2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Sweepstakes WinnersThe results are in for the largest competition of American wines in the world.  This year the stakes get even higher for the prestigious competition, as the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition sets a new record with 5,500 entries.

2012 SFCWC Sweepstakes Winners:

Sparkling Wine: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards 2006 Carneros Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine $28.00

White Wine: Dr. Konstantin Frank 2010 Finger Lakes Gewürztraminer Reserve $24.99

Pink Wine: Barnard Griffin 2011 Columbia Valley Rose of Sangiovese $12.00

Red Wine: McGrail Vineyards & Winery 2008 Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve $36.00

Dessert Wine: Castello di Amorosa 2010 Anderson Valley Late Harvest Gewurztraminer $35.00

Label: Mutt Lynch Winery 2009 Out of Reach…Muttitage

For a complete list of 2012 award winners Click Here!

A public tasting of these award winning wines will be at the Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center in San Francisco from 2-5 pm on February 18, 2012.

Reaction on 2012 Competition:

MARK CLARIN, WINEMAKER, MCGRAIL VINEYARDS & WINERY: “My first reaction is shock. I am humbled by the accolades. I am thankful to be a part of a great family striving to grow the best Cabernet Sauvignon. I am so pleased that a Livermore Valley wine has won for the red wine category. We have such a history with white wines.”

JON BONNE, WINE EDITOR, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: “A gold medal or higher at this competition is a home run for a winery.”

BRENDA LYNCH, OWNER & WINEMAKER, MUTT LYNCH WINERY: “I’m barking at the moon happy!!!”

WILLIAM BLOXXOM-CARTER, DIR. OF FOOD & BEVERAGE, PLAYBOY MANSION WEST: “This year’s dinner at Clos Du Bois was one of the best wine festival judging dinners I’ve been to in my 8 years. They really nailed it.”

ERIC DEGERMAN, WINE PRESS NORTHWEST: “It’s the super bowl of judging wines.”

DEBORAH PARKER-WONG, THE TASTING PANEL MAGAZINE: “It’s a rare professional experience to work with judges of this caliber; even for a seasoned professional.”

MARIE GEWIRTZ, MARIE GEWIRTZ MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS: “It is an tremendous honor to win Sweepstakes with the Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blancs from this distinguished San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.  This 25th anniversary year for Gloria Ferrer has brought many opportunities to celebrate. I attribute this success to the estate Carneros vineyards and the talent and longevity of the Gloria Ferrer winegrowing team that make consistently high quality wines from vintage to vintage.”

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