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2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Offers A Taste of Indulgence
Largest Competition of American Wines in the World Announces Annual Public Tasting

After the chaos of the holiday season, what better way is there to relax than with good wine and great friends?  The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) is the ideal opportunity to celebrate both at the Annual Public Tasting, held February 20, 2010 at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion in San Francisco.  Featuring thousands of the country’s finest wines and a truly exceptional spread of gourmet fare, this popular event encourages everyone to come together, toast to a New Year and enjoy a bit of the best life has to offer.

An experience that surpasses glamour and sophistication, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting offers tickets for $45 through the stocking stuffer program through December 31, 2009, and $60 after January 1, 2010 when purchased in advance from www.winejudging.com, and has historically sold out weeks in advance.  However, 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, to be enjoyed among sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin County and the San Francisco Bay.  Gourmet food website 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.

Philanthropy also plays a large role in the tradition of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, as the competition annually supports wine and culinary educational programs and donates to non-profit groups.

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.

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, the SFCWC proudly generated a total of over 4,736 wines from 1,212 winery brands, submitted from 300 wineries in 26 states throughout the country.

The 2009 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 20, 2010
WHERE: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
TIME: 2pm – 5pm
COST: $60 Advance Purchase / $80 at the door (if admittance is available)
INFO: For tickets and information, visit http://www.winejudging.com/event_tickets.htm.

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