Chronicle Wine Competition Reaches New Plateau
Navarro, Geyser Peak and Anapamu Win Sweepstakes Awards
Cloverdale, California (February 2, 2001)
— Boasting record numbers of vintners and entries, The San Francisco Chronicle
Wine Competition awarded 981 medals to close the judging phase of the event.
Twenty-five professional wine judges from all branches of the business swirled,
sniffed and sipped their way through 1,228 entries from 240 wineries during the
two-day competition. Consumers get their chance to taste the medal-winning wines
on Saturday, March 10, 2001 at Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco. The
public tasting, which includes food and vendor exhibits, should be an exciting
addition to the Northern California wine industry and a great opportunity for
consumers to sample wines from all of its growing regions.
judging is very consumer friendly,” said Robin Davis, a wine judge and
food and wine journalist. “The medal winners should have enormous appeal to Bay
Area wine lovers. The results enable winemakers to assess the performance
of their new releases as well.”
The most coveted honors, the Red and White Sweepstakes Awards were respectively given to the 1999 Anapamu Central Coast Syrah, the 2000 Geyser Peak Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc and the 1999 Navarro Anderson Valley Gewürztraminer.
The San Francisco Chronicle
is the principal sponsor of the competition. Founded in 1983 as the Cloverdale
Citrus Fair Wine Competition, the event has evolved over the years, broadening
its base to a greater number of wine regions. It was renamed the California
North Coast Wine Competition in 2000 when 682 wines from over 125 wineries were
entered. Wines bottled in or made from grapes grown in all northern California
counties, from Monterey to the Oregon border and east to the Sierra foothills,
qualified for this year’s competition.
really impressed by the number of renowned producers that entered this year,”
said Bob Fraser, the competition’s executive director. “We have quality wines
from all over Northern California.”
The Chronicle is fully
committed to supporting the event in print and online promotions. Medal-winning
wines and related stories will be featured in a special wine section of
The Chronicle on the Wednesday before the tasting. Other highlights include
160 column inches of Chronicle advertising space, a four-week Chronicle
promotional campaign spotlighting the medal-winning wines prior to the tasting,
tremendous online support at
medal-winning wineries will participate in the public tasting. Besides great
wine, consumers will sample a variety of gourmet foods from a select group of
Bay Area producers, restauranteurs and caterers. Wine industry associations and
vendors will also be on hand.
from the event will go to the Cloverdale Citrus Fair with wine education and
culinary training programs at Santa Rosa Junior College as a beneficiary.
more information at chronicleevents.com,
and winejudging.com. Tickets are
available via ticketweb.com or at the
Fort Mason Box Office (415.441.FMTS).