2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Rules and Information

Entry Period is Closed.

Also See: Entry Booklet

Registration and fees:

$30.00 per brand Administration /Award fee.

Entry per wine:
online: $65, offline (paper): $80 from 10/1/2016 to 11/20/2016
online: $80, offline (paper): $95 from 11/21/2016 to 12/10/2016

Register online at enofileonline.com or download a paper entry form at winejudging.com.

$100.00 public tasting table registration fee.

(San Francisco Chronicle Public Tasting, Fort Mason Center, SF February 18, 2017 1:30-5:00 P.M.

Pay online when registering for a table at the public tasting. There are limited tables and no refunds available.

How to Enter:

  1. Online Entry at www.enofile.com
  2. Choose 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  3. Log in to your account or select “Register” to set up a new account
  4. Register your wines.
  5. Ship or deliver your wine by December 10th with a copy of your online receipt to:

Cloverdale Citrus Fair
1 Citrus Fair Drive
Cloverdale, CA 95425

If you have any questions, please contact:

Cary Fraser 707-291-7707

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Any grape or fruit grown or bottled in the United States on a bonded wine premises is eligible for entry. Types of products include: wine, brandy, port, sherry, cider, low alcohol wine, de-alcoholized wine or vermouth.
  2. An official entry shall consist of one of the following:
    a. Six 750 ml bottles
    b. Six 1L bottles, carafes or boxes
    c. Six 1.5 L Bottles
    d. Nine 375 ml or 500 ml bottles
    e. Three 3L Boxes
    f. One 5L Box
  3. All wines delivered will not be returned to winery. All wines, including leftover wines belong to the Cloverdale Citrus Fair and will be used for beneficiary and staffing purposes by the Cloverdale Citrus Fair.

Minimum Quantity Requirements

The wine entered must be part of a single lot of at least 60 gallons of identical finished wine.

Entry Limitations

  1. There is no limit on the number of entries of a winery.
  2. No wine may be entered more than once by an entrant even if it is marketed under different labels.

Wine Label

Do not include a wine label in your shipment unless you are entering the label contest.

Entry Form

The online entry form must be complete in every detail, including retail price per bottle, exact percentage of residual sugar, alcohol and acidity levels, gallons produced, vintage date, the region and class code, vineyard designation(if any) estate bottled (if applicable) county of winery and an official signature.

The SFCWC is not responsible for errors on the entry form or misinformation supplied by winery personnel or their designated representatives. Although we take every precaution to locate mistakes, we cannot be responsible for correcting errors.

The SFCWC may withhold awards for entries that are ineligible or have been disqualified, and may recover awards that have been made for ineligible or disqualified entries that are disclosed during post-audits of Fair records. A wine may be disqualified for any errors on the entry form. The SFCWC and the Cloverdale Citrus Fair reserve the right to move entries to proper codes upon delivery of the wines.

Delivery & Shipping

Wines must arrive between November 14, 2016 and December 12, 2016. Receiving times are 9am to 4:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. No deliveries will be accepted on Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays. The SFCWC may refuse any entries that arrive after December 12, 2016. The entering winery is responsible for shipping costs of their wines. No C.O.D.

Please mark multiple box shipments with box number and total boxes shipped (Box 1of 4, Box 2 of 4, etc.) Double check to make sure the wines that are shipped match the entry form. The SFCWC will not shipped wines back to the wineries that were incorrectly sent.

All Wines must be Delivered or Shipped to:

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Cloverdale Citrus Fair
1 Citrus Fair Drive
Cloverdale, CA 95425
Attn: Wine Competition

Checks or Correspondence sent via US Mail should go to:

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Cloverdale Citrus Fair
1 Citrus Fair Drive
Cloverdale, Ca 95425

Only the Director, Assistant Director, Entry Coordinator or the Cloverdale Citrus Fair designated appointee are authorized to receive entries.

Award Plaques and Recognition

a. All gold and sweepstakes winners will be recognized in the San Francisco Chronicle special section on February 12, 2017

b. Award plaques will be sent to wineries prior to the public tasting event. Please include physical address as Fed EX & UPS will not deliver to a PO Box.

Public Tasting Information

a. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition public tasting is at Fort Mason in San Francisco on February 18, 2017

b. All winery brands are invited to pour their award winning wines with a $100.00 per table reservation fee. After December 31, 2016 the late table reservation will be $150.00, if tables are available. There will be no refunds for table reservations

c. All sweepstakes winners are required to participate at the public tasting or ship 2 cases of sweepstakes wine to be poured by staff.

d. Additional information concerning the public tasting is on www.winejudging.com.