Greetings from SFCWC Directors, Bob & Scott Fraser

Welcome, wineries!

Bob & Scott Fraser

IT HAS BEEN EXCITING IN CELEBRATING OUR 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY with the San Francisco Chronicle in the year 2020- hence 2020-20! It seems like yesterday when Dennis Banks, former advertising executive of the San Francisco Chronicle, and we were discussing the idea of the Chronicle emerging as the naming sponsor of the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Wine Competition.

A major metropolitan newspaper sitting as a hub to the wine country with an outstanding food and wine section partnering with one of the most respected wine competitions in Northern California was a match in heaven. The Chronicle top brass and staff supported this naming sponsor in full force- in not only sponsorship support but in publishing one of the largest wine awards special sections in the wine competition industry- last year nearly 50 pages. And, to top it off, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting in the City every President’s Day Weekend in February has been one of the San Francisco showcase consumer events every year.

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.

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 for information about the competition, or they can go directly to 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 2020. 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 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 2020 SFCWC Public Tasting at Fort Mason Center, which takes place Saturday, February 15, 2020. This is an invaluable opportunity to network with one of the largest wine consumer demographic in the world the San Francisco Bay wine consumer.

Please consider celebrating the 2020 20 year anniversary of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition by registering your wines today! We are pulling out all stops in making this anniversary year special for our winery partners.

Bob & Scott Fraser
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Bob & Scott Fraser, Executive Directors
Anne Vercelli, Assistant Director
Cary Fraser, Winery Entry & Services Administrator
Mark Klaver, Sponsorship/Marketing Coordinator
Janis Garrigus, Competition and Public Tasting Winery Operations Supervisor
Megan Olenberger, Public Tasting Gate/Patron Operations Supervisor
Kelly Klaver, Public Tasting Food Supervisor
Ed & Ginny Barnett, Client Services Associates
Katie Young, Cloverdale Citrus Fair CEO

Sarah Morse Cooney
San Francisco Chronicle VP Marketing,
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Heather Elliott-Hudson
San Francisco Chronicle Multi-Media Account Manager
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