• Dane Stark

Bay Area Wine Competition Nets Big Wins For Wineries

Updated: Feb 1, 2018

If you want to drink well in the Bay Area, there’s plenty of stellar wine to choose from. The results of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the nation’s largest, are out and Bay Area wineries excelled, with 64 East Bay and South Bay wineries capturing 348 best of show, double gold, gold, silver and bronze medals.

Some 60 wine experts swirled, sipped and spit their way through 7,000 wines from 28 states. In the end, 11 best-of-class medals, 26 double golds and 68 gold medals went to local wineries.

Top award winners included San Jose’s J.Lohr Vineyards with 24 medals, followed by Santa Cruz Mountains’ Soquel Vineyards with 14 and Alameda’s Rock Wall Wine Company with 13 medals. Livermore Valley’s Concannon Vineyard, Dante Robere Vineyards and Ehrenberg Cellars and Santa Clara Valley’s Martin Ranch Winery took home 12 each, and Walnut Creek-based Shadowbrook Winery earned 11 medals.

You can sample the winning wines at a special public tasting from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Feb. 18 at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. Advance tickets ($70) are available now, with any remaining tickets — note that this event typically sells out — available at the door for $95. Order tickets and find the full competition results at

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