2010 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

The LA International Wine & Spirits Competition is the oldest running wine and spirits competition. In existence for 71 years (since the end of prohibition!), the event features over 3000 wines judged by 75 leading international wine experts from across the globe. From wines created by sports’ stars, to sweet wines, reds, whites, and international wines, everything is covered, along with a selection of spirits and olive oils.

The competition is also the foundation for the wine education program taking place at the upcoming LA County Fair. Where you’ll have a chance to taste all of these award winning wines. The fair began offering wine tasting in 1968, then opened a wine education center in 1998, complete with classes, tastings and displays of the award-winning wines. It’s our favorite stop at the LA County Fair. Keep reading to find out how you can win tickets along with a gift bag.

Judges sample over 3000 wines. This is the job I wouldn't mind having.

After 10,800 wine glasses, wines from 16 different countries, and judges tasting 100 wines every day for several days, the winners were announced. We were on hand to taste several of the gold medal winners, and weren’t disappointed. Favorites from the day included the Bordeaux best of show winners with the Château Montet 2008 and the Château Marac 2005. We also loved Armida Winery’s Poizin (Zin), which won best of show in the $14.99-$29.99 category and the Petite Sirah from Villa San Juliette in the $14.99 and under category.

Want to check out the wines for yourself and get a little gift bag filled with goodies like wine, booze, olive oil, and tickets to the fair along with wine vouchers for the tasting area? Simple comment on this story and tell us… What’s your favorite kind of wine or varietal to enjoy after a hard day at work? We like a smooth and jammy zin. It’s easy to pair with a burger or even some carne asada tacos. Deadline to enter is June 30th at midnight. One entry per person. One random winner will be drawn on or around July 1.

Here’s a glimpse at some of the top awards. For a full list of winners click here.

BEST OF SHOW – RED $14.99 AND UNDER
Villa San Juliette, Petite Sirah, Paso Robles, 2008

BEST OF SHOW – RED $15.00 – $29.99
Armida Winery, Zinfandel, Poizin, Sonoma County, California, 2008

BEST OF SHOW – RED $30.00 AND UP
Prime Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon, Midoriya Hills Vineyard,
Napa Valley, 2007

BEST OF SHOW – WHITE $14.99 AND UNDER
Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery, Pinot Blanc, Birch Canoe,
Okanagan Valley VQA, 2008

BEST OF SHOW – WHITE $15.00 – $29.99
James Arthur Vineyards, Edelweiss, Nebraska, 2009

BEST OF SHOW – WHITE $30.00 AND UP
Chardonnay, Stuhlmuller Vineyard, Alexander Valley, 2008

BEST OF SHOW – BORDEAUX COMPETITION
Château Montet, Bordeaux Rouge AOC France, 2008

BEST OF SHOW – BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR COMPETITION
Château Marac, Pourquoi Pas Moi, Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge AOC France, 2005

The olive oil winners, there were a little over 500 entries.

Best of show Bordeaux selection, Château Montet.

Winner of the Bordeaux Supérieur best of class, Château Marac.

A selection of the best of class winners.

For fun, they did a blind varital tasting, we went six for six. Maybe we drink too much wine.

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Author:Matt Mitchell

A lover of everything LA has to offer, Matt created Dig Lounge to tell his friends about all the fun things to do in the city. Matt has worked in the dot com world since 1996, including some of the top online entertainment companies and digital marketing firms. He currently works as a Digital Producer.

13 Responses to “2010 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition”

  1. June 14, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    Mmmm love love love a comforting glass of Pinot Noir

  2. Bentoboxx
    June 14, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    I like a nice syrah with a rare steak. Something with nice mineral and oak hints to complement the meat!

  3. Jennifer
    June 14, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    I’ve been favoring Bordeaux lately. And Bordeaux with burritos? Soooooo goood!

  4. Agnes
    June 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    I love a glass of Copolla’s Diamond Petite Syrah. It’s a nice red that helps me relax after a long day’s work!

  5. patt
    June 14, 2010 at 7:44 pm #

    Cabot Vineyards Syrah.

  6. Stacey
    June 16, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    Clesi Malvasia Bianca. Heavy enough to make you forget about the work day, but light enough to not knock you out for the next one.

  7. crystal
    June 23, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    central coast pinot nior has been my go to after a recent trip up there

  8. Tiffany L
    June 29, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    Thank You for the writeup! i love to enjoy a chilled sauvignon blanc after a hard day at work in the summer months, or a nice glass of Cab/Bordeaux in the winter months!
    Let’s eat, drink and be merry..

  9. Jenny
    June 30, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley, Carneros or Anderson Valley.

  10. June 30, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    Right now I’m loving a glass of Lambrusco when I get home from work. Chilled and refreshing for the warm weather with the nice taste of a red!

  11. Sherman
    June 30, 2010 at 6:51 pm #

    A nice glass of Pinot noir can pair with almost anything after a hard days work!

  12. Matt Mitchell
    July 1, 2010 at 7:10 am #

    Congrats Stacey! You’re the winner. I’ll email you with the details on how to recieve your gift bag. Thanks to everyone who left a comment. And keep drinking!

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