Domestic and international wines are literally pouring into Fairplex. The arrival is no coincidence; itís a direct result of the 65th annual L.A. County Fair Wines of the World competition on May 12-14, and the anticipation of earning a gold medal in this most prestigious affair.
With entries from the vineyard-rich region of California to the sunflower state, Kansas, from Peru to Australia, this yearís competition will truly capture the domestic and international ambiance that has become synonymous with the Fairís competition.
ďItís really exciting to have so many diverse entries in contention this year,Ē said Mary Ellen Cole, Fairplex cellar master and competition coordinator.
Nearly 90 international judges will converge on Millard Sheets Gallery at Fairplex, the site of the judging. The oldest county fair wine competition, Wines of the World will showcase the finest vintages in the world, again illustrating why this competition is widely considered to be the premiere wine competition in the United States.
Close to 4,000 wines have been submitted. Fairplex wine department staff is busy cataloging entries and preparing them for judging.
Receiving the lifetime achievement award for 2004 is Okanagan Valley, a premier wine region in southern British Columbia, Canada. A representative from the region will accept the award on Wednesday, May 12.
Held in conjunction with the wine event is the Olive Oils of the World competition. Approximately 200 olive oils have been submitted. Begun in 2000, the competition is now the largest olive oil competition in the nation.
For more information about the Wines of the World or Olive Oils of the World competitions, call Mary Ellen Cole at (909) 865-4231 or email email@example.com. Visit the Fairplex Web site at www.fairplex.com for more information about this yearís competition. Results from the 2004 judging will be posted on the Web site beginning May 20.