SOURCE: Los Angeles County Fair

June 18, 2008 12:00 ET

Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition Announces Winners

Zinfandel, Gin Win Big

POMONA, CA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2008) - A 2006 Zinfandel and a dry gin triumphed at the 2008 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, presented by Ralphs, each receiving the "best of" nod in their respective contests. These two and all the winners of the prestigious competition were feted June 14 at the annual Wine & Cars Under the Stars gala, also presented by Ralphs.

The Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, in its 69th year, is one of the Top 5 wine competitions in the country. An international panel of judges huddled for three days at the end of May to crown the wine winners from nearly 4,000 entries. An equally qualified team of judges critiqued more than 120 spirits.

After much deliberation, the best wine of the competition went to Armida Winery, Zinfandel, Maple Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley, 2006.

Third Coast Importing, Zuidam Dry Gin drew the judges' admiration in the spirits category.

Other winners in the wine competition are:

--  Best wine, limited production, Martin & Weyrich Winery, Nebbiolo, Il
    Vecchio, Paso Robles, 2003
--  Best sparkling wine, Borgo Maragliano, La Caliera, Moscato d'Asti
    DOCG, 2007
--  Best white wine, Penguin Bay Winery, Gewurztraminer, Finger Lakes,
--  Best rose wine, Jacob's Creek Wines, Rhone Style Rose, Australia, 2007
--  Best late harvest wine, Navarro Vineyards, Gewurztraminer, Anderson
    Valley, 2006
--  Best organic wine, Bonterra Vineyards, Viognier, Mendocino County,
--  Best natural fruit wine, Ackerman Winery, Apricot, American, 2007
--  Best dessert wine, Rancho De Philo, Triple Cream Sherry, Cucamonga

For spirits:

--  Best of 100% Blue Agave Tequila, Mexico - Gemini Spirits & Wine
    Company, Siete Leguas Añejo, 100% Blue Agave Tequila, Mexico Añejo
--  Best of vodka (unflavored) - Krol Spirits LLC, Krol Vodka (Unflavored)
    Rye Poland
--  Best of rum (unflavored) - Origine Amber Rum, Dark / Gold Caribbean
--  Best of mezcal - Distileria Los Danzantes, Los Danzantes Mezcal
    Joven/Blanco Mezcal Mezcal Oaxaca, Mexico
--  Best of whisky/whiskey - Templeton Rye Whiskey, Whisky / Whiskey
    American Straight Rye USA.

Complete lists of all the winners from the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits, the Wine World of Sports and the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil competitions are available on the Web sites, and

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