The Long Beach Grand Cru is considered one of the top international wine competitions in the U.S. The major public tasting event attracts more than 1,200 wine and food aficionados every August. Since its inception in 1995, the Competition has grown in size and prestige, attracting wineries from across the United States and from around the world. Medals are awarded in the following categories as follows: Sweepstakes, Best of Class, Gold, Silver and Bronze.
The Competition is held approximately four weeks prior to the awards and tasting. The format is a retain-eliminate of major categories, similar to the California State Fair and other major competitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Riverside.
Each year, the Grand Cru makes improvements to ensure a professional, competitive arena for wineries who enter. Dan Berger, Chief Judge, continues to improve the system. Its simple, easy-to-use forms and classifications are appreciated by wineries entering the competition.
(Please see Judging Process)
Dan Berger selects the panel of judges thus ensuring the continuity of exemplary judges. These judges are recruited from a pool of winemakers, restaurateurs, wine store representatives, noted wine writers, educators and recognized wine connoisseurs. See partial listing of the 2014 judges.
The Long Beach Grand Cru is unique in that it provides support to a charity. It is a primary fundraising vehicle for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The Foundation provides legal support in civil matters for low income citizens who meet Federal poverty guidelines. Annually, the Foundation provides legal services to thousands, including battered women and children, seniors, veterans, disabled and the homeless, and conducts educational programs and outreach to the community.
We welcome winery participation and wish you the best of luck!
A. Mina Tran
President Grand Cru Board of Directors, 2014
The 2014 Participating States and Countries:
United States: Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.
International: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Romania, Spain.