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Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere Judging

The Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition and its panel of tasters invite you to participate in the 15th annual competition open to extra virgin olive oils throughout the world. The Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere judging will ensure that all oils will be judged at their freshest and best. The award-winning Extra Virgin Olive Oils will be displayed at the 92nd anniversary of the L.A. County Fair, August 29 – September 28, 2014. $100 per entry Three (3) bottles per entry of 250 ml to 500 ml (if bottles contain less than 250 ml please send 4 bottles)

 

 

Mr. Darrell Corti, Extra Virgin Olive Oil Chairman

 

Northern Hemisphere Judging March 26, 27, 28 – Entry Deadline March 1


"PREMIO MUGELLI/MUGELLI AWARD"

This prestigious award is being given in memory of Marco Mugelli, a former distinguished Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition Judge for 6 years. Marco was instrumental in advancing the highest quality olive oil not only in Italy and Spain but throughout the world.

 

Delicate (Light Intensity) Medium (Medium Intensity) Robust (Intense Fruitiness)
Best of Show
Best of Show
Best of Show
Best of Class
Best of Class
Best of Class

 

Best Of Class – An outstanding Gold Medal Extra Virgin Olive Oil that has scored 94 points or higher
Gold Medal – An outstanding Extra Virgin Olive Oil of superior character and style
Silver Medal – A very good Extra Virgin Olive Oil with special qualities
Bronze Medal – A well made Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

 

Division 995 – NORTHERN HEMISPHERE - DEADLINE MARCH 1

Domestic

 

Categories    
05 – Mission 26 – Arbosana 45 – Sierra Foothill Blends
10 – Manzanillo 27 – Koroneiki 50 – Central Coast Blends
15 – Sevillano 30 – Other Mono Cultivar 55 – San Joaquin Valley Blends
20 – Ascolano 35 – North Coast Blends 60 – South Coast and Southern Cal Blends
25 – Arbequina 40 – Sacramento Valley Blends 65 – Other Region Blends

 

International

Categories

 

 

70 – Italy – North Mono Cultivar

120 – Spain – South Mono Cultivar

170 – Slovenia

75 – Italy – North Blends

125 – Spain – South Blends

175 – Croatia

80 – Italy – Central Mono Cultivar

130 – France – Mono Cultivar

180 – Turkey Mono Cultivar

85 – Italy – Central Blends

135 – France – Blends

181 – Turkey Blends

90 – Italy – South Mono Cultivar

140 – Portugal Mono Cultivar

185 – Japan Mono Cultivar

95 – Italy – South Blends

145 – Portugal Blends

186 – Japan Blends

100 – Italy – Islands Mono Cultivar

150 – Greece Mono Cultivar

190 – North Africa (List Country)

105 – Italy – Islands Blends

155 – Greece Blends

193 – Lebanon

110 – Spain - North Mono Cultivar

160 – Greece Islands Mono Cultivar

195 – Middle East Mono Cultivar

115 – Spain – North Blends

165 – Greece Island Blends

196 – Middle East Blend

 

 

197 – Mexico


*** The oils submitted must have a chemical analysis for free fatty acids completed no more than 120 days prior to submission. To be considered extra virgin olive oil, the free fatty acid level must not be more than 0.8% with a peroxide index of less than 20. ***

 

DIVISION 996 – FLAVORED OILS – NORTHERN HEMISPHERE – DEADLINE MARCH 1

 

Categories    
205 – Lemon 225 – Herb 245 – Flavor, specify flavor *
210 – Lime 230 – Chili 250 – Flavored Blend *
215 – Orange (Blood Orange, Bergamot Orange, etc.) 235 – Garlic 255 – Infused (various flavors,
220 – Other Citrus (Grapefruit, Tangerine, Kumquat, etc.) 240 – Truffle          and fresh olives) *

 

* Categories 245 – 255 are flavors that are added as an essential oil (Aromatized)

 

 

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE JUDGING JULY 16 & 17
ENTRY DEADLINE JULY 3

Mr. Darrell Corti, Extra Virgin Olive Oil Chairman
$100 per entry
Three (3) bottles per entry of 250 ml to 500 ml (if bottles contain less than 250 ml please send 4 bottles)

 

"PREMIO MUGELLI/MUGELLI AWARD"

This prestigious award is being given in memory of Marco Mugelli, a former distinguished Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition Judge for 6 years. Marco was instrumental in advancing the highest quality olive oil not only in Italy and Spain but throughout the world.

