The prestigious 2004 L.A. County Fair Wines of the World competition was featured Wednesday, July 8, on National Public Radio, station affiliate KPCC 98.5, in Los Angeles. Kathy Grigsby Bates hosts the daily program titled Day to Day.
The 10 minute piece featured interviews with a number of the renowned international judges that determine the best of the best at the competition, wine chairman Dr. Robert Small and cellar master Mary Ellen Cole. More than 90 judges are assembled for the competition.
The L.A. County Fair wine competition is one of the oldest and certainly most prestigious in the U.S. This was the 65th year that judges convened at Fairplex for three-days of testing the more than 4,000 national and international entries.
When all was said and done, Hahn Estates, Central Coast, Syrah, 2002, was declared the Best Wine of the Competition. According to Hahnís winemaker Adam Lazarre, it immediately began flying off their shelves with more than 1,000 cases sold over a four-day period.
A separate competition for international olive oils is held concurrently with the wine judging. Now in its fifth year, itís steadily gaining in number of entries, regions and popularity. Complete results of the wine and olive oil competitions are at the Web site www.fairplex.com.
The wines and olive oils are featured in The Vineyard during the L.A. County Fair, Sept. 10-26. They are the stars of the wine and olive oil education seminars conducted daily during the Fair and are available for tasting for a nominal fee.
Dates for the 2005 L.A. County Fair Wines of the World competition are slated for May 11-13.