Pulitzer-prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold will bring his unique perspective for the first time to the judging panel of the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition.
Gold, the restaurant critic for L.A. Weekly, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. The Pulitzer Board awarded Gold for “his zestful, wide-ranging restaurant reviews, expressing the delight of an erudite eater.” His win was a first for a restaurant critic.
The Los Angeles Wine & Spirits Competition is one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions in the country. Judging will take place over three days, May 16 – 18, at Fairplex, in Pomona. For the first time, spirits are included in the judging, with 100-percent Blue Agave tequila taking the spotlight in this inaugural additional event. The International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition will be held the same week, May 15 – 17.
A former music writer, Gold is known for his Counter Intelligence column, which explores food in Los Angeles’ ethnic neighborhoods. He has worked at the Los Angeles Times and Gourmet magazine as well as continuing to write about music for Spin and Rolling Stone. He was the first food writer to be honored as a National Magazine Award finalist in criticism by the American Society of Magazine Editors.
Gold is one of more than 75 international writers, wine makers and sommeliers who will judge the nearly 4,000 wines entered into the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition from around the world. For more information, visit www.lawinecomp.com. /