The Nation's Largest Wine Tasting Event Starts Wednesday at the L.A. County Fair Wines of the World Competition.
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 12, 2003
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The largest and most prestigious wine tasting event in the country kicks off next week as the 64th annual L.A. County Fair Wines of the World Competition gets underway. The three-day closed tasting begins Wednesday, May 14th and continues through Friday, May 16th. Members of the press are invited to a special one-hour lesson by Gina Gallo, winemaker for one of the world's largest wineries, who will teach attendees how the judges evaluate the more than 3,000 wines from all over the world -- and then challenge the attendees to use their new skills to match wits with the experts.
At this key competition for the $165/billion/year wine industry,(1) over 80 internationally acclaimed experts will gather at the Fairplex grounds to judge as many as a 100 wines a day each. Awards will be given in over 20 categories including Best in Show, Best Cabernet Sauvignon, Best Chardonnay, Best Sparkling Wine and Outstanding Package Design. Winners will be displayed and available for sampling at the L.A. County Fair, scheduled for September 12-28, 2003.
Beginning in 2000, the Competition was expanded to include a tasting and judging of olive oils from around the world, judged by a panel from the California Olive Oil Council. Reflecting the olive oil industry's explosive growth in the US alone, entries this year are up 150% over last year.
(1) Source: Euromonitor International, May 2003.
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