With a name like the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, you know we mean business. A win here could mean a huge spike in sales. While the name has changed, the serious business of evaluating the best domestic and international wines has been the foundation of the wine competition, which is celebrating its 68th year.
Each year a wealth of the finest wine judges from around the globe gather to assess the entries, as they will on May 16 through 18 at Fairplex in Pomona, California. Although all professional judges rank wines according to universal standards, each has a different style, according to winemaker Daryl Groom, senior vice president production and winemaking at Beam Wine Estates and a wine judge for 14 years at the competition.
He said a vintner will look for the technical skill in the wine, a wine writer will look at it from a romantic point of view and a retailer might wonder whether consumers will enjoy it. Color, bouquet, taste – all are explored. When judges have strong feelings, according to Groom, that’s the best way to find out what the very best wines are.
For a complete list of participating judges, visit www.lawinecomp.com.