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Largest Competition of American Wines in the World Announces Annual Public Tasting

2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Offers a Refreshing New Way to Learn and Experience the Joys of WineWhat makes a wine collector? Well just about anyone who stores a bottle they plan on opening in the future for that special occasion. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC), the largest competition of American Wines in the World, is the ideal place to experience a refreshing new educational look at wine and food pairing. Scrutinized by a contingent of professional wine judges, the Public Tasting is your chance to experience new and exciting award winning wines with a group of friends at the Annual Public Tasting held February 19, 2011 at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion in San Francisco. The tasting will feature thousands of the country’s finest wineries and their awarded wines, along with a truly exceptional spread of gourmet fare. Unpretentious and fun, this popular event encourages everyone to come together, learn about many new wines and enjoy a dream fulfilling new wine experience.

Your palate will thank you as you meander through more than 300 wineries pouring their sophisticated award winning wines at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting. The tickets are affordable; $50 through the stocking stuffer program through December 31, 2010, and $65 after January 1, 2011 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.

The SFCWC Public Tasting provides a wide array of delectable varietals and victuals 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 provides 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.

Founded in 1983 as the modestly sized Cloverdale Citrus Fair Wine Competition, the SFCWC has evolved immensely over the years, expanding its eligibility to wineries throughout the United States. In 2000, the event gained sponsorship from the San Francisco Chronicle and appropriately assumed the title the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

The proceeds of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition support the non-profit Cloverdale Citrus Fair and help support wine and food education at educational institutions and non-profit organizations. Santa Rosa Junior College Wine Studies Department and the Culinary Arts Program, Fresno State University Enology Program, California Polytechnic State University Enology Program at San Luis Obispo, and other non-profit organizations have received support from past competitions.

2007 marked the first year that the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition officially broke world records, boasting an astonishing 3,800 American wine entries. Formally established as the largest competition of American wines in the world in 2008, the SFCWC proudly hosted a competition of over 4,736 wines. In 2010 over 60 experts within the media, trade, hospitality and education industries from around the country experienced an astounding 4,913 entries. Keeping up the ever expanding tradition, the SFCWC has released their 2011 “Call for Entries” and anticipates another record breaking year.

The 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is grateful to Presenting Sponsor Target, 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
WHEN: Saturday, February 19, 2011
WHERE: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
TIME: 2pm – 5pm
COST: $55 Stocking Stuffer promotion until Dec. 31, 2010
$65 Advance Purchase
$80 at the door (if admittance is available)
INFO: For tickets and information, visit www.winejudging.com.

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