A legacy is being cultivated within the prestigious L.A. County Fairís Wines of the World competition. Twice within the last three years, Californiaís Monterey County-based Hahn Estates has captured the top prize, taking the best wine of the competition in 2004 with Hahn Estates, Syrah, Central Coast, 2002, and in 2006 with Cycles Gladiator, Syrah, Central Coast, 2004. The wins created a swell of interest in both wines across the country, with more than 1,000 cases of the Hahn Estates Syrah flying off the shelves in just four days after its win. In 2007, Hahn will definitely be the winery to beat. Who says a gold medal doesnít mean much?
The L.A. County Fair announces May 16 Ė 18 as the dates of its 68th annual 2007 wine competition, held on the grounds of the Fair in Pomona, California, at the Millard Sheets Gallery. The prestigious event represents the highest in professional tasting Ė a wonderful experience that celebrates the culture of wine.
The competition has grown considerably in the past few years, marking a significant increase in itís global influence, drawing entries from countries such as Japan, Chile, New Zealand and Australia. Nearly 4,800 wines were entered in 2006; expectations are even greater for this year. The competition brings together world-renowned wine experts including sommeliers, winemakers, chefs and journalists. Previous panels have included Fred Dame and Peter M.F. Sichel.
In conjunction with the wine competition, the Fairís Olive Oils of the World competition will also be held. The olive oil event has become extremely popular, with nearly 400 oils entered in 2006.
For more information on the L.A. County Fair Wines of the World competition, contact the Fairís communications/public relations department. Peruse 2006ís results on the Web, www.lacountyfair.com or