SOURCE: Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

June 19, 2009 16:22 ET

Red Wines, Whisky Win Big at Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

Wines of Sports Celebrities and Musicians Also Grab Awards

POMONA, CA--(Marketwire - June 19, 2009) - Multiple reds and a whisky triumphed at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, proving that judges' palates can be very diverse. These and all the winners of the prestigious competition were announced June 19.

The Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, in its 70th 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 more than 3,400 entries. An equally qualified team of judges critiqued 199 spirits in early June.

In a change from previous years, judges awarded best of show red and white wines by price point. After much deliberation, the best of show reds were awarded to:

-- $14.99 and under
   Tamari, Malbec, Reserva, Mendoza Argentina, 2007
-- $14.99 and under
   Target Wine Cube, Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah Blend, California, 2007
-- $15 - $29.99
   Cantina Redi, Briareo Riserva, Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano DOC 2006
-- $30 and up
   Armida Winery, Syrah, Flora Ranch, Chalk Hill, 2006
-- $30 and up
   David Bruce Winery, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, 2006

Best of show white wines went to:

--  South Coast Winery, Muscat Canelli, Temecula Valley, 2008, $14.99 and
    under
--  St. Hallett, Riesling, Eden Valley, Australia, 2008, $15 - $29.99.
    

The Glenmorangie Company, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, Whiskey/Whisky Single Malt Scotch 11 - 20 years old, received the best of show distinction in the spirits category.

In the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition's Wine World of Sports and Music Uncorked categories, baseball met metal rock. Baseball and Los Angeles Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda's wine, Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT, 2008, took the top honors in Wine World of Sports, a competition that pit celebrity vintners against each other. Metal rock singer Maynard James Keenan, lead singer for Tool, and his Caduceus Cellars took best of show in Music Uncorked for Red Blends, Shinola, Merkin Vineyards, California, 2007 -- the best wine the music world has to offer.

A complete list of all the winners from the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition is available at www.fairplex.com/wine2009/winners.htm.

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