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 – Friday, February 24
Shipping Deadline – Friday, March 3
Competition Judging Day – Wednesday, March 22 – Thursday, March 23
May 5-29, 2023: 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 2023: Cheers!
A special public event celebrating the winners of the Los Angeles International Wine, Spirits and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competitions.
|Traditional||2023 Divisions & Categories||2023 Spirits Entry Form|
|Ready to Drink||2023 Ready to Drink Competition||2023 Ready to Drink Entry Form|
|Mixer & No-Low Alcohol||2023 Mixers & No-Low Alcohol Spirits Competition||2023 Mixer & No-Low Alcohol Spirits Entry Form|
|Liqueur||2023 Liqueur Competition||2023 Liqueur Entry Form|
|Packaging Design||2023 Packaging Design Categories|
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 once available.
2023 Shipping Deadline: Friday, March 3
Ship or deliver your product(s) with entry form and fees to:
Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
And the Medal goes to…
Thank you to all of the producers who participated in the 16th Anniversary Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. The 2022 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition was held on March 9th & 10th, and we received 257 Spirits entries. 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 was only 1 Best of Show Awarded this year to Zaya 16 year, Alta Fuerza Rum with 94 points, 9 Best of Class Awards, 102 Gold Medal Awards, 121 Silver Medal Awards, and 31 Bronze Medal Awards. This year’s competition received spirits from 19 different countries, Australia, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic, England, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Myanmar, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom and USA.
Award Winning Spirits
2022 Award Winning Spirits
2019 Award Winning Spirits
News & Publicity
Spirits Competition Downloadable Materials
|2022 Competition Medals||2022 Packaging Design Medals|
|Best of Show||Gold Medal|
|Best of Category||Silver Medal|
|Best of Division||Bronze Medal|
|2019 Competition Medals||2019 Packaging Design Medals|
|Best of Show||Best of Show|
|Best of Division||Gold Medal|
|Best of Category||Silver Medal|
|Gold Medal||Bronze Medal|