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The Best of Wine Country Awards recognize the wine country community for its excellence in all things — the creative, innovative, philanthropic, eco-friendly and unique components of wineries we know and love. We invite you to check out the award categories and submit your votes. 

All nominees have to be located in Northern California from Monterey to Mendocino. The Best of Wine Country Awards Steering Committee has selected nominees and winners be based on the votes we receive from you!

The winners will be featured in the November issue of San Francisco Magazine as well as celebrated at the Best of Wine Country Awards in Fall 2019

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2019

Steering Committee


Maureen L. Cottingham  Executive Director of Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance

Maureen L. Cottingham

Executive Director of Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance

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Philana Bouvier

Senir VP New Business Development, Young Market’s Company

Tom Fuller  Owner of Fuller & Sander Communications, Inc

Tom Fuller

Owner of Fuller & Sander Communications, Inc

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Todd Zapolski

Principal of Zapolski Holding, LLC

Lindsay Gallagher  President of Visit Napa Valley

Lindsay Gallagher

President of Visit Napa Valley

Michael Polenske  Creative Director, Chairman & Founder of Bespoke Collection

Michael Polenske

Creative Director, Chairman & Founder of Bespoke Collection

Rick Walker  President & CEO of Festival Napa Valley

Rick Walker

President & CEO of Festival Napa Valley

Walter Kupiec  Market President of  San Francisco  magazine and  Silicon Valley magazine

Walter Kupiec

Market President of San Francisco magazine and Silicon Valley magazine

Jeff Nead  Partner at Glodow Nead Communications

Jeff Nead

Partner at Glodow Nead Communications

Pati Poblete  Editor-in-Chief of  San Francisco  magazine

Pati Poblete

Editor-in-Chief of San Francisco magazine

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Emily Martin

Owner of Emily Martin Communications & Events

Alf Nucifora  Chairman for The Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco

Alf Nucifora

Chairman for The Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco

Colby Smith  Executive & Founder of Concierge Alliance of Napa and Sonoma

Colby Smith

Executive & Founder of Concierge Alliance of Napa and Sonoma

Ian White  Wine Director at San Francisco Magazine

Ian White

Wine Director at San Francisco Magazine

Dr. Liz Thach, MW  Distinguished Professor of Wine at Sonoma State University

Dr. Liz Thach, MW

Distinguished Professor of Wine at Sonoma State University

Travis Stanley  President & CEO of Napa Chamber

Travis Stanley

President & CEO of Napa Chamber

Richard Von Saal  Principal Artist and Proprietor of Vonsaal Design Build

Richard Von Saal

Principal Artist and Proprietor of Vonsaal Design Build

Tim Zahner  Executive Director at Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau

Tim Zahner

Executive Director at Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau

Frequently Asked Questions

NOMINATIONS & VOTING

 
 
 
 
 

AWARDS GALA

Who nominates for the final winners? The Steering Committee is responsible for selecting the nominees.

Who is eligible for nomination? All wineries, festivals, transportation companies and wine educators located in Northern California from Monterey to Mendocino.

Can a candidate be nominated in more than one category? Yes, as long as a candidate is eligible in each category.

How do I submit my vote? Voting form will be available on our site when the voting period begins.

What is the voting deadline? 30 days after voting period begins.

When will the final award winners be announced? The winners will be announced at the Awards Gala on November 12 at The Pearl and will also be featured in the November issue of San Francisco magazine.

Who will attend the Awards Gala? The Awards Gala will comprise of a specially curated group of individuals who are wine connoisseurs, industry professionals, and VIPs of the Steering Committee and San Francisco magazine. All final award nominees will receive invitations for themselves and a guest. We also have an exclusive amount of tickets available to the general public.

How will the winners be announced? Halfway through the event all nominees will be asked to gather on the first floor of The Pearl. On stage we will announce the winner of each category. The winner will have a moment on stage to accept his or her award, take a photo and be presented with a special gift. 

What's the dress code? Cocktail attire.

Where will the Awards Gala be held? The Pearl in San Francisco (601 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94107)

What is the timing of the Gala: VIP: 6:00-7:00, GA: 7:00-10:00