The 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition's Annual "Call for
For the past 15 years, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
has been the barometer of how consumers select and measure wine. The San
Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) is the largest competition
of American wines in the World and broke records again last year with an
astonishing 5,800 entries. Submissions came pouring in from boutique
wineries and large scale producers spanning 25 different states.
Year after year, wineries return with more entries because they see
the intrinsic value that a "San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Award Winner" title can bring, including increased sales and brand
In honor of our landmark anniversary, we're showcasing 15 of the best
reasons why you should enter your wines in this venerated competition.
- Winery award winners will be recognized in a 32 page SFCWC Wine
Awards Special Section in The San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday,
February 8, 2015 reaching over one million people in the greater San
Francisco Bay Area, the richest wine demographic in the world.
- The Best of Class and Sweepstakes winners will also be published
on SFGate.com, the online home of the San Francisco Chronicle and
the largest online search engine in Northern California.
- Sweepstakes and Best of Class winners are recognized in numerous
consumer and wine related media outlets, including Wine Press
Northwest, Wine and Spirits Magazine, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat,
and many other national and regional publications.
- Wines entered are evaluated by over 66 of the most prestigious
wine judges in United States, including Jon Bonné, wine editor of
the San Francisco Chronicle, Wilfred Wong, Chief Storyteller at
Wine.com, Jessica Altieri, CEO of Wine Channel TV, and many more.
- Award winning sweepstakes and gold medal winners get featured
prominently on radio and television shows. KGO Radio and NBC Bay
Area television are annual sponsors and highlight winning wines and
conduct live broadcasts from the event.
- Major retailers such as BevMo! sponsor the event and highlight
it to their membership of over 30,000. Plus, Whole Foods and Savor
California also join as sponsors and support the competition with
cross promotion to thousands in their customer base.
- Wine awards included in POS materials will aid in distribution
to multiple channels such as grocery stores, liquor stores, fine
wine shops, restaurants, bars, and more.
- Winning wines entered will receive exposure throughout the year
on WineJudging.com, as well as on the official WineJudging.com
Facebook and Twitter pages. In the weeks leading up to the
competition, WineJudging.com sees over 30,000 hits per day on its
- Winning wines entered will be put in front of the most
influential wine buyers and wine educators in the industry.
- Many award winners are invited to pour at the San Francisco
Chronicle Wine Competition, which is consistently a sellout event
each year and draws a young, affluent demographic.
- Wineries will enjoy unique, grass roots marketing opportunities
for gold medal winning wines.
- Award winning gold medal wines will be featured in social media
promotions in various digital platforms.
- Wineries will see increased attention for award winning wines
with participating Vineyard and Vintners Associations throughout the
- Make new wines and drink the old, some may win silver and some
may win gold! Silver and Gold winners will receive a well known
commemorative plaque which can be displayed in tasting rooms and at
- Because in wine there is wisdom, but in awards there is
prestige. And prestige is priceless.
The San Francisco Chronicle is currently accepting wine entries for
the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest wine
competition of American wines in the world. The deadline for entries
November 20, 2014 (Note: Entry Deadline
Extended: December 10, 2014). Information and entry forms are available at