When you reach the top, word travels quickly. Within hours of being announced the 2004 winner of the Best Wine of the Competition at the Wines of the World competition, now known as the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, Hahn Estates, Syrah, Central Coast, 2002, started flying off the shelves. In less than two weeks, 1,000 cases had been sold and buyers were calling for more.
That’s the sign of a great wine. That’s also the sign of what a great competition can do. Combining an impressive list of the world’s finest wine judging professionals and an international array of entries, the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition has cemented itself as a premier wine competition. A medal won here is gold for small, limited production wineries and large producers, too.
Best Wines of the Competition for the past five years:
Jeff Runquist Wines, Syrah, “R” Hilltop Vineyard, 2000
Burnstein-Remark Winery, Grenache, Monterey, 2001
Hahn Estates, Syrah, Central Coast, 2002
Cambria Winery, Pinot Noir, Bench Break Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, 2001
Cycles Gladiator, Syrah, Central Coast, 2004
Will your wine be the next on the list?