For the past 15 years we have been devoted to wine, what’s in the bottles, and the people and places behind those bottles. Last year alone we had over 25 states competing from across America and our judges scrutinized 5,800 entries ranging from light and fragrant to rich and powerful. Our intention has been to bring national attention to the complex flavors and regional distinctions that are created from grapes grown in a diversity of American Viticulture Areas. The people who make it are artisans who balance advanced technological tools with traditional approaches, and we believe they need to be recognized.
The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) is one of the industry’s most respected, and highly publicized, wine competitions in the country. It is specifically designed to provide an even playing field for both large scale and boutique wineries. The SFCWC’s most important attribute and distinction from other competitions is that every winery has the opportunity to enter and to win.
The SFCWC is taking this opportunity to issue a “Call for Entries” for its 2015 competition. Entries will be accepted from now until the end of November and will be evaluated the first week of January. The SFCWC uses a unique collaborative style of judging as it evaluates thousands of entries from around the country by judges from across the United States.
In cooperation with Northern California’s largest newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, the SFCWC will provide heightened exposure to the award winning wineries in 2015. In February, the San Francisco Chronicle will publish a special section and post online the award winning wines for more than 1.7 million readers. The Chronicle’s online site, SFGATE.com, will also partner with the competition to offer comprehensive coverage of the award winning wines. The nationally recognized Wine & Spirits Magazine is returning as a major sponsor and will publish a full page spread of award winning wines. This year’s publicity will include coverage in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and all other local and trade media throughout the country, as well as sponsorships from KGO-AM 810 and NBC-TV. The Larose Group, our public relations agency, will increase wine award exposure through additional media outlets including print, radio, websites, blogs, social media and various other platforms throughout the country.
After the judging is complete, we bring our judges’ knowledge and the opportunity to taste these delicious wines to consumers at the Public Tasting and Pairing at Fort Mason Center, on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, 2015.
We believe that this competition is a true barometer that consumers can use to educate themselves and measure premium wines.
Thank you for your participation and good luck.
Bob & Scott Fraser, Directors