How to enter the wine competition
Determine the wine(s) you wish to enter
Note entry deadline and entry fee
Determine Division and Categories
Complete the entire entry form
Ship or deliver your wines with entry form (
download shipping label ) and entry fees by April 10
for domestic entries and April 30 for international entries to:
Los Angeles International Wine Competition
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
If you have any questions or require additional information please contact:
Mary Ellen Cole
Phone: (909) 865-4231
Fax: (909) 865-4160
Jan. 4 - April 30:
Wine entries will be accepted in our wine cellar 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through
Early Bird Wine Entry
Shipping deadline for all entries.
May 20 & 21:
Judging of all wine entries in the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel.
Competition Results will be posted on www.lawinecomp.com
Cheers - L.A.'s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival
A fundraising event to benefit the educational programs of The Learning Centers
Sept. 4 - Sept. 27: Los Angeles County Fair - Display of all award winning
wines, the tasting of gold medal wines and education seminars will take place in the Los
Angeles International Wine, Beer & Spirits Marketplace, during the Los Angeles
1. Determine the wine you wish to enter and complete entry form. Please fax entry form to (909) 865-4160, e-mail email@example.com, or you may submit online
at www.LAWineComp.com. $90 per entry before March 20/ $95.00 per entry after March
2. ENTRY FEE – Entry fee must accompany entry form. Payment may be made by wire
transfer or by credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or US check.
Wire Transfer Information:
Wells Fargo Bank - ACH/Wire Routing Number #: 121000248 - Swift #: brWFBIUS6WFFX
Account #: General Account 4121-987788
Bank: Wells Fargo Bank, 420 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94104
Beneficiary: Los Angeles County Fair Association dba: Fairplex
1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768 USA
Bank Representative Contact: Cynthia Boodt +1 (415) 222-3632
Reference: Wine Competition
3. SHIPPING: International wine will be received from now until April 30, 2020. Shipments
will be received weekdays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. All wines entered MUST BE SHIPPED PREPAID. All
samples should be packed with the entry form on the inside and the name of the producer
marked clearly on the outside. If shipping direct please contact Mark Newman, Accolade
Brands, (818) 390-3888 Federal/TTB Import License # CA-I-15220. If you are in need of an
importer or customs broker, email firstname.lastname@example.org before
CONSIGNEE: ACCOLADE BRANDS
IN CARE OF: LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
1101 W. MCKINLEY AVENUE
POMONA, CA 91768 USA
The Los Angeles International Wine Competition will acknowledge receipt of wine. The Los
Angeles International Wine Competition is not responsible for any shipping or customs
charges. International shipments of wine must be cleared by a licensed broker with
applicable importing licenses. If you have an importer it is best to use your own
International Shipments Require:
TTB SAMPLE WAIVER (COLA WAIVER): All sample shipments to the US must be
accompanied by a TTB Sample Waiver issued to a Federally Licensed
Importer. The typical waiting time is five business days if all of the
paperwork is in order. The Competition has contracted with Accolade
Brands to perform this service for those wineries that do not have an
importer. The fee for this service is stated below.
REGISTERED FDA NUMBER: You must obtain a registration with the FDA for each
You must file a Prior Notice with FDA online before shipping.
If you are unsure about filing the FDA Prior Notice the Competition has
contracted with Accolade Brands to perform this service for those
wineries that do not have an importer. The fee for this service is
If you do not have an importer, the Los Angeles International Wine Competition has made
arrangements with Accolade Brands to clear shipments. If you would like to use Accolade
Brands to clear shipment please contact Mark Newman, Accolade Brands, (818)390-3888,
Federal TTB Import License #CA-15220 or email email@example.com before shipping.
Payment must be prepaid by credit card or through PayPal to Accolade Brands. Your
shipping documents should indicate that you will pay for all Customs Charges. If you do
not properly designate that you will pay the customs fee, your customs fees must be paid
by credit card or wire transfer within 72 hours from billing.
TTB COLA Waiver and Registration – 25 Euros per Winery, + 15 Euros per wine
FDA Prior Notice – 25 Euros per Winery.
FDA Food Facility Registration - 75 Euros per Winery (this is only needed if you
have not registered with the FDA)
FDA Agent Filing - 75 Euros per year per Winery. The permit is issued for 2
Customs Charges, Taxes & Duty are to be paid by each producer.
Contact: Mark Newman Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax:
Please complete a Proforma Invoice that includes the quantity, name of the wine, type of wine
(white, red or varietal name), and the alcohol content. YOU MUST DESIGNATE THAT YOU WILL
BE CHARGED FOR ALL U.S. CUSTOMS CHARGES ON YOUR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING DOCUMENTS OR
AIRWAY BILL. Accolade Brands is not responsible for US Customs & Brokerage Charges
and if this is not done properly, your shipment could be delayed until we receive
payment for these charges. If the shipment is large enough for commercial airfreight, we
must collect estimated tax, duty and customs charges in advance. The commercial value
for samples is typically one Euro per bottle and this should be stated on a proforma
Option 1: Use FED EX or UPS. To be charged to your Fed Ex or UPS Account and to include the
payment of all Customs Charges.
Option 2: Airline, Air Freight, or DHL. This is usually a more expensive option than UPS or
ALL BOTTLES: Must have a label affixed to the back of the bottle that contains the US
Government Warning, the phrase “Contains Sulfites” and the phrase
“Trade Samples – Not for Resale”. The words “Government
Warning” must appear in capital letters and in bold type. The remainder of the
statement may NOT appear in bold type. The statement MUST appear as a continuous
paragraph. The statement reads as follows and should be 2mm to 3 mm in size:
GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) ACCORDING TO THE SURGEON GENERAL, WOMEN SHOULD NOT DRINK ALCOHOLIC
BEVERAGES DURING PREGNANCY BECAUSE OF THE RISK OF BIRTH DEFECTS. (2) CONSUMPTION OF
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IMPAIRS OUR ABILITY TO DRIVE A CAR OR OPERATE MACHINERY, AND MAY
CAUSE HEALTH ROBLEMS.
Trade Samples – Not for Resale – Contains Sulfites
4. May 20 & 21, 2020 is the Los Angeles International Wine Competition.
5. June 7, 2020 competition results will be posted on www.lawinecomp.com. The Los Angeles
International Wine Competition offers award seals for purchase.
6. Sept. 4 - Sept. 27, 2020 Los Angeles County Fair. Display of all award-winning wines,
spirits and extra virgin olive oils, tasting of gold medal wines and education seminars
in the Los Angeles International Wine Marketplace. Wine entered in the competition will
become the property of the Los Angeles International Wine Competition.
2019 International Entry Forms
International Shipping Label