 

 

Delicate (Light Intensity) 
Medium (Medium Intensity)  
Robust (Intense Fruitiness)
Best of Show  
Best of Show
Best of Show
Best of Class 
Best of Class 
Best of Class

 

Best Of Class – An outstanding Gold Medal Extra Virgin Olive Oil that has scored 94 points or higher
Gold Medal – An outstanding Extra Virgin Olive Oil of superior character and style
Silver Medal – A very good Extra Virgin Olive Oil with special qualities
Bronze Medal – A well made Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

 

DIVISION 997 – SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE - DEADLINE JULY 3

 

Categories    

300 – Argentina Mono Cultivar

325 – Peru Blends 350 – Australia Mono Cultivar
305 – Argentina Blends 330 – Uruguay Mono Cultivar 355 – Australia Blends
310 – Chile Mono Cultivar 335 – Uruguay Blends 360 – New Zealand Mono Cultivar
315 – Chile Blends 340 – South Africa Mono Cultivar 365 – New Zealand Blends
320 – Peru Mono Cultivar 345 – South Africa Blends  
     

              

** The oils submitted must have a chemical analysis for free fatty acids completed no more than 120 days prior to submission. To be considered extra virgin olive oils, the free fatty acid level must not be more than 0.8% with a peroxide index of less than 20.

 

 

DIVISION 998 – FLAVORED OILS – SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE - DEADLINE JULY 3

 

Categories    
405 – Lemon 425 – Herb 445 – Flavor, specify flavor *
410 – Lime 430 – Chili 450 – Flavored Blend *
415 – Orange (Blood Orange, Bergamot Orange, etc.) 435 – Garlic 455 – Infused (various flavors,
420 – Other Citrus (Grapefruit, Tangerine, Kumquat, etc.) 440 – Truffle          and fresh olives) *

 

* Categories 245 – 255 are flavors that are added as an essential oil (Aromatized)

 

 

 

Northern Hemisphere Judging March 26, 27, 28
Entry Deadline March 1

 

Southern Hemisphere Judging July 16, 17
Entry Deadline July 3

  1. ENTRY FEE - $100 PER ENTRY - Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover are acceptable credit card payments or please make your check payable to L.A. County Fair. When sending a Wire Transfer please email a copy of the transfer to duran@Fairplex.com or fax a copy to 909 865-4160. If point of entry is Europe, the entry fee is 100 Euro. Entry fee must accompany entry form. PLEASE LIST CLASS/CATEGORY NUMBERS ON ENTRY FORM. An entry shall consist of at least three (3) bottles per entry of 250 ml to 500 ml (if bottles contain less than 250 ml please send 4 bottles).

  2. SHIPPING: Northern Hemisphere Deadline is March 1. Southern Hemisphere Deadline is July 3. Shipments will be received weekdays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. All oils entered MUST BE SHIPPED PREPAID. The Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition is not responsible for any customs or shipping charges. All out of country olive oils require an FDA number before shipping.


    Ship to:
    Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition
    Attn: Olive Oil Dept.
    1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768

  3. Entries are assigned random judging codes and then placed on storage racks in our cellar separated by categories. All deliveries should be received by entry deadline, allowing ample time for oils to recover from transportation bottle shock before being judged. Before the judging, servers place codes on the blue tasting glasses and the oils are carefully poured into the proper glasses. The coded tasting glasses are then placed in front of each judge. Each judge tastes the oils and makes selections independently.

  4. Regional designations refer to the location where the olives were grown.

    Domestic: Mono Cultivar entries must contain 100% of the named cultivar. Blends must contain at least 75% fruit grown in the region named and all Blends must be listed with the percentage of each blend.

