LA International Wine Competition

L.A. International Wine Competition

Setting the Gold Standard

Los Angeles International Wine Competition Celebrates its 81st Year!

Now in its 81st 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.

Additionally, the competition is the platform for an extensive wine education program available to the nearly 1.2 million visitors at the annual LA County Fair. The Fair’s wine education center features consumer-driven classes, tastings and displays of the award-winning wines. With the Los Angeles International Wine Competition committed to educating the public about wine, the Fair’s wine education program features industry experts with extensive knowledge about wine growing and selection, wine tasting as well as wine and food pairings.

2020 Competition Dates:

May 20 - 21


Upcoming Events:

LA County Fair - Sept. 4 - Sept. 27, 2020

2020 Deadlines:

Early Bird - March 20

Entry - April 15

Wine must be shipped by - April 30

Setting the gold standard for 81 years

Seven decades of tradition began shortly after the end of prohibition, when the annual LA County Fair began awarding medals to the finest wines in California. The competition achieved world-class status, attracting wines from North and South America and finally in 2002, opening the doors to wine entries from around the world. The judging panel has grown to nearly 70 judges from all parts of the globe.

The competition is the foundation for an extensive wine education program available to the 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. The Los Angeles International Wine Competition is committed to educating the public about wine, featuring industry experts with extensive knowledge about wine growing and selection, wine tasting and wine and food pairings. The 2019 wine competition will be: May 20-21, 2020.

Wine Judges and Biographies Coming Soon


2020 Traditional Competitions Documents

2019 Traditional Wine Categories

2019 Traditional Competition Entry Form

2020 Special Competitions Documents



2020 International Wines Documents



How to enter the wine competition

  • Determine the wine(s) you wish to enter

  • Note entry deadline and entry fee

  • Determine Division and Categories

  • Complete the entire entry form

Ship or deliver your wines with entry form (  download shipping label ) and entry fees by April 10 for domestic entries and April 30 for international entries to:

Los Angeles International Wine Competition
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

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

Mary Ellen Cole
Phone: (909) 865-4231
Fax: (909) 865-4160
Email: cole@fairplex.com


Competition Calendar

Jan. 4 - April 30:
Wine entries will be accepted in our wine cellar 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

March 20:
Early Bird Wine Entry

April 15:
Entry Deadline

April 30:
Shipping deadline for all entries.

May 20 & 21:
Judging of all wine entries in the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel.

June 7:
Competition Results will be posted on www.lawinecomp.com

June 20:
Cheers - L.A.'s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival
A fundraising event to benefit the educational programs of The Learning Centers at Fairplex.

Sept. 4 - Sept. 27: Los Angeles County Fair - Display of all award winning wines, the tasting of gold medal wines and education seminars will take place in the Los Angeles International Wine, Beer & Spirits Marketplace, during the Los Angeles County Fair.


International Guidelines

1. Determine the wine you wish to enter and complete entry form. Please fax entry form to (909) 865-4160, e-mail cole@fairplex.com, or you may submit online at www.LAWineComp.com. $90 per entry before March 20/ $95.00 per entry after March 20. 

2. ENTRY FEE – Entry fee must accompany entry form. Payment may be made by wire transfer or by credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or US check.

Wire Transfer Information:
Wells Fargo Bank - ACH/Wire Routing Number #: 121000248 - Swift #: brWFBIUS6WFFX
Account #: General Account 4121-987788
Bank: Wells Fargo Bank, 420 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94104
Beneficiary: Los Angeles County Fair Association dba: Fairplex
1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768 USA
Bank Representative Contact: Cynthia Boodt +1 (415) 222-3632
Reference: Wine Competition

3. SHIPPING: International wine will be received from now until April 30, 2020. Shipments will be received weekdays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. All wines entered MUST BE SHIPPED PREPAID. All samples should be packed with the entry form on the inside and the name of the producer marked clearly on the outside. If shipping direct please contact Mark Newman, Accolade Brands, (818) 390-3888 Federal/TTB Import License # CA-I-15220. If you are in need of an importer or customs broker, email mark@accoladebrands.com before shipping.

