The wine industry’s most acclaimed experts converged at the luxurious Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco on June 9-12 for the nation’s most prestigious international wine competition. After blind tasting 4,618 wines submitted from around the world, the San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC) today announced medal winners from its 36th annual competition. A complete list of winners is available on the San Francisco International Wine Competition’s website: www.sfwinecomp.com

“Winning a Gold Medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition immediately puts a wine in approximately the top 10%,” says Director of Judging Tim McDonald, CSW. “Wines are tasted blind by a high quality panel of judges who come from all over the world to participate. If a wine is really good, we acknowledge it with an award.” Several of the wine categories in the 2016 competition experienced growth this year. Overall, international wines made up a higher portion of entries, with Spain, Italy and Hungary seeing the biggest increases over 2015.

Best in Show Red • Best Pinot Noir
Crū 2014 Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, USA

Best In Show White • Best White Rhône Varietal
McPherson Cellars 2015 Piquepoul Blanc, Timmons Ranch, Texas, USA

Best in Show Sparkling • Best Blanc de Noir
Gloria Ferrer Winery NV Blanc de Noirs, Carneros, Sonoma

Best in Show Dessert • Best Port
Kopke 1957 Colheita Port, Porto DOC, Portugal

Way to go, McPherson Cellars! We’re so glad your wine took home the best in show. Check out the winery and stop by for  a tasting. It’s definitely worth the mini road trip if you’re not already in Lubbock!

A full press release can be found here.

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