After receiving 5,825 entries from more than 25 states, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, hailed as the largest competition of American wines in the world and presented by BevMo!, has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few.
Over 65 professional wine judges, from a myriad of fields that included trade, education, media, retail, and hospitality, traveled to the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County to contribute their expertise.
Utilizing an extensive process that divided the varietals into several categories and subcategories, the event gave the panels the chance to rate entries as Bronze, Silver, Gold, and “Double Gold” (equivalent to a unanimous rating by all panel members). Only eight entries were honored with the prestigious Sweepstake Award in the categories of Sparkling, White, Pink, Red, and Dessert/Specialty wines.
And the 2014 Sweepstake Award winners are:
Sparkling Sweepstake (tie)
Domaine Carneros by Taittinger 2009 Brut Carneros Domaine Carneros $32.00
Korbel Champagne Cellars Brut Rosé California $11.00
White SweepstakeBaldacci Family Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay Carneros-Napa Sorelle $38.00
Pink SweepstakeBarnard Griffin 2013 Rose of Sangiovese Columbia Valley $12.00
Red Sweepstake (tie)3 Steves Winery 2011 Zinfandel Cienega Valley $31.00
Calcareous Vineyard 2010 Syrah Paso Robles $40.00
Dessert SweepstakeFerrante Winery 2012 Vidal Ice Wine Grand River Valley $28.99
Label SweepstakePredator 2012 Zinfandel Lodi,
WHEN: Saturday, February 15, 2014
WHERE: Festival Pavilion,
TIME: 1:30pm – 5pm
INFO: For tickets and information, visit www.winejudging.com