California Wines Sweep Floor at SF Chronicle Wine Competition
The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition took place in early January at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds. Over 1,500 wineries from 20 states submitted some 3,800 wines for judgment. This made it the largest American wine competition in the world.
Like many other wine competitions, they were awarded bronze, silver, gold and double gold. The sweepstake awards were given to the top red, white, sparkling and dessert wine.
The sweepstake award winners are:
- Red wine: 2005 Flying Goat Cellars Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa, and 2004 B.R. Cohn Winery Petite Sirah, North Coast;
- Sparkling wine: 1999 Roederer Estate Brut, Anderson Valley;
- White wine: 2006 Geyser Peak Winery Sauvignon Blanc, California, and 2006 Windsor Vineyards Gewürztraminer, Alexander Valley;
- Dessert/specialty beverage: 2005 Navarro Vineyards Late Harvest Muscat Blanc, Anderson Valley.