    Domestic Regional Categories Defined:
    North Coast Blends (Alameda, Contra Costa, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Santa Clara and Sonoma Counties)
    Sacramento Valley Blends (Butte, Glenn, Sacramento, Shasta, Solano, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo and Yuba Counties)
    Sierra Foothill Blends (Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer and Tuolumne Counties)
    Central Coast Blends (Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties)
    San Joaquin Valley Blends (Fresno, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare Counties)
    South Coast and Southern California Blends (Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura Counties)
    Other Regional Blends (includes blends from other states or regions)

    International: Old World oil-producing countries are divided by regions and classes as indicated below. New World producers are divided into Mono Cultivars and Blends.

    International Regional Class/Categories Defined:
    Italy – North (Piemonte, Liguria, Lombardia, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Farnese, Lazio)
    Italy – Central (Emilia-Romagna, Toscana, Umbria, Marche)
    Italy – South (Lazio, Abruzzo, Molise, Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria)
    Italy – Islands (Sicilia, Sardegna).
    Spain – North (Catalunya-Aragon, Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia, Murcia, Tarragona, Siurana)
    Spain – South (Andalucia, Extramadura)
    Greece – Mainland (Messinia, Kalamata)
    Greece – Islands
    North Africa (Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt)
    Middle East (Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Syria)

  5. Intensity Levels: The Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition intensities are divided into Delicate, Medium and Robust intensity levels. For example, class/category 010 Mission would be divided into Mission – Delicate, Mission – Medium, and Mission – Robust. A Best of Class may be chosen for each of those levels: Best of Class Mission – Delicate, Best of Class Mission – Medium and Best of Class Mission – Robust. An oil may be assigned to a different intensity level if the judges deem it a different intensity level. It will then be judged in that intensity level.


    Intensity Delicate
    (Light fruitiness intensity)
    Medium
    (Medium fruitiness intensity)
    Robust
    (Intense fruitiness)
    Fruitiness 2-10 4-10 5-10
    Bitterness <2 2-4 3-6
    Pungency <2 2-4 3-8
    Description Very little to no bitterness and/or
    pungency
    Later harvest
    Buttery, nutty; predominantly ripe fruit flavors
    Some bitterness and/or
    pungency
    Mid-season harvest or blended
    Pronounced ripe and/or green fruit flavors
    Distinct bitterness and/or
    pungency
    Earlier harvest
    Predominantly green fruit flavors

     

    Best of Class oils will compete for Best of Show and the "Premio Mugelli/Mugelli Award" in honor of Marco Mugelli.

     

    Judging: The Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition uses a 100 point scoring system (score sheet format below).

    Fruitiness intensity is just that, the level of fruitiness found in oil’s aroma or taste.

    Complexity refers to the character of the fruitiness. Complexity increases with the variety and number of different fruity flavors or aromas, including both ripe and green fruit characteristics.

    Harmony refers to the balance of the attributes in an oil. Bitterness, pungency and/or different fruity flavors or aromas in pleasing relation to each other contribute to harmony.


                       
    Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition
    Score Sheet
    Category
    Aroma
    Partial 0 – 20
    Taste
    Partial 0 – 45
    Harmony
    Partial 0 – 35
    Total
    Score
    Medal &
    Final Score
    Fruitiness
    Intensity 0 – 10
    Complexity 0 – 10
    Fruitiness
    Intensity 0 – 20
    Complexity 0 – 25
    Harmony 0 – 35 0 – 100 B   S   G
    BOC
      65 – 75 = Bronze Medal   76 – 85 = Silver Medal   86 – 100 = Gold Medal   94 and over = Best of Class


  6. An award or medal is given to a producer for particular oil, a specific variety or blend, produced that season from current fruit. The medal or award may only be displayed on the identical oil on which the Best of Show, Best of Class, Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal was awarded. Awards from previous Judging’s may not be placed on bottles for publicity. The Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition will offer, for purchase, Best of Show, Best of Class, Gold, Silver, and Bronze award seals to the producers that won these awards.

  7. The decision of the judges is final and no changes will be made to awards after the judging is complete.

  8. Extra Virgin Olive Oil entered in the competition will become the property of the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Competition.
Northern Hemisphere Competition
March 26, 27, 28 – Entry Deadline March 1
Southern Hemisphere Competition
July 16 & 17 – Entry Deadline July 3