The country’s only nonprofit Grand Cru
All proceeds benefit Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles programs

Dear Prospective Grand Cru Volunteer,

Each year, over one hundred people volunteer hundreds of hours to produce the three events that make up the Long Beach Grand Cru:  The Fundraising Launch Party which launches our fundraising season, the International Wine Competition where over 1000 wines are judged and awarded medals, and the Public Tasting where the medal winning wines from the Competition are available for tasting in a celebratory atmosphere.

Funds raised benefit the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) and it’s Greater Long Beach Medical Legal Partnership with the Children’s Clinic.

Your volunteer experience will expose you to new friends and wines of the world, and will raise funds for an essential community cause. Click on any of the links below to sign up through Doodle.  You’ll receive a confirmation email from gcvolunteer@lafla.org with location information, exact call times/end times, parking information, and attire requests.

We will be posting more requests for volunteer time as the production of the events move forward, so please keep checking back here for more volunteer opportunities.  If you have any specialized skills that you believe could be utilized in the production of our events, or are available for administrative work, please let us know at gcvolunteer@lafla.org.

Thank you for your time, energy, and effort!

Kim Vu
Executive Producer

A. Mina Tran
Chair, Board of Directors


Wine Competition – July 18 and 19, 2015 – Long Beach

The Long Beach International Wine Competition is held over two days. During these two days, over 1,200 wines will be judged by a professional panel and awarded medals. This volunteer opportunity offers you a rare look into the wine world, and is both fascinating and educational. Volunteers must be available on both days, and duties may include lifting, carrying, and walking with trays of wine. 

Volunteers are also needed on the following dates for setup and breakdown of the competition:
Sat. June 6
Sat. June 13
Sat. June 27
Sat. Jul 11
Thurs. July 16
Fri. July 17
Mon. July 20

Please let us know if you have any physical limitations in the comments section or by emailing gcvolunteer@lafla.org.

Sign up here to volunteer for the Wine Competition on Sat. July 18 and/or Sun. July 19.
Sign up here to volunteer for any of the setup/breakdown days.

Public Tasting Event – Aug. 8, 2015 – Palos Verdes Peninsula

The Public Tasting celebration will be held against the backdrop of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The 2015 medal winning wines will be served along with cuisine from local restaurants that have donated their time and food to this event. The evening will also include an auction and live entertainment. Volunteer needs include setup, cleanup, registration, wine pouring (must be 21 or older), assisting the participating restaurants and attendees, auction assistance, and more.

Volunteers are also needed on the following dates to assist with setup and breakdown:
Sat. July 25
Sat. Aug. 1
Fri. Aug. 7
Mon. Aug. 10
Sat. Aug. 22
Sat. Aug. 29
Mon. Aug. 31

Sign up here to volunteer for the public tasting on Sat. Aug. 8.
Sign up here to volunteer for any of the setup and breakdown days.


Indulge your love of food, shopping, and wine and benefit the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles at the same time! The Long Beach Grand Cru has an ongoing need for awesome volunteers with phone and administrative experience. We need volunteers for the Winery Phone Call Committee, the Restaurant Committee, and the Auction Committee — groups that are all critical parts of making the Grand Cru Public Tasting an excellent experience. And, we’re flexible! You can commit to just a few hours or help out on an ongoing basis.

Please see below for more detailed descriptions:

If you love wine, serve on the Winery Phone Call Committee and help encourage wineries to participate in the Grand Cru! Having more participating wineries helps elevate the level of competition and is a direct benefit to the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. To make the process easier, volunteers will be provided with talking points, a script, and a phone list. Volunteers will take any notes and feedback from wineries that are reached. Calls can be made from the Los Angeles or Long Beach office or from your personal phone. Volunteers will report to Competition Coordinator Oliver Hendelman.

Sign up here for the Winery Phone Call Committee.


If you love food, help ensure the quality and variety of food at the Grand Cru Public Tasting and serve on the Restaurant Committee. Volunteers will solicit and follow up with local restaurants to encourage them to bring their delicious spreads. Volunteers will also help remind restaurants about their participating and assist in collecting the required health department documentation. Last year, 15 restaurants participated, complementing the wine with some delectable selections.

Sign up here for the Restaurant Committee.


And of course, if you love shopping, then serving on the Auction Committee is for you. Volunteers will use their tasteful eyes to find a delightful mix of beautiful items and experiences that will draw in the attendees for the Grand Cru Public Tasting. Volunteers will help stuff envelopes with solicitations, help collect and organize forms and items, perform data entry, and do any needed follow up. Once the event is over, volunteers will help notify winners of each item and mail the items.

Sign up here for the Auction Committee.