Spirits That Bewitch
Its time has come, again, and there is no looking back. Once relegated to your
grandfather’s drink or the libation of stuffed shirts, the cocktail has made a
resurgence the last few years. Hip, cool, there are even cocktail specialists
(mixologists - snazzy!).
The Los Angeles International Spirits Competition recognizes the finest in spirits, flavored
and not, mixed and straight up. Celebrating its Fourteenth year, this budding yet
distinguished event rivals senior contests with a cutting edge judging panel comprised
of the discerning palates of mixologists, spirits journalists, esteemed bar owners and
The Fourteenth annual spirits judging takes place May 5-6. That’s right around the
corner. Have you entered? Don’t hesitate. Early bird registration deadline is
March 15 (early bird entry fee $300; $310 after March 15). Final deadline for entries is
April 3, 2020 for International entries April 15 for Domestic entries.
Beginning with Tequilas in 2007 and opened to all distilled beverages in 2010, more than 400
of the world's best vodkas, tequilas, gins, rums, mescals, whiskeys and mixers were
tasted last year, with judges giving the Best of Show Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila - 96
points and the Best of Show mixers to Nimble Nectar Tart Cherry Lime Mixer - 97 points.
The spirit competition partners with the renowned wine competition each spring. For 80 years,
our wine competition has showcased the finest vintages from countries throughout the
world, and illustrated time and again why the Los Angeles International Wine Competition
is considered one of the most prestigious. Our rich history is a strong foundation upon
which we are building with greater consumer outreach. We look forward to your
participation in this great event.
The Los Angeles County Fair Association guarantees greater exposure for the event’s
winning entries offering consumers access to some of the world’s finest wines,
extra virgin olive oils and the wide world of spirits.