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More Than 5,000 People Attend Sold-Out 2012 San Francisco
Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting
Over 300 Wineries Poured Award-Winning Wines for the Largest Competition of American Wines in the World
(San Francisco, Calif., February 2012) --- The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American Wines in the world, held another sold-out Public Tasting with more than 5,000 patrons from all over the country at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center on Saturday, February 18.
Guests from all over the country, including California, Kentucky and Hawaii, were greeted with a commemorative wine glass, complimentary bread from Costeaux Bakery, beverages from Smartwater and Zico and KIND health bars. They then meandered through a line-up of more than 300 wineries to taste the winning wines of this year’s competition, including the prestigious sweepstakes contest winners – chosen as the best of the best by all 65 judges, whom are all professionals in the wine industry.
“All of the wineries bring their best wines and I get to taste an incredible variety,” said a guest from Palo Alto, Calif. “I’ve been coming every year with my girlfriends and it has always exceeded my expectations.”
Also in attendance was Ben Flajnik, the star of this season’s hit series on ABC, “The Bachelor.” Flajnik was pouring his gold medal wine, 2010 Sonoma Valley Sauvignon Blanc, along with his Envolve Winery co-owners, Mike Benziger and Danny Flay.
Not only was there wine sampling, but for the first time, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition also held a beer tasting, sponsored by Stella Artois. Guests were given commemorative glasses to enjoy Stella Artois, the best-selling Belgian beer in the world, as well as Leffe and Hoegaarden.
“The Public Tasting was a smashing success,” said Bob Fraser, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Executive Director. “There were over 5,000 people enjoying the beautiful weather in San Francisco and great food and wine. We couldn’t be happier about how it all turned out.”
Throughout the event, guests were also sampling artisan delights from students of the California Culinary Academy and Santa Rosa Junior College culinary program. In addition, 29 small food purveyors from SavorCalifornia.com provided samples of their gourmet specialty food and beverages.
The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting is held annually in February at the Fort Mason in San Francisco. The event is designed for the public to taste the award-winning wines and also to celebrate the achievements of the competition. This year, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition had a record-breaking 5,500 wine entries submitted from more than 1,300 wineries throughout 25 states in America. For the list of winners and pictures from the Public Tasting, go to: www.winejudging.com.
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