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Cheers – From Farm to Glass
Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food festival is moving to The Farm at Fairplex where you can get an expertly crafted mojito and savory wood-fire flatbread pizza both with ingredients picked from The Farm.
Enjoy the award winners from the Los Angeles International Wine, Spirits, Beer and Extra Virgin Olive Oil competitions, as well as delicious food from the finest food trucks in Southern California.
Cheers is Saturday, June 27. Tickets are available online for $60 through June 26; $75 at the door. All guests must be 21 and over.
Proceeds from Cheers benefits The Learning Centers at Fairplex, a non-profit organization that offers educational courses and classes to the community - free of charge.
Farm Dinner Series Offers Unique Dining Experience
The Farm at Fairplex invites you to indulge in an evening of delectable food and drink, prepared and served al fresco in the four-acre organic Farm on the Fairplex campus. Each dinner includes vegetables, fruits and herbs gathered fresh from our crops for an authentic farm-to-table experience. Each dinner is paired with wine, spirits or craft beer.
Reserve your spot at the table for the following dinners:
-- Michael David Winery Wine Dinner
-- Hahn Winery Wine Dinner
Dinners are $110 per person. For reservations, call (909) 868-5916. For a list of all Farm Dinner Series events, visit www.mckinleysgrille.com.
Uncorked - It's Competition Season
2015 Wine, Beer & Spirits Winners announced
It's that time of year when the finest palates in the world put their tastes to the test to decide the best wine, spirits and beer. The Los Angeles International Competitions are complete and the winners have been decided.
So, why competitions? What is the purpose of the tasting, the medals, the awards?
Basically, we do it so you don't have to. Our panels of distinguished judges taste more than 3,000 international wines, 365 spirits and more than 1,000 beers. Who has time to do that?! We know you don't. That's why we present the winners each year - so you, the consumers, can make an educated decision on what you buy and what you drink, based on experts' discernable insights.
Sip & swirl, indeed.
In the wine competition, a 2013 Malbec received the highest score of the Los Angeles International Wine Competition. Alamos, Malbec, Mendoza 2013 scored 100 points and a gold medal, the highest rating of the 3,000-plus entries of the competition.
There were a total of 143 Best of Class Awards, 530 Gold Medal Awards, 1,209 Silver Medal Awards and 761 Bronze Medal Awards. The competition received wines from 22 countries, including Bulgaria, Chile, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Romania, Slovenia, South Korea and Uruguay.
An Amaro/Bitter liqueur took the top spot in the Spirits Competition. Aromatique, Liqueurs, Amaro/Bitter took Best of Show with 98 points. Sonoma Syrup Vanilla Almond Orgeat, Mixers, Naturally Flavored Syrups, took Best of Show in the mixers category, with 93 Points. The spirits competition had 365 Spirits entries from 130 producers. For the past two years, mixers have had their own competition being that so many entries are received in this non-alcoholic product category.
Besides the two best of shows, this year there were 53 Best of Category Awards, 10 Best of Division Awards, 178 Gold Medal Awards, 125 Silver Medal Awards and 39 Bronze Medal Awards. The competition received spirits from 34 different countries, including Argentina, Austria, Barbados, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Japan, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and Trinidad.
A chocolate/coffee-infused imperial stout took the top honors at the Beer Competition. Earning a gold medal, New English Brewery, Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout took Best of Show among the 1,098 entries.
Judged in April, the 15th annual beer competition drew entries from as far as Belgium, Ireland and England. Entries were up 16 percent from last year, with beers submitted into 88 different categories including Fruit Beer, Coffee Beer, Gluten-Free Beer, Herb and Spice, Experimental Beer and Specialty Beer. Beers were tasted by a panel of more than 100 comprised of BJCP certified judges, brew masters and beer industry officials.
This year, judges handed out 82 Gold medals, 81 Silver medals, 75 Bronze medals and 27 Honorable Mentions.