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.
Reasons to Enter
Frequently Asked Questions
The judging will take place February 21 & 22, 2023.
The final deadline for entry and shipment is February 14th, 2023 (by 5 p.m.).
*Early Bird Deadline: January 31st, 2023
Early Bird Deadline: January 31st, 2023 ($80 per entry)
Regular Deadline: February 14th, 2023 ($90 per entry)
All submissions must go through our online system for better and more accurate tracking and communication. Enter Here
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
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.
Winning wines will be announced post competition and featured in a special promotional campaign with the LA Times in mid to late March, 2023.
Early Bird Deadline: January 31st, 2023
Shipping Deadline: February 14th, 2023 at 5 p.m.
Judging: February 21st & 22nd, 2023
Early Bird Pricing (by January 31st, 2023): $80 per entry.
Regular: (by February 14th, 2023) $90 per entry.
Please review this document for a complete list of all categories. Categories
Table, sparkling, fortified, fruit, and specialty wines produced in any wine-producing region of the world that meet the applicable federal legal requirements for sale in the United States are eligible for entry
Entries must be submitted online. Enter online here
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An official entry shall consist of four (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 two (2) units. An official entry of wines, such as dessert wines, that are bottled only in 375 ml bottles shall consist of six (6) bottles, each no less than 375 ml. If packaged in cans, please send 8 per entry.
Any wine that is delivered to the competition without a full and proper label will be disqualified from the judging. Please do not send wines with laboratory, temporary, photocopied, or altered labels. Please specify on the entry form how many gallons of wine were produced. A minimum of 100 gallons is required. This rule is to ensure that wines entered in the competition were produced for purchase by consumers.
Please note that Gold and above winners will be receiving medals automatically. Digital awards will be available on the website for all winners to use as they choose for individual award promotion. (websites, social media, advertising, etc.)