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Setting the gold standard for 71 years

Seven decades of tradition began shortly after the end of prohibition, when the annual L.A. County Fair began awarding medals to the finest wines in California. The competition achieved world-class standing, attracting wines from North and South America, Italy, and finally, in 2002, opening the doors to wine entries from around the world. Today, the event includes not only wines, but also spirits and olive oils. And the judging panel has grown as well to nearly 100 judges from all parts of the globe.

The competition is constantly evolving. In 2007, the competition extended an invitation to the spirits world. We took the competition to the next level in 2008, premiering the Wine World of Sports competition which attracted such sport dignitary-turned-winemakers like Tommy Lasorda, Mario Andretti and Greg Norman. The event is going to rock with the second year of Music Uncorked, specifically for musicians-turned-winemakers.

The competition also is the foundation for an extensive wine education program that’s available to 1.4 million visitors to the L.A. County Fair. Public wine tasting began in 1968; in 1998 a wine education center opened, complete with consumer-driven classes, tastings and a display of the award-winning wines. The Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition is committed to educating the public about wine, featuring industry experts with extensive knowledge about wine growing and selection, wine tasting and wine and food pairings. The 2010 wine, spirits and extra virgin olive oil competitions will be: May 18-20 for olive oil; May 19-21 for wine; and May 24-25 for spirits.