Listen Up L.A., Lido Bay Is In The House!

23 July, 2012

Lido Bay joined the nearly 3,300 wines entered in this year's 73rd annual Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. Judged in May 2012, many varietals and price ranges were represented. 

As this is one of the more prestigious events of the year, the competition was fierce! A 72-member panel judged each winery's fate. A new point system for the scoring was introduced this year as well, taking into consideration each varietal's special attributes, which was a benefit for wineries and wine enthusiasts alike.

Judges at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition are the best in the world, averaging 25-30 years experience. Wine judge Wilfred Wong tastes 6,000 to 8,000 wines a year. That’s an average of 21 wines a day! Palates are cleansed in between tastings with rare roast beef, Graber olives, grapes and cheese. Not a bad gig all around.

Pirates to the core of their little black hearts, Lido Bay did not despair in the face of such strong competition. We took home a whopping seven medals this year! Lido Bay took home medals for the following:


Seven Seas 2010 Pinot Gris, Santa Barbara

Seven Seas 2010 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara

Seven Seas 2010 Viognier, Santa Barbara


Bitch Tongue 2010 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara

Mercenary 2009 Petite Sirah, Monterey

Mercenary 2009 Syrah, Monterey

Mercenary 2009 Zinfandel, Monterey

And look out L.A., we'll be back next year to pillage even more.

About the Los Angeles Wine & Spirits Competition 

For 73 years, the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition has showcased the finest domestic and international vintages through a wine-tasting event that is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious in the United States. An esteemed panel of judges uses a blind-tasting method, maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism that has remained the competition’s foundation for seven decades. 

Additionally, the Competition is the platform for an extensive wine education program available to the nearly 1.5 million visitors at the annual L.A. County Fair. The Fair’s wine education center features consumer-driven classes, tastings and displays of the award-winning wines. With the L.A. International Wine & Spirits Competition committed to educating the public about wine, the Fair’s wine education program features industry experts with extensive knowledge about wine growing and selection, wine tasting as well as wine and food pairings. For more information about the Los Angeles Wine & Spirits Competition, go to

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