2nd Annual

Los Angeles Invitational Wine Challenge

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The Los Angeles Invitational Wine & Spirits Challenge was established, in conjunction with LA beverage professionals to highlight the best of the best wine & spirits producers in the world. Our panel of esteemed judges include winemakers, distillers, sommeliers, beverage trade and media.

The mission is to introduce those elite producers to the Southern California market of consumers, one of the largest in the country.

Media Sponsor

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Russian River Vineyards’ 2018 Austin Vineyard Pinot Noir was voted Best of the Best in the wine category, earning 99 points and a Double Gold rating.
Russian River Vineyards’ 2018 Austin Vineyard Pinot Noir - Best of the Best (2023).

Reasons to Enter

  • Increase brand awareness in the Los Angeles region, one of the top wine and spirits markets in the world.
  • Experienced judges representing:
    • Winemakers
    • Distillers
    • Wine & Spirits Media
    • Alcohol Beverage Educators
    • Trade and Restaurant / Hospitality Industries
  • Winning Producers will have the opportunity to participate in the:
  • Winners to receive multi-formatted digital medals specifically designed for online and social media marketing.
  • Gold and better listed and promoted on the website and through social media channels.
  • Winners will be promoted in a LA Times promotional campaign specifically targeting Food & Drink Enthusiasts
    • Tasting Notes Newsletter: 158,000 impressions
    • Targeted ad campaign: 140,000 impressions
    • Dedicated email: 140,000 impressions
    • Total campaign: 430,000+ impressions
  • Los Angeles Times Media Sponsor Reach
    • 40 Million Unique Visitors
    • 75 Million Page Views
    • 9 Million+ Social Followers
    • 250,000 Annual Event Attendees
    • 74% of visitors are from Mobile
    • 4.4 Million Weekly Print + Digital Readers in L.A.
    Source: Digital (Google Analytics, Jan. – Sept. 2021 Avg.), Readership (Scarborough LA 2021 R1).

Entry Deadline and Product Shipments Due

February 14th, 2023 (by 5 p.m.)

*The 2023 Competition is Complete! Thank you to all that entered!


February 21st & 22nd, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the competition take place?

The judging will take place February 21 & 22, 2023.

When is the deadline to enter?

The final deadline for entry and shipment is February 14th, 2023 (by 5 p.m.).

*Early Bird Deadline: January 31st, 2023

How much does it cost to enter?

Early Bird Deadline: January 31st, 2023 ($80 per entry)

Regular Deadline: February 14th, 2023 ($90 per entry)

How do I submit my entry?

All submissions must go through our online system for better and more accurate tracking and communication. Enter Here

Where do I send my wines?

We will accept wine shipments until 5 p.m. February 14th, 2023. Please label boxes 1 of 1 or 1 of 2, etc.

Please ship directly to:

LA Invitational Wine Challenge
c/o Express Wine Delivery
7970 Cameron Dr.
Windsor, CA 95492

Download a pre-printed shipping label

How many bottles need to be sent per entry?

An official entry shall consist of 4 bottles, each bottle no less than 750 ml in volume. For containers larger than 1 liter in volume, an official entry shall consist of 2 units. An official entry of wines, such as dessert wines, that are bottled only in 375ml bottles shall consist of 6 bottles, each no less than 375ml. If packaged in cans, please send 8 per entry.

When will the winners be announced?

Winning wines will be announced post competition and featured in a special promotional campaign with the LA Times in mid to late March, 2023.

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

Please contact Debra Del Fiorentino at: debra@winecompetitions.com

(415) 640-6337.


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