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For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Frances Larose
650.548.6700 / flarose@prmagic.com

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Invites the General Public to Indulge Their Senses in Award-Winning Wines and Gourmet Foods

SFCWC Invites Public to Taste Food & Wine

(San Francisco, January 2013) --- Without the proper knowledge, wine pairing can be a difficult, esoteric process. With a myriad of wines to choose from, a person might make the wrong selection when choosing a chardonnay, instead of a pinot grigio, to go with his or her meal. To help educate the public, and showcase thousands of award-winning wines from across the country, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition presented by BevMo! returns to the Fort Mason Center February 16th to host its annual Public Tasting.

Today, there is at least one commercial winery in every state of the U.S., including Hawaii and Alaska. Between 1999 and 2010, the number of wineries increased dramatically from 2,688 to 6,668[1]. Today, over 1 million acres of our nation’s land is dedicated to the cultivation of grapes and California alone produces over 17 million gallons of wine annually[2],[3]. With that kind of astounding growth year after year, the annual Public Tasting informs every one of the latest and greatest wines available.   

In addition, the Pubic Tasting provides an incomparable array of the country’s finest wines that can be enjoyed while gazing at the sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin County and the San Francisco Bay. Gourmet food (website www.savorcalifornia.com) will provide delicious hand-crafted creations from premier artisan food purveyors, including artisan breads, savory meats, exotic oils, hand crafted cheeses, delicious desserts, floral jams, sumptuous sauces, and other fabulous creations provided by the California Culinary Academy.

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.

The 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is grateful to their Presenting Sponsor BevMo! and their media sponsors, SF Gate.com, KGO Newstalk AM810, NBC Bay Area, and Wine & Spirits Magazine for their sponsorship and support, as well as to American AgCredit and Hilton Fisherman’s Wharf for their involvement.

WHAT: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting, presented by BevMo!
WHEN: Saturday, February 16, 2013
WHERE: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
TIME: 2pm – 5pm
COST: $70 Advance Purchase, $85 at the door (if admittance is available)
INFO: For tickets and information, visit www.winejudging.com.

Please direct all press inquiries to The Larose Group at 650.548.6700, or to flarose@prmagic.com

About the SFCWC:

Founded in 1983 as the modestly sized Cloverdale Citrus Fair Wine Competition, 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 international reputation as the premier competition of American varietals.

[1] http://ita.doc.gov/td/ocg/wine2011.pdf

[2] http://www.wisegeek.com/how-many-types-of-wine-grapes-are-there.htm

[3] http://wine.about.com/od/winetrivia/a/winetrivia.htm

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