2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Rules and Information

REGISTRATION DATES

  • Regular Registration: 10/1/2019 – 11/15/2019
  • Late registration: 11/16/2019 – 12/10/2019
  • Judging: 1/7/2020 – 1/10/2020

WINE FEES PER WINE ENTRY: Required for wineries

  • Regular Registration: 10/1/2019 – 11/15/2019 (normal filing period) Online: $70.00 | Offline (paper): $90.00
  • Late Registration: 11/16/2019 – 12/10/2019 Online: $90.00 | Offline (paper): $110.00
  • Required: $30.00 per brand Administrative fee

PUBLIC TASTING TABLE REGISTRATION (Optional for wineries)

  • $125.00 per table, on or before 12/30/2019 (no refunds)
  • $175.00 per table, after 1/1/2020 (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 15, 2020. 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 10, 2019. An official entry shall consist of the following:

  1. Five 750ml, 375ml, or 500ml bottles
  2. Three 1L or 1.5L bottles, carafes
  3. Two 3L or 5L boxes
  4. 8 cans
  5. One label or bottle for wine label competition (Must enter wine label entry additionally in wine label category and pay corresponding entry fee)

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 or packing slip with shipping containers and mark boxes with winery name. 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.

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 United States, Mexico and Canada are eligible. No wine may be entered more than once by an entrant.

AWARD PLAQUES AND RECOGNTION

Award plaques will be awarded to wineries if they have received a silver or higher award. Wineries can opt not to have award plaques produced by checking off box upon registration with www.enofileonline.

Wineries receiving only Bronze awards will be recognized on the winejudging.com website and will not receive a plaque. All plaques will be sent to the winery address as listed upon registration.

All gold and above winning wines will be recognized in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Awards Special Section Publication on Sunday, February 9, 2020.

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.

2020 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE WINE COMPETITION PUBLIC TASTING

The public tasting will be held at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco on February 15, 2020 from 1:00-4:30 PM. All wineries entering the competition are eligible to pour. Winery tables must be reserved in advance by registering online or calling Cary Fraser. Additional information of the competition and public tasting is online at www.winejudging.com and/or contact Cary Fraser at 707-291-7707 or cary@winejudging.com for personal assistance.

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