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Renee Hernandez
(909) 865-4261

For Immediate Release



Pomona, CA- May 29, 2014 – Pinot Noirs made a splash at the 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition with two, along with a Cucamonga Valley Port, receiving the highest ratings. Giesen Pinot Noir, The Brothers, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2011 and Ventana Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Estate, Arroyo Seco, 2012 both received 98 points and best of class awards. Galleano Winery, Port, Cucamonga Valley also ranked 98 points with a best of class.
In the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, whisky came away with the top prize. Glenmorangie Quarter Century 25 Years Old received the best of show award. Powell and Mahoney Sriracha took best of show for mixers.
Judged in May using a point system, the wine competition saw 3,056 international wines tasted. Many varietals and price ranges were represented, with the point system acknowledging each varietal’s special attributes and providing a level of precision in the competition’s wine ranking systems, a benefit for the competition and wine enthusiasts. Wines were tasted by a 75-member panel comprised of international judges, ranging from Master Sommeliers to chefs to wine writers.  There were a total of 133 Best of Class Awards, 501 Gold Medal Awards, 1,187 Silver Medal Awards and 785 Bronze Medal Awards.  The competition received wines from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, Uruguay and the United States. 
In the spirits competition, 347 entries were tasted by 20 judges. There were a total of 2 Best of Show Awards, 37 Best of Category Awards, 9 Best of Division Awards, 117 Gold Medal Awards, 155 Silver Medal Awards, and 58 Bronze Medal Awards.  This year’s competition received spirits from Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Africa, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Island of Islay, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, South Korea, St. Croix, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA, West Indies. 
In the world of wine, Pinot Noirs were well represented with 10 earning 95 points or above – the most of any varietal. They are:
Bargetto Winery, Reserve, Regan Vynd, Santa Cruz Mountains 2012, 96 points; Benziger, Signaterra, Russian River Valley, 2012, 97 points; Giesen, The Brothers, Marlborough, 2011; Hook and Ladder Winery, Third Alarm, Russian River Valley, 2012; Jeff Runquist Wines, Sister’s Vineyard, Napa Valley, 2012; Koz, Central Coast, 2011; MacMurray Ranch, Reserve, Russian River Valley, 2012; Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, 2012; Ventana Vineyards, Estate, Arroyo Seco, 2012; Windy Oaks Estate, Diane’s Block, Santa Cruz Mountains, 2012.
“The wonderful thing about our competition is that you’ll find something for everyone among the winners,” said competition chairman Michael Jordan, Master Sommelier, Certified Wine Educator and director of global key accounts with Jackson Family Fine Wines. “ From the complex with a higher-price point for the experienced palate to wonderful lower-price point wines for the novice, our winners represent a variety of wines.”
Top spirits are:
Shochu: Satsuma Godai, Shochu, Sweet Potato; Tequila: Dos Vidas Blanco, 100 percent Blue Agave Tequila, Mexico, Silver Plata; Vodka: Chopin Rye, Unflavored; Liqueur: Schwartzhog, Amaro/Bitter; Gin: Half Moon Orchard Gin, unflavored; Brandy: E&J Distillers Brandy XO, Cognac XO; Rum: Bayou Spiced Rum.
See a complete list of winners at, including in the categories of Bordeaux/Bordeaux and Saké, and
The public will get its first opportunity to taste the medal-winning wines at Cheers – L.A’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival June 21. Cheers features the award winners from all the Los Angeles International Competitions (beer, wine, spirits and extra virgin olive oils) as well as gourmet food trucks and dancing. Winners will also be available for tasting at the Los Angeles County Fair, Aug. 28 – Sept. 29. The Fair features a complete wine education program taught by industry experts.