- Pinot Gris by Iris Vineyards tops McMinnville Wine Classic judging
- Maryhill Winery climbs atop Platinum Awards all-time leaderboard
- Sniff, Sip, Swirl: Let’s Talk About Northwest Wines grows its following
- The Wine Knows: A new start for Great Northwest Wine
- Tasting Room Perspective: A wine club you don’t want to join
- A Vine Start: 23 years later, here’s another Volume 1, Issue No. 1
- Napa winemaker produces Platinum’s top wine at Chris Daniel Winery
- Pinot Noir catches on in Oregon as white wine
- Red Mountain-focused Liberty Lake Wine Cellars bats 7-for-7 at Platinum Awards
- None in the top 10, but nine from Northwest get inside Wine Spectator’s top 60
Last chance for first major wine judging of 2013
Christmas Eve is the last chance for wineries to enter the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest wine judging in North America.
The competition is held in Cloverdale, Calif., in northern Sonoma County during the second week of January. It started as the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Wine Competition in 1983. Since 2000, it has been known as the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
It also has grown from being a wine competition for wineries in Sonoma and Mendocino counties to all of California to the West Coast to nationwide. Last year, a record 5,500 wines were entered in the competition, making it the largest wine judging on the continent.
The competition brings in dozens of the best judges in the United States to blind taste and determine the best wines in America. For the past two years, Barnard Griffin in Richland, Wash., has won best rosé of the competition for its Rosé of Sangiovese. In fact, the wine has won a gold medal or better for a remarkable seven straight years.
Also part of the wine competition is a public tasting at Fort Mason in San Francisco. In 2013, the tasting will be staged Saturday, Feb. 16.