Over the past 18 years, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) has grown to become one of the world’s most respected and highly publicized wine competitions. The competition has established itself as a platform for large and boutique wineries alike to showcase their wines on a national scale and increase sales.
Last year, our incredible judging panel scrutinized over 7,000 entries from across America. Our judges, who hail from a variety of American Viticulture/ Regions, bring unique insight due to their variety of backgrounds in retail, trade, restaurant/hospitality, media, and education. Using a unique collaborative style of blind judging and their very educated palates, they are able to analyze and single out the very best wines in America.
This year, the Cloverdale Citrus Fair is once again honored to organize and host the 2018 SFCWC. As such, we are proud to announce our official “Call for Entries” for the 2018 competition. Entries will be accepted from now until November 15th, and the wines will be evaluated in the first week of January. We encourage wineries to go to winejudging.com for information about the competition, or they can go directly to enofile.com for immediate registration and entry.
In cooperation with Northern California’s largest newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle and SFGATE, the SFCWC will provide heightened exposure to the award winning wineries in 2018. Media sponsorships for the competition include KGO-AM 810, NBC TV and Wine & Spirits Magazine which will be a major returning sponsor that will publish a full page spread of award winning wines. The Larose Group, our public relations agency, will increase wine award exposure through additional media outlets including print, radio, websites, blogs and social media. All awards will be listed online at winejudging.com throughout the full year.
After the judging is complete, wineries also have the opportunity to pour their wines for the large and prestigious San Francisco Bay wine consumer demographic at the 2018 SFCWC Public Tasting at Fort Mason Center, which takes place Saturday, February 17, 2018. This is an invaluable opportunity to meet wine lovers from all ages and demographics, Millennials to Baby Boomers, who are responsible for the modern surge in wine sales.
We are very proud that consumers use the SFCWC as a tool to educate themselves and measure the quality of premium wines. Most importantly, the prestige of being a SFCWC winner and the heightened exposure to the media means that wineries will see increased sales.
Bob & Scott Fraser