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L.A. International Spirits Competition

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 celebrates its centennial anniversary along with the Fair itself in 2022.

Now in its 83rd 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 23rd anniversary in 2022. 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 nearly 1.2 million 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.

Competition Calendar

Entry Deadline: February 4, 2022
Entry Fee: $300
Please provide 3 bottles per entry.

Shipping Deadline: February 18, 2022
Spirits deliveries will be accepted.
8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday 

Judging: March 9-10, 2022
Awards will be posted on website

May 5-30, 2022: LA County Fair
Display of all award winning wines 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 and extra virgin olive oil in the Los Angeles International Wine, Beer & Spirits Marketplace.

June 2022: Cheers!
A special public event celebrating the winners of the Los Angeles International Wine, Spirits and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competitions.

 

Entry Forms

How to enter

  • Determine the spirits you wish to enter
  • Read Special Rules and Information
  • Note entry deadline and entry fee
  • Determine Division and Categories
  • Complete the online entry form here

Ship or deliver your spirits with a copy of the entry form and entry fees by February 18 to (Download Shipping Label):

Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
Attn: Leah Duran
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

2022 International Rules and Shipping Guidelines

 

And the Medal goes to...

The 2019 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition received 399 Spirits entries from 147 producers. For the past several years we have made Mixers its own competition being that we receive so many entries in this non-alcoholic product category. There were a total of 3 Best of Show Awards given this year, 1 Best of Show was awarded to Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila with 96 points, 1 Best of Show in the Mixers Competition was awarded to Nimble Nectar Tart Cherry Lime Mixer with 97 points and 1 Best of Show in Packaging Design which was awarded to Empress 1908 Gin. We awarded 47 Best of Category Awards, 9 Best of Division Awards, 236 Gold Medal Awards, 111 Silver Medal Awards, 10 Bronze Medal Awards and 34 Packaging Design awards. This year’s competition received spirits from 24 different countries, Mexico, Poland, Australia, Germany, France, Canada, Belarus, Brazil, Japan, UK, Ireland, England, Caribbean Islands, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Panama, Venezuela, USA, Myanmar, Netherlands, Scotland, Philippines, Italy and London. We had 19 prestigious judges from all over the United States from on and off-premise as well as Young’s Market, Wine Warehouse, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Mutual Trading.



Award Winning Spirits

Publicity


2019 Spirits Competition Downloadable Materials

2019 Spirits Competition Award Seals

The award seals are available for purchase after the award winners have been announced. The award seals will signify the medal won, and help to guide the consumer in their quest for quality spirits. The seals come 1,000 count per roll and can be ordered from Los Angeles International Spirits Competition Phone 909-865-4580. Fax (909) 629-2067

Download sticker/seal order form



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Contact Us

If you have any questions or require additional information please contact:

Kathy Wadham
Phone: 909-865-4580 
Email: wadham@fairplex.com
Fax: (909) 629-2067