L.A. INTERNATIONAL WINE 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 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.

 

2023 Traditional Competitions Documents

2023 Traditional Wine Categories

2023 Traditional Wine Entry Form

 

2023 Special Competitions Documents

Bordeaux/Bordeaux Superieur CompetitionLimited Production CompetitionSaké CompetitionPackaging Design Competition
2023 Bordeaux/Bordeaux Superieur Categories2023 Limited Production Categories2023 Sake Competition Categories2023 Wine Packaging Design Competition
2023 Bordeaux/Bordeaux Superieur Competition Entry Form2023 Limited Production Entry Form2023 Sake Competition Entry Form 

2023 International Rules and Shipping Guidelines

ENTRY FORMS

How to enter

  • Determine the wine(s) you wish to enter.
  • 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 Wine Competition
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

Download Shipping Label

2023 International Rules and Shipping Guidelines

And the Medal Goes to…

Thank you to all of the producers who participated in the 83rd Anniversary Los Angeles International Wine Competition. The 2022 Los Angeles International Wine Competition received 1,250 wines. There were a total of 135 Best of Class Awards, 313 Gold Medal Awards, 567 Silver Medal Awards and 251 Bronze Medal Awards. The competition received wines from 15 countries; Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, 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.

Award-Winning Wines

2022 Award Winning Wines

Award-Winning Wines by Brand

Award-Winning Wines by Division Class

Award-Winning Wines by Medal

Award-Winning Wines by Varietal

Award-Winning Wines by Country

Award-Winning Packaging Design

2019 Award Winning Wines

Best of Class WinnersPackaging Design Awards
Award-Winning Wines by BrandAward-Winning Wines by Medal
Award-Winning Wines by CompanyAward-Winning Wines by Varietal
Award-Winning Wines by Division ClassAward-Winning Wines by Country
Gold Medal Awards by Brand 

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

Leah Duran
Phone: (909) 865-4268
Email: duran@fairplex.com