Over the past two decades, 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. We are excited this year to include Canada and Mexico to the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- now the largest wine competition of North American wines.
Another major change to the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is only requiring four bottles for judging from wineries versus the six bottles in former years. We have become more efficient in the judging process and wanted to save our wineries the added cost of the entries and shipping costs. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition will once again reward wineries with plaques for silver and higher awards- one of the few competitions that go to the expensive plaque for winery recognition of current vintage wine awards.
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 enofileonline.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 2019. Wineries will once again achieve 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 2019 SFCWC Public Tasting at Fort Mason Center, which takes place Saturday, February 16, 2019. This is an invaluable opportunity to network with one of the largest wine consumer demographic in the world- the San Francisco Bay wine consumer.
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
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Anne Vercelli, Assistant Director
Cary Fraser, Wine Entry Coordinator
Janis Garrigus, Wine Receiving and Coding
Pam Studley, Wine Receiving and Coding
Megan Olenberger, Operations
Sage Sokol-Lansing, Computer Design Technician
Kelly Klaver, Public Tasting Sponsor and Food Supervisor
Ed & Ginny Barnett, Client Services
Katie Young, Cloverdale Citrus Fair CEO