Setting the Gold Standard
For decades the Los Angeles International Competitions have bestowed gold medals to the best wines, spirits, olive oils and dairy products from around the globe, showcasing the winners at the LA County Fair. In fact, the Dairy Competition celebrated its centennial anniversary along with the Fair itself in 2022.
Now in its 84th year, the Los Angeles International Wine Competition has showcased the finest domestic and international vintages through a wine-tasting event that is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious in the United States. An esteemed panel of judges use a blind-tasting method, maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism that has remained the competition’s foundation.
Sixty years after the wine competition’s conception, the addition of the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition was a perfect fit. The extra virgin olive oil competition celebrates its 24th anniversary in 2023. Back in 2000, wine competition organizers were looking for a way to expand the competition. The marriage of extra virgin olive oil and wine was natural. Both require a distinguished palate, both have distinctive varietals, both are important to serving the perfect meal. At its inception, the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition enlisted an impressive list of judges to taste the finest domestic extra virgin olive oils. The competition was eventually opened to international oils, with oils coming from Northern and Southern Hemisphere.
Since introducing a spirits category in 2007, the LAISC has set the standard for judging distilled beverages. Judges award medals to the best spirits from around the world.
The competitions are the foundation for an extensive education program that’s available to more than 600,000 paid visitors to the LA County Fair. Public wine tasting began in 1968; in 1998 a wine education center opened, complete with consumer-driven classes, tastings and a display of the award-winning wines. Extra virgin olive oils, spirits and dairy products add to the consumer experience. The Los Angeles International Competitions are committed to educating the public, featuring industry experts with extensive knowledge about selection, tasting and food pairings.
2023 COMPETITION CALENDAR
Entry Deadline – Monday, April 3
Dairy Shipments Accepted – April 11, 12 & 13, 8AM-5PM
Competition Judging Day – Saturday, April 15
Results posted on website – April 24
May 5-29, 2023: LA County Fair
Display of all award winning wines, spirits, dairy and extra virgin olive oils in the competition. The tasting of gold medal wines and extra virgin olive oil tasting. Education seminars featuring award-winning wines, spirits, dairy and extra virgin olive oil in the Los Angeles International Wine, Beer & Spirits Marketplace.
June 2023: Cheers!
A special public event celebrating the winners of the Los Angeles International Wine, Spirits, Dairy and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competitions.
How to enter
- Determine the oil(s) you wish to enter.
- Note entry deadline and entry fee.
- Determine Division and Categories.
- Complete the online entry form once available.
2023 Shipments Accepted: April 11, 12 & 13
Ship or deliver your product(s) with entry form and fees to:
Los Angeles International Dairy Competition
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
2022 Dairy Awards
Thank you to all of the producers who participated in the 100th Anniversary Los Angeles International Dairy Competition. The 2022 Dairy competition was held on February 19th, and received 215 dairy products. There were a total of 131 Gold Medal Awards, 47 Silver Medal Awards, and 6 Bronze Medal Awards. The 2022 competition received dairy products from Spain, and the USA.
2022 Dairy Winners
|Competition Awards||Downloadable Medals|
|2022 Awards by Company||Gold|
|2022 Awards by Division Class||Silver|
If you have any questions or require additional information please contact:
Phone: (909) 865-4260