SOZO WINS BEST OF CLASS & 2 GOLD MEDALS at
2011 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition!
* BEST OF CLASS, GOLD MEDAL - 93 Points Rhone Style Blend, Abundant, Columbia Valley 2008
*GOLD MEDAL - 92 Points Bordeaux Blends, Bountiful, Columbia Valley 2007
We are very proud to announce that Sozo wins a major wine competition at the Los Angeles County Wine Awards - one of the most prestegious global competitions with over 3,200 entries and over 60 judges from around the globe!
There were many strong contenders in the 72nd annual Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. Judged in May, many varietals and price ranges were represented, with a new point system introduced, acknowledging each varietal's special attributes and providing a new level of precision in the competition's wine ranking systems, a benefit for the competition and wine enthusiasts. Nearly 3,200 wines were entered, tasted by a 64-member panel comprised of international judges. If you live in the area, you will get your first opportunity to taste the award-winning wines - including SOZO FRIENDS WINE- at FUN Decanted, a June 25 fundraising event to benefit the education programs of The Learning Centers at Fairplex.
More About the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition:
Setting the gold standard for 72 years Seven decades of tradition began shortly after the end of prohibition, when the annual L.A. County Fair began awarding medals to the finest wines in California. The competition achieved world-class status, attracting wines from North and South America and finally in 2002, opening the doors to wine entries from around the world. Today, the event includes spirits and extra virgin olive oils. The judging panel has grown to nearly 100 judges from all parts of the globe. The competition also is the foundation for an extensive wine education program that’s available to 1.4 million visitors to the L.A. County Fair. Public wine tasting began in 1968; in 1998 a wine education center opened, complete with consumer-driven classes, tastings and a display of the award-winning wines. The Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition is committed to educating the public about wine, featuring industry experts with extensive knowledge about wine growing and selection, wine tasting and wine and food pairings. The 2011 wine, spirits and extra virgin olive oil competitions will be: May 17-19 for olive oil; May 18-20 for wine; and May 23-24 for spirits.