In 2010 the prestigious Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits competition celebrates 71 years of recognizing the best wines from around the world. With a reputation for high judging standards and commitment to wine education, the competition expects to draw more than 4,000 entries.
Wines are already being received through early registration. The wine competition is May 19-21 at Fairplex, home of the L.A. County Fair in Pomona, CA., on the eastern border of Los Angeles County. Held in conjunction with the wine event are the Spirits competition, May 24 & 25, and the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, May 18-20.
Returning this year is Bordeaux Supérieur, a contest especially for wines made in the Bordeaux region of France.
Our spirits competition showcases the finest spirits from throughout the world, and the growth it has experienced in its brief three years existence illustrates why this event is rivaling senior competitors. All spirits, including flavored, are being accepted in 2010. In 2009, more than 200 distilled beverages were entered.
Wine, spirits and olive oil judges from around the world lend their expertise to the competition, which has grown considerably in the past few years, marking a significant increase in its global influence, drawing entries from countries such as Japan, Chile, New Zealand and Australia. Nearly 3,400 wines were tasted in 2009.
Two special categories are coming back in 2010: Music Uncorked will match musicians-turned-vintners against each other and, returning for its third year, Wine World of Sports pits sports celebrities and their wines to a race-to-the-end tournament. Previous winners include legendary baseball manager Tommy Lasorda’s Pinot Grigio and metal band Tool’s lead singer Maynard James Keenan’s Caduceus Cellars’ Red Blends.
For more information, visit the Web site at lawinecomp.com.