The 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) received 7,162 entries. This is the highest number of wine entries seen to date, shattering 2015’s previous record of 6,417 entries from 28 states. Submissions came pouring in from across the nation, from independent winemakers and boutique wineries to large scale producers.
Precept Wine entered a small cross section of wines into the competition and had outstanding results. Among its Best of Class, Double Gold and Gold winners were:
BEST OF CLASS:
• Browne Family 2013 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley
• Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2012 Reserve Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills
• Browne Family 2013 Malbec,Columbia Valley
• Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2013 Expedition Red, Horse Heaven Hills
• Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2014 Expedition Cab Sauv., Horse Heaven Hills
• Waitsburg Cellars 2013 Three Red, Columbia Valley
• Waterbrook 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley
• Waterbrook 2014 Malbec, Columbia Valley
• Willow Crest Estate 2014 Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley
The SFCWC is the largest competition of American wines in the world, and it continues to expand in size and scope. This year, the SFCWC is adding five new categories of ciders, including heritage ciders, fruit ciders, culinary ciders, wood-aged ciders and specialty ciders.
“Every year the competition grows in size and prestige. Breaking the 7,000-entry mark is an astounding accomplishment. What was once a modest regional event has developed into the largest competition of American wines in the world,” said Bob Fraser, Executive Director of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. “I’m honored to be associated with a nationwide competition of such quality and integrity.”