2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Rules and Information

Registration and Fees

Registration: 10/1/2018 – 11/15/2018
Judging: 1/8/2019 – 1/11/2019
Required: $30.00 per brand Administrative fee (helps offset plaque costs)
Wine Fees per Wine Entry: Required for wineries
Online: $70.00 | Offline (paper): $85.00 from 10/1/2018 to 11/15/2018 (normal filing period)
Online: $85.00 | Offline (paper): $100.00 from 11/16/2018 to 12/20/2018

Public Tasting Table Registration

$125.00 per Table Before 12/20/2018
$175.00 per Table After 12/21/2018 (If Available) (No Refunds)


Description of Competition

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is currently the largest wine competition in North America. All bonded wineries in the United States, Canada, and Mexico are eligible to enter the wine competition. No entries from wines grown or produced outside of North America are eligible to enter. Professional wine judges are sourced throughout the major wine regions in North America to offer diversity of expertise to each judging panel. A major advantage to wineries entering the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the vast recognition and outreach of the award winning wines including the published wine award special section of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper.

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is one of the few wine competitions that produce award winning plaques for silver and above wine awards for tasting room and winery outreach purposes. All wineries are invited to pour their award winning wines at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting at Fort Mason Center on February 16, 2019. This allows wineries to showcase their wines to over 5,000 consumers of the Bay Area. Wineries need to reserve tables for this public tasting upon registration as tables get sold out early.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Deadline for sending wine is December 12, 2018.
An official entry shall consist of one of the following:
1. Four 750ml bottles (New! Previously six bottles were required)
2. Three 1L bottles, carafes, or boxes
3. Three 1.5 L Bottles
4. Four 375ml or 500ml bottles (New! Previously six bottles were required)
5. Two 3L boxes
6. One 5L Box
7. 8 cans
8. One label or one bottle for wine label competition (Must enter wine label category)

All unused wines for the competition will not be returned to the winery. All wines leftover will be used for competition staffing and beneficiary purposes of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Receiving times for hand delivery or shipping are 9:00 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday. No deliveries will be accepted on Saturday, Sunday,
or Holidays.

Include copy of registration form with shipping containers and mark boxes with winery name

Ship To

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

Other Requirements

The wine entered must be a part of a single lot of at least 60 gallons of identical finished wine and from a bonded winery (no amateur wines accepted).
There is no limit to the number of entries by a winery, Only fruit and grapes grown or produced in the United States, Canada, or Mexico are eligible for entry. No foreign grown grapes or produced wines outside Mexico and Canada are eligible.
No wine may be entered more than once by an entrant.

Award Plaques & Recognition

Award plaques will be awarded to wineries if they have received a silver or higher award. Wineries receiving only Bronze awards will be recognized on the winejudging.com website and will not receive a plaque. All gold and above winning wines will be recognized in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Awards Special Section Publication on Sunday, February 10, 2019. All Best of Class Winners and Sweepstake Winners will be recognized on SFGATE.com. All award winners and additional stories will be listed on winejudging.com.

Additional information is on winejudging.com or contact Cary at 707-291-7707 or cary@winejudging.com