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(San Francisco, January 3, 2013)—What began in 1983 as the modestly-sized Cloverdale Citrus Fair Wine Competition has since evolved into an institution with a respected reputation within the industry.

Wines ready for judgingFrom as near as Napa to as far as Virginia the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition draws in many experts from media, restaurant and hospitality, retail wine, wine education and wine making to judge over 5,500 entries this year. Competition representatives are expecting record numbers of entries again, keeping the competition solidified as the premier judging of American varietals throughout the United States.

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC), the largest competition of American Wines in the World, is a platform that combines generations of wine connoisseurs with both mature and newer pallets.

Held over four days, the judging will begin January 8 with the sweepstakes (selecting the best of the best) taking place on January 11 at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County, CA.

Once these discerning judges select their choices of silver, gold and double gold wines, a select group of winners is chosen to participate in the annual Public Tasting that will take place on Feb. 16th in San Francisco. This popular event will feature thousands of the country’s finest wineries and their awarded wines, along with gourmet pairings. The Public Tasting allows people to come together, learn about many new wines, and enjoy a dream-fulfilling wine experience.

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.

About the SFCWC:
The SFCWC broke world records in 2007 with 3,800 American wines entered, officially designating it as the largest competition of American wines in the world. In 2012, over 60 experts within the media, trade, hospitality and education industries from around the country witnessed an astounding 5,500 entries – a number that, once again, solidified the SFCWC’s reputation internationally as the premier competition of American varietals.

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