The Thrill of the SF International Wine Competition

23 July, 2012

A record number of wines were judged during the 32nd annual San Francisco International Wine Competition, held this year on June 15-17 at San Francisco’s Hotel Nikko. Lido Bay was excited to participate in this year's competition.

The San Francisco competition is one of the largest, most influential international wine competitions in America, judged by a prestigious panel of nationally recognized wine experts. Judging is based on a blind, consensual procedure, ensuring top-notch competitive integrity. This annual event draws in huge number of wineries from around the globe.

Competition Director Anthony Dias Blue, renowned food and wine authority, has coordinated one of the most comprehensive wine competitions in the world, both for the quality of wines entered and for the high level of expertise among its judges. Blue noted that “The growth of this competition highlights the strength of the wine industry, its diversity and global impact with 29 countries submitting. It’s exciting to feel the pulse of the wine industry through the views of our judges and the entries from our wineries.”

Lido Bay won a total of seven medals for the following wines:


Bitch Tongue 2009 Tempranillo, Paso Robles

Mercenary 2009 Petite Sirah, Monterey

Mercenary 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Monterey

Mutiny 2009 Blend, Calaveras


Bitch Tongue 2008 Mourvedre, Calaveras County

Mercenary 2009 Syrah, Monterey

Mercenary 2009 Zinfandel, Monterey

It was an honor to compete in this year's event with so many fine wineries from around the globe. Congrats to all of this year's winners and we look forward to more next year.


The San Francisco International Wine Competition is the largest and most respected international competition in the United States. Celebrating its 32nd year, the 2012 competition was held at the distinguished Hotel Nikko in the heart of downtown San Francisco on June 15,16, and 17.

Click here for press release about this year's competition. For a complete list of winners and judges, visit the San Francisco International Wine Competition's website:


Anthony Dias Blue is the executive director and founder of the San Francisco International Wine Competition as well as the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. He is recognized world-wide as a leading food, wine, travel and spirits authority. His work in all media is circulated to more than 20,000,000 consumers each month.

Mr. Blue’s James Beard Award–winning commentaries, The Blue Lifestyle Minute, are broadcast daily on KFWB in Los Angeles and on WCBS radio in New York. He also has a weekly live show The Happy Hour in Los Angeles which airs on KLSX-FM and is devoted to spirits and cocktails. Formerly Wine & Spirits Editor of Bon Appétit magazine, he is owner and Editor-in-Chief of The Tasting Panel magazine and is a frequent contributor to Decanter, Robb Report, Celebrated Living, Virtuoso Life, and C Magazine. Mr. Blue is the author of The Complete Book of Mixed Drinks and its companion, The Complete Book of Spirits. More about Anthony Dias Blue can be found on his company website

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