SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle

January 12, 2007 18:24 ET

San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate.Com Announce Winners of the 2007 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Winners Featured in Special Section of the San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 12, 2007 -- The winners of the 2007 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition have been chosen. This year, more than 3,800 entries from 1573 winery brands were entered in the competition and evaluated by 55 professional wine judges from throughout the United States.

The 2007 Sweepstake winners are: for Red, 2005 Flying Goat Cellars Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa and 2004 B.R. Cohn Winery Petite Sirah, North Coast; for White, 2006 Geyser Peak Winery Sauvignon Blanc, California and 2006 Windsor Vineyard Gerwurztraminer, Alexander Valley Premium Label; for Sparkling, 1999 Roederer Estate Brut, Anderson Valley L'Ermitage; and for Dessert/Specialty Beverage, 2005 Navarro Vineyards Late Harvest Muscat Blanc, Anderson Valley.

The judging of wines took place between January 9 and January 12 in Sonoma County, California. A complete list of all 2007 Medal Winners by category, including the Best of Class winners, is available at http://sfgate.com/bestofclass/ and will also be published in a special section in The San Francisco Chronicle on Friday, February 16, 2007.

"We were pleased to see 3,800 wines entered by 1573 wineries from 20 states," said Bob Fraser, Executive Director of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. "In such a short time, what originally started out with only a handful of local wines has evolved into a competition that is open to wineries throughout the United States."

The Chronicle is proud to be the naming sponsor for the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. As the leading Bay Area news and information source, The Chronicle continues to offer its readers award-winning news and information about the wine industry with its weekly Wine section every Friday. Additionally, the San Francisco Chronicle is proud to support the competition's beneficiary, the Santa Rosa Junior College Wine Studies Program and Culinary Arts Program. The Chronicle and the competition salute these two programs for educational excellence in the field of wine studies and culinary arts.

All award-winning wines will be available for tasting from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco on February 24. This wine tasting event is open to the public. Tickets are available at www.winejudging.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the single largest American wine competition. All wineries in the United States are now eligible to enter the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. More information on entering next year's competition can be found at www.winejudging.com.

The San Francisco Chronicle is the Bay Area's leading news and information source and has been connecting the region with its award-winning journalism since its founding in 1865. Combined with its online partner, SFGate.com, the San Francisco Chronicle reaches nearly 1.5 million Bay Area residents daily and more than 1.6 million on Sunday. The six-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Chronicle is the nation's 14th largest daily newspaper, and SFGate.com is consistently among the top six newspaper sites nationwide, with more than 8.1 million unique monthly users and more than 76 million monthly page views.

Contact Information


  • PRESS CONTACT:

    Brandon Hamm
    San Francisco Chronicle
    415-777-6174

    Bob Matsuba
    San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
    707-583-3191