L.A. Spirits Awards was conceived in 2019 by Nicolette Teo and Joel Blum, who after working together in the competition business for many years realized the need for a new competition paradigm—one that would go beyond the mere awarding of medals.
We had the knowledge and expertise to imagine the ideal judging event. But to turn it into a reality, we had to start our own.
Our competition would judge spirits quality from the perspective of a new generation of experts, by a fresh and diverse team that better reflected the look of the overall spirits industry.
We envisioned a more agile and efficiently run event that would ensure all entries were given their due attention and receive a fair and proper evaluation.
We wanted to give entrants a better competition experience, and to offer promotional programs that served winners long after the judging ended.
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Besides being our home, Los Angeles is an important cultural center. The second largest metropolis in the United States has an ever-increasing influence on the tastes and trends of consumers everywhere. And L.A. Spirits Awards medals carry commensurate sway with consumers and the spirits trade.
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