear skies and a cool breeze, hundreds of sail boats from the Corinthian Mid-Winter’s race dotted the San Francisco Bay with their colorful spinnakers and provided a spectacular kaleidoscopic backdrop for the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting. As in previous years, it was again a packed house with over 5,000 people at the Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion in San Francisco. Bob Fraser, SFCWC Executive Director states, "It was one of those gorgeous San Francisco days in which Bay Area folks flocked to the pavilion by the bay to enjoy wine, food, and companionship. It seemed that everyone agreed that this tasting was one of the best ever. I really appreciate the support of the wine and food industry in sharing their wonderful products and showing their allegiance for our patrons of the event".
Sponsored by Bevmo!, the event featured thousands of award-winning wines and delicious gourmet food provided by local artisans from SavorCalifornia.com, the International Culinary Center, California Culinary Academy and the culinary department at the Santa Rosa Junior college. More than 800 wineries participated and joining them was sponsor Anheuser Busch with wonderful selections of beer. There was excitement everywhere with celebrity appearances by renowned chef Tyler Florence and Bachelor star Ben Flajnik. This was all captured by KGO Radio's Ryan Scott's live broadcast from the event where he interviewed many of the winemakers.
So make sure you save the date for next year's San Francisco Chronicle's Public Tasting on February 15, 2014. See you then.
DeLoach Vineyards Hosts SFCWC Judges' Dinner
The 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Official Judges Dinner host is DeLoach Vineyards of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, California.
DeLoach Vineyards focuses on small-lot winemaking, giving exceptional care and attention to their Russian River Valley, O.F.S. and Vineyard Designate wines. Their passion is Pinot Noir - the noble variety of Burgundy that demands a delicate, labor-intensive process to showcase the exceptional terroir and complexity of the Russian River Valley and beyond. They have the diligence required to produce truly original, terroir-driven Pinot Noir. In keeping with their Burgundian Heritage, they use French open-top wood fermentors for all their Russian River Valley, O.F.S, and Vineyard Designate Pinot Noirs, as well as their old-vine Zinfandel. They also practice hand punch-downs, known as pigeage -- another Burgundian winemaking tradition.
5,000+ Visit Sold-Out 2012 SFCWC Public Tasting!
See you at the 2013 Public Wine Tasting!!
"The 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting was a smashing success", reports Bob Fraser, Executive Director. "There were over 5,000 people in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco enjoying the wonderful warm day and great food/wine... Additional pictures will be available online so please come back to visit", Fraser adds.
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Meet the SFCWC Professional Judges
The SFCWC sets the standards for the year by choosing renowned judges to award wines that are truly exceptional. This year, 60 judges from across the country bring their knowledge, passion and trained palates to determine the fates of more than 5,500 entries and this event will allow the public to discover new ways to experience wine. Unpretentious and fun, the Public Tasting encourages everyone to come together, learn, and indulge their taste buds.
Sponsoring the SFCWC
KGO 810 has been the exclusive radio sponsor for the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition since its inception, reports Bob Fraser. "The media support of promotional spots on KGO and the recognition of the Sweepstake Winemakers has been tremendous for the consumers of not only the Bay Area but throughout California and into some areas of the Pacific Northwest. They add special excitement to the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition..."
NBC Bay Area is proud to be the Television media sponsor of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. NBC Bay Area has supported SFCWC for the past six years and you can see the last year’s webisode just visit NBCBayArea.com and search San Francisco Wine Competition.
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Keeping with the liveliness of the Public Tasting, our magazine partner invites everyone to “Live well, Drink well”! Wine & Spirits Magazine is back as the official magazine of the Public Tasting, presenting best of more than 10,000 wines screened by panels and critics, along with top destinations for wine and food, perspectives on distinctive wine regions and news. Subscribe today and gain immediate access to their online database of ratings and reviews.