CONSIGNEE: ACCOLADE BRANDS
IN CARE OF: LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
1101 W. MCKINLEY AVENUE
POMONA, CA 91768 USA


The Los Angeles International Wine Competition will acknowledge receipt of wine. The Los Angeles International Wine Competition is not responsible for any shipping or customs charges. International shipments of wine must be cleared by a licensed broker with applicable importing licenses. If you have an importer it is best to use your own importer.


International Shipments Require:

  • TTB SAMPLE WAIVER (COLA WAIVER): All sample shipments to the US must be accompanied by a TTB Sample Waiver issued to a Federally Licensed Importer. The typical waiting time is five business days if all of the paperwork is in order. The Competition has contracted with Accolade Brands to perform this service for those wineries that do not have an importer. The fee for this service is stated below.

  • REGISTERED FDA NUMBER: You must obtain a registration with the FDA for each winery. http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FoodFacilityRegistration/default.htm. You must file a Prior Notice with FDA online before shipping.
    http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/ImportsExports/Importing/default.htm If you are unsure about filing the FDA Prior Notice the Competition has contracted with Accolade Brands to perform this service for those wineries that do not have an importer. The fee for this service is stated below.

If you do not have an importer, the Los Angeles International Wine Competition has made arrangements with Accolade Brands to clear shipments. If you would like to use Accolade Brands to clear shipment please contact Mark Newman, Accolade Brands, (818)390-3888, Federal TTB Import License #CA-15220 or email mark@accoladebrands.com before shipping. Payment must be prepaid by credit card or through PayPal to Accolade Brands. Your shipping documents should indicate that you will pay for all Customs Charges. If you do not properly designate that you will pay the customs fee, your customs fees must be paid by credit card or wire transfer within 72 hours from billing.

Accolade Brands

Fees:
TTB COLA Waiver and Registration – 25 Euros per Winery, + 15 Euros per wine entry.
FDA Prior Notice – 25 Euros per Winery.
FDA Food Facility Registration - 75 Euros per Winery (this is only needed if you have not registered with the FDA)
FDA Agent Filing - 75 Euros per year per Winery. The permit is issued for 2 years.
Customs Charges, Taxes & Duty are to be paid by each producer.
Contact: Mark Newman Email: mark@accoladebrands.com Fax: 818.683.0413

Please complete a Proforma Invoice that includes the quantity, name of the wine, type of wine (white, red or varietal name), and the alcohol content. YOU MUST DESIGNATE THAT YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR ALL U.S. CUSTOMS CHARGES ON YOUR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING DOCUMENTS OR AIRWAY BILL. Accolade Brands is not responsible for US Customs & Brokerage Charges and if this is not done properly, your shipment could be delayed until we receive payment for these charges. If the shipment is large enough for commercial airfreight, we must collect estimated tax, duty and customs charges in advance. The commercial value for samples is typically one Euro per bottle and this should be stated on a proforma invoice.

Option 1: Use FED EX or UPS. To be charged to your Fed Ex or UPS Account and to include the payment of all Customs Charges.

Option 2: Airline, Air Freight, or DHL. This is usually a more expensive option than UPS or FedEx.

ALL BOTTLES: Must have a label affixed to the back of the bottle that contains the US Government Warning, the phrase “Contains Sulfites” and the phrase “Trade Samples – Not for Resale”. The words “Government Warning” must appear in capital letters and in bold type. The remainder of the statement may NOT appear in bold type. The statement MUST appear as a continuous paragraph. The statement reads as follows and should be 2mm to 3 mm in size:

GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) ACCORDING TO THE SURGEON GENERAL, WOMEN SHOULD NOT DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES DURING PREGNANCY BECAUSE OF THE RISK OF BIRTH DEFECTS. (2) CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IMPAIRS OUR ABILITY TO DRIVE A CAR OR OPERATE MACHINERY, AND MAY CAUSE HEALTH ROBLEMS.

Trade Samples – Not for Resale – Contains Sulfites

4. May 20 & 21, 2020 is the Los Angeles International Wine Competition.

5. June 7, 2020 competition results will be posted on www.lawinecomp.com. The Los Angeles International Wine Competition offers award seals for purchase.

