SOURCE: Los Angeles County Fair

June 12, 2008 13:26 ET

Tommy Lasorda Wine Takes Top Honors at Wine World of Sports Competition

Event Is Component of Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

POMONA, CA--(Marketwire - June 12, 2008) - It was a fight to the finish but only the best received gold at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition's inaugural Wine World of Sports, which pitted sports celebrities' vintages against each other. In the end, it was Dodger blue taking the top spot for white. Lasorda Wine, owned by legendary L.A. Dodgers manager and baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, received the best wine of the competition for Lasorda Wine, Pinot Grigio, Veneto IGT 2007. The wine also received a gold medal for best white wine.

Mr. Lasorda will be presented with his award on Saturday, June 14, when the winners of Wine World of Sports and the LAIWSC are officially announced at the Wine & Cars Under the Stars gala, a celebration of fine wines and spirits, great food and classic hotrods, staged at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum at Fairplex in Pomona, CA.

The competition was indeed stiff, with the worlds of golf, racing and hockey formidably represented. Here are the Top 10 winners:

1.  LASORDA, Pinot Grigio, Veneto IGT 2007, Best Wine, Best of Class,
    Gold Medal
2.  JOHN DALY WINES, The Perfect Round, Red Blend, Stellenbosch 2003,
    Best of Class, Gold Medal
3.  GREG NORMAN CALIFORNIA ESTATES, Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County 2006,
    Best of Class, Gold Medal
4.  ANDRETTI WINERY, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa 2005, Best of Class,
    Gold Medal
5.  GUARDIAN PEAK (Ernie Els), Frontier Red, Western Cape 2006,
    Gold Medal
6.  GREG NORMAN AUSTRALIAN ESTATES, Chardonnay, Eden Valley 2006,
    Gold Medal
7.  ANDRETTI WINERY, Merlot, Napa 2005, Gold Medal
8.  LASORDA, Chianti Classico DOCG 2005, Gold Medal
9.  LASORDA, Montepulciano, d'Abruzzo DOC 2006, Gold Medal
10. No. 99 WAYNE GRETZKY ESTATE WINERY, Icewine Vidal,
    Niagra Peninsula VQA 2005, Gold Medal

Tickets to Wine and Cars are still available. The evening's proceeds will benefit the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts at Fairplex in Pomona. For information, visit A list of all the winners from Wine World of Sports, the LAIWSC and the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition will be available on the web sites, and, beginning at 11 p.m. June 14.

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