April 2, 2013
Diamond Bar, CA
West Coast Media Contact
Linda Kissam
Board Member & SoCal Member Rep
On behalf of the IFWTWA
Attention IFWTWA SoCal Regional Members!
Overnight FAM Invitation
Los Angeles Wine Competion
Winemaker Dinner
Be Part of the Wine competition
Interact with the JudgesSpouses Invited!
May 15-16, 2013
FREE  as one of your many member benefits
 Pomona Fairplex HotelItinerary for the Los Angeles International Wine Competition Fam
Competition is held at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel in Pomona
Accommodations provided by Sheraton Fairplex HotelWine Competition 



Wednesday, May 15:

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Day 1 of the wine competition. Judging held at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel (in a ballroom). From approximately 8-10 a.m., judges gather for introductions and instructions. Panels will begin judging at approximately 10 a.m. Writers will sit with the judges and evaluate wines (guests’ scores will not be included in final scoring of wines)
  • 6:30 p.m. Judges dinner – Table-to-Farm dinner in the Sheraton’s urban garden. Meal prepared by executive chef David Teig, with wine pairing. Entertainment and opportunity to speak with wine judges.

Thursday, May 16:

  • 9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Breakfast in the McKinley’s Grille Garden RoomOpportunities:
    Speak with renowned wine makers, buyers, experts. See how the process of judging wine (on a point-scale system) is done. Experience the one-of-a-kind Table-to-Farm dinner. The Sheraton and Fairplex manage an urban garden on the grounds of Fairplex. The Sheraton uses seasonal produce from the garden in its Table-to-Farm dinners and on the menu of McKinley’s Grille. Enjoy a stay at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center – one of Starwood’s premier all-suite hotels. Tour the new conference center.

Only eight people (+ spouses) can experience this fun trip. Spouses will not be part of the judging experience, they will be expected to attend the winemaker dinner.  Your group leader wll be IFWTWA member Roger Paige.


Send your RSVP to lindakissam@aol.com no later than April 12, 4 p.m. Please include the name of your guest.
You must be on assignment and produce a post experience article. IFWTWA dues must be current and your IFWTWA profile up to date.  Roger and Linda will pre-screen candidates.  Final approval comes from Leslie Galerne-Smith | PR & Communications Manager for the FAIRPLEX.


Additional information on the wine competion may befound here: http://www.fairplex.com/wos/wine_competition/





Linda Kissam
Group Coordinator & SoCal Regional Membership Coordinator


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