2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Rules and Information


  • Regular Registration: 10/15/2020 – 11/20/2020
  • Late Registration (Late Fee): 11/21/2020 – 12/20/2020
  • Judging: 1/19/2021 – 1/22/2021 (Tentative)

WINE FEES PER WINE ENTRY: Required for wineries

  •  Regular Registration: 10/15/2020 to 11/20/2020 (normal filing period) Online: $80.00
  • Late Registration: 1/21/2020 to 12/20/2020 Online: $105.00
  • Required: $30.00 per brand Administrative fee


The public tasting in San Francisco will not be held in 2021 because of COVID-19.


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 for 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 competitions that produce plaques for silver and above wine award winners for tasting room and winery outreach purposes. The Public Tasting in San Francisco in 2021 will not be held because of COVID-19.


Deadline for sending wine is December 20, 2020.

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 8 a.m. – noon and 1 – 5 p.m. 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.

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.


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


  • 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 will be given 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.com

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 28, 2020.

All Best of Class Winners and Sweepstake Winners will be recognized on SFChronicle.com. All award winners and additional stories will be listed on winejudging.com.


The Public Tasting normally held in February at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco will not be held due to COVID-19. It will return in 2022.

Additional information of the competition and public tasting is online at winejudging.com and/or contact Cary Fraser at 707-291-7707 or carywines@gmail.com for personal assistance.