This page will be updated with important information for wineries.
Call for Entries is Closed!
Entry Deadline (Extended): December 17, 2013
Wine Due: December 17, 2013
- Public Tasting: February 15, 2014
Entry Booklet and Forms
2014 Wine Judging Categories
Public Tasting Details and Instructions for the Wineries
2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting Winery
Gold medal winners must be represented at the tasting. Tables at the
Public Tasting are almost sold out. If you would like to purchase a
table, contact Teri Edens at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair: 707.894.9232.
Wineries attending the tasting are responsible for transporting their
own wine to Fort Mason. Do not ship the wine to the Citrus Fair, Fort
Mason or Groskopf.
If you have won a gold or higher medal and are not able to
participate in the public tasting, one case on each gold or higher award
winning wine must be sent to Groskopf Warehouse no later than Friday,
2014 Wineries with a paid table reservation, please review the
- Date and Time: February 15, 2014. Registration takes
place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. NOTE: Tables not staffed by 1:00
p.m. will be forfeited – please arrive promptly. Doors open to the
public at 1:15 p.m. even though the published event time is 1:30
p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Location: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center in San
Francisco. Wine cannot be shipped to the venue in advance; Fort
Mason will not receive wine on behalf of the event.
- Attendees: Maximum 2 staff per table. Additional
staff must purchase tickets to attend.
- Plaques will be mailed to you directly by Crown Awards
and will arrive in advance of the tasting. All Silver and higher
awards will be on one plaque. Bronze awards are recognized on
- Arrival: Drop-off wine in front of the Pavilion.
Visit winejudging.com for details on parking and shuttles. After
returning to Fort Mason, follow the signs and enter the side of the
building to complete check-in.
- Unfortunately, due to new requirements from the
management at the Fort, ice will not be available in the pavilion.
Please bring your own cooler and any ice that you may need.
- To lessen our environmental impact, we changed to
bottle-less water several years ago. It is filtered and available at
stations in the Pavilion. If you wish to have water on your table,
bring your own pitcher. Otherwise rinse with wine when necessary.
Dump buckets will be provided on each table.
- No sales of wine are permitted.
- There is no trade tasting before or during the event.
The San Francisco Chronicle is adamant that this tasting be strictly
for the public. Trade partners and friends must purchase a ticket
if they wish to taste at the event.
- Limit tastes to ¾ ounce. Stop pouring at 4:30 p.m. as
required by the ABC Temporary License. All bottles must be off of
the table at 5:00 p.m. Safety concerns and the law are paramount.
Encourage responsible tasting and discourage drunkenness.
Wineries that are not attending the Public Tasting, please review the
Ship one case of Gold, Double Gold, BOC and Sweepstake winners to be
poured by volunteers at the tasting to
20580 8th Street
Sonoma, CA 95476-9590
Wines not poured at the
public tasting will be donated to collegiate wine education programs.
The non-profit organizers of the event are not affiliated with any
wine industry trade organization. Proceeds of the event benefit
collegiate wine programs as well.
Please share the news about the event at Fort Mason; a copy of the
2014 flyer is enclosed. More information and links to purchase
additional tickets are online at winejudging.com.