Wine Competition Fun Facts


  • 10,800 wine glasses and 240 champagne flutes were used during the 2010 Competition
  • The glasses are washed FIVE times after each use
  • 55,200 squeaky clean washings each day for three days equals 165,600 washings
  • As many as 20 wine staff members at a time pitch in to wash glasses
  • Glasses are never touched by hand; specially designed lint-free towels are used
  • Towels are made of flour sack and are washed multiple times a day in very hot water; soap is never used
  • More than 1,100 towels will be used during the Competition      
  • Judges smell, sip, swirl and spit a minimum of 200 times daily


  • For wine judging, palates are cleansed with rare roast beef, Graber olives, grapes and cheese
  • For olive oil judging, palates are cleansed with Granny Smith apples, plain yogurt and baguettes
  • For spirits judging, palates are cleansed with Graber olives, crackers and water


  • 75 wine judges, with panels tasting approximately 100 wines a day
  • Eighteen olive oil judges will experience the unique taste of 506 entries
  • Twelve spirits judges make determinations on 214 entries
  • Judges at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition are the best in the world, averaging 25-30 years experience
  • Wine judge Wilfred Wong tastes 6,000 to 8,000 wines a year. That’s an average of 21 wines a day!


  • More than 3,200 wines
  • 214 spirits
  • 506 olive oils
  • 16 countries including USA, France, New Zealand and others were represented

2016 Competition Dates:
May 18-19, 2016