6. Sept. 4 - Sept. 27, 2020 Los Angeles County Fair. Display of all award-winning wines, spirits and extra virgin olive oils, tasting of gold medal wines and education seminars in the Los Angeles International Wine Marketplace. Wine entered in the competition will become the property of the Los Angeles International Wine Competition.

2019 International Entry Forms

International Shipping Label

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 Los Angeles International Wine Competition.

The 2019 Los Angeles International Wine Competition received 2,350 wines from 800 wineries. There were a total of 155 Best of Class Awards, 519 Gold Medal Awards, 1,013 Silver Medal Awards and 535 Bronze Medal Awards. The competition received wines from 19 countries; Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Ukraine and the United States of America.

The public will have its first opportunity to taste the award-winning wines at CHEERS, a June fundraising event to benefit the education programs of The Learning Centers at Fairplex.



Wine, Spirits & Beer Marketplace at the LA County Fair

Taste the Gold Medal Winning Wines, beer and olive oils from the Los Angeles International Wine, Beer and Extra Virgin Olive Oil competitions. Learn more about the wines from the Los Angeles International Wine Competition Judges in one of the 35 Wine Education Classes.  Wine classes are taught by some of the best experts and chefs in the state. In each class Fair Guests will receive six wines and four complementary cheeses and they also will receive 1 Gold Medal Taste Ticket for the Gold Medal Tasting Bars.  Each guest will also receive a stamp in their wine passport, if they have eight stamps (eight classes) they are invited to the Passport Party, Sunday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. There’s also shopping and light dining for the gourmand in all of us. 

Click here for the Wine Education Schedule 
Click here for a list Wine Education Speakers

Limited presale tickets will be sold online for the Wine Education classes. If a class is sold out or does not appear below, tickets will also be available at the door.

For further information please contact Mary Ellen Cole at: cole@fairplex.com

Award-Winning Wines

2019 Gold Medals

Behind the Lens

Color Type

Color Type

A Cut Above

A Cut Above

Art Illustration

Eye Candy

Eye Candy

Fruit of the Vine

Series - Kuleto Estate

Series - Marco Ludovico

Traditional

Sake Design

Sign of the Times

Minima Moralia

Melodramatic

Market Segment

Modern Classic

Judges Choice

Judges Choice

Glass Bottle

Glass Bottle

Let’s celebrate Gold Medal Winners

When you reach the top, word travels quickly. Just ask Lorraine Raguseo of Quintessential Wines, whose Gold Medal Winning Wines Princesa Cava and La Pincoya Cabarnet Sauvignon were featured at the Los Angeles County Fair. Not only did this exposure, along with the Gold Medals they both received from the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, help boost "brand awareness" but, based on how well they did in the competition, major retail chain BevMo featured them both in a mailer, Thirsty Times, and also in the stores themselves as Gold Medal Winners. Needless to say, all of the above has greatly increased the popularity and sales of the two labels, especially in such an important outlet for us as BevMo. We're looking forward to exceeding our Gold Medal count in this year's competition.

Opportunity to participate in Cheers, public tasting event in June.

Wine tasting and seminars at the Los Angeles International Wine, Beer & Spirits Marketplace during the Los Angeles County Fair, which hosts nearly 1.2 million guests annually

Featured posts on social media such as Facebook and Twitter

Placement in the Uncorked newsletter reaching 8,412 readers

Prominent placement in online news room

The best part: this is all offered at no extra cost to wineries or distributors. Additionally, the Los Angeles International Wine Competition provides award winners with additional marketing opportunities, including the ability to purchase wine bottle labels identifying wines as medal winners as well as public tastings at the Los Angeles International Wine Marketplace during the Fair, which attracts nearly 1.2 million visitors every year.



2019 Wine Competition Downloadable Materials

2019 Wine Competition Award Seals

2019 Wine 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 wine. The seals come 1,000 count per roll and can be ordered from Los Angeles International Wine Competition Phone (909) 865-4268 . Fax (909) 865-4160

Download sticker/seal order form



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Contact Us

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

Mary Ellen Cole
Phone: (909) 865-4231
Email: cole@fairplex.com