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

The Largest Competition of American Wines in the World Overcomes the Fiscal Cliff...

(San Francisco, October 7, 2013) – The Fiscal Cliff struck the hearts, minds and purses of vintners and consumers alike. How could wine makers create affordable wines that appeal to consumers? How could consumers find satisfying wines that appeal to their senses but remain affordable? 

The 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has solved this dilemma.   The first competition of the year, this unique competition is designed to bring together the most distinguished judges in the country to compare wines in multiple price ranges and varieties to determine the best of the best in each category that appeal to all walks of life from a college student to a sommelier.. The largest competition of American wines in the world has created a win-win situation for every palate.    An elite group of individuals from media, trade, educators, restaurant and hospitality industries (including wine buyers and winemakers), from New York to California and everywhere in between come together for an intensive week-long judging session. When the judging is over, wine drinkers know what they like and vintners know their efforts have not gone unrewarded.

For over 22 years the SFCWC, formerly the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Wine Competition, has grown and redefined itself in response to the needs of wineries and consumers. Last year the judges scrutinized over 5,500 wines from budget to exclusive categories. This year, the San Francisco competition promises to be even better than ever and will soothe the minds and hearts of American citizens who attend.

San Francisco is one of America's favorite places to live, work and play. It is home to some of the most exceptional food and wine in the country. The SFCWC urges Americans during these trying times to join them in raising a glass of cheer in recognition of the Bay Area's beauty and essence of elegance at the annual Public Tasting held at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco on Saturday, February 15th from 1:30-5 p.m. The stunning views of the Bay will linger in the souls of attendees while the government determines its fate.

The winning wines and wineries will be featured in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Wine Awards Special Section, and online at SFGate.com in February. In addition, the wineries will be featured in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and in other papers across the country. Throughout 2013 and 2014 the SFCWC will continue to feature all medal-winning wines at sfgate.com, winejudging.com, as well as promotions through Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other social networking outlets.

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is an annual fundraiser that supports wine studies, enology, and viticulture programs for higher education institutions in California. Left over wines from the competition is donated annually to Santa Rosa Junior College, Fresno State University, Sonoma State University, and California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo.

Join us and taste for yourself at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition's Public Tasting on Saturday, February 15th from 1:30-5 p.m. at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.

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