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Largest Competition of American Wines in the World Announces Prestigious Sweepstakes Award Winners

(San Francisco, Calif., January 9, 2012)---Out of a record-breaking 5,500 wine entries from over 1,500 wineries from more than 25 states, the top five 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition sweepstake winners are:


Sparkling Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Blanc de Blancs, 2006 Sonoma $28

White Dr. Konstantin Frank, Gewurztaminer, 2010 Finger Lakes $24.99

Blush Barnard Griffin, Rose of Sangiovese, 2011 Columbia Valley $12

Red McGrail Vineyards & Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Livermore Valley $36

Dessert Castello di Amorosa, Late Harvest Gewurztaminer, 2010 Anderson Valley $35


The sweepstake winners are determined by a prestigious group of more than 65 judges, ensuring the highest and in-depth knowledge of the wine industry. Many other wineries received top awards in the one of the competition’s 102 categories. To see the complete list of all the winners, go to www.winejudging.com.

For more information or to set up interviews, contact Frances Larose at 650.548.6700 or via email at flarose@prmagic.com.


SAVE THE DATE: The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting will be held at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco on February 18, 2012. Tickets are $65 when purchased in advance from www.winejudging.com.  The Public Tasting is always a sold out event, so don’t wait until the last minute to purchase your tickets; admittance, if still available the day of the Tasting, is $80 at the door.

Founded in 1983 as the modestly sized Cloverdale Citrus Fair Wine Competition, the SFCWC has evolved for the past quarter of a century, expanding its eligibility to wineries throughout the United States. Proceeds benefit the Santa Rosa Junior College Wine Studies and Culinary Programs; the Enology / Wine Programs at CSU Fresno and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

The 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is grateful to the presenting sponsors such as KGO 810, 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
WHEN: Saturday, February 18, 2012
WHERE: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
TIME: 2pm – 5pm
COST: $65 Advance Purchase / $80 at the door (if admittance is available)
INFO: For tickets and information, visit www.winejudging.com.
Press photos and interviews available upon request to Frances Larose at 650.548.6700 or via email flarose@prmagic.com 
 
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