San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition announces 2012 Top Wines

The 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (“SFCWC”) has announced their top wines for 2012 in the Sparkling, White, Blush, Red, and Dessert categories.  Gloria Ferrer and Barnard Griffin were  back to back winners in the Sparkling Wine and Blush (Rosé) categories respectively.


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

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

Rosé – Barnard Griffin
2011 Columbia Valley Rose of Sangiovese $12.00

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

Castello di Amorosa
2010 Anderson Valley Late Harvest Gewürztraminer $35.00

Click here for a full list of medal winners

The SFCWC, the world’s largest wine competition for American wines, is held annually in January. The competition continues to grow, setting a new record this year with 5,500 entries.  Then in February each year there is a public tasting of the award-winning wines.  Here’s the 411 on this years public tasting:

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When: February 18, 2012
Where:  Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center in San Francisco
Time: 2-5P
Cost: Advance tickets – $65/ At the door (if available) – $80
For ticket purchase info click here


  1. I’ve had Gloria Ferrer & Dr Franks’ wines, I need to seek out the rest of this winning line up! Thanks for this news blast Martin. Cheers!

  2. Likewise, I’m going to have to track down some of Dr. Frank’s wines. I’ve not had any (though I’ve heard good things) The McGrail Ranch was a surprise to me. It’s good to see Livermore Valley get a winner. It’s the region closest to where I live, but it’s still trying to find it’s groove….

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