Why enter L.A. Spirits Awards?
L.A. Spirits Awards is committed to giving our entrants the best possible competition experience, followed by winner benefits beyond what other spirits competitions offer.
In addition to a diverse team of expert spirits judges, our Directors offer competition management expertise other competitions simply can’t offer, and post-competition programs strategically designed to help our winners build their brands and gain customers.
In short, L.A. Spirits Awards provides a bigger bang for your entry fee bucks.
How are entries judged?
First, note that “competition” is a bit of a misnomer. Every L.A. Spirits Award entry is first evaluated solely on its own merits—not in competition with other entries—to determine its medal worthiness. It is only when a product advances to the finals round that it competes against others in its category for a coveted “Best in Show” award. For a complete description of our evaluation process, please visit our “How We Judge” page.
When does your 2023 competition take place, and what is the deadline for receiving entries?
The 2023 L.A. Spirits Awards judging will take place on June 26 and 27, 2023.
We will begin accepting entries through our online entry system in mid-February.
To be notified when our entry system goes live and all 2023 dates and deadlines are finalized, please subscribe to our mailing list.
How do I enter?
That’s easy! After our online entry system goes live in February, click on one of the red ENTER NOW! buttons that appear throughout our website, or click the LOGIN/ENTER link in the site header on any page.
If you have not already registered on our site, you will be asked to do so.
After you register with your company and contact information, simply provide the information requested about each product you are entering and submit your entry fees.
Our system has been designed to make entering as easy as can be.
Here are just a few of our convenient entry system features:
I have co-workers who are also entering products. Is there a way that I can see all the products that were entered from my company?
Yes there is! When you register on our site, you will be asked if you wish to link your account with others in your company. When your accounts are linked, you will be able to view entries and entry histories for products in all linked accounts.
If you do not link your accounts during the registration process, you can ask to have them linked by emailing L.A. Spirits Awards at cheers@LAspiritsawards.com.
What payment methods do you accept?
L.A. Spirits Awards accepts all major credit cards, checks (payable in U.S. dollars, drawn on U.S. banks), and bank wire or ACH transfers.
How can I get a receipt for my entry fees?
A detailed invoice will be automatically emailed to you when you complete your online entry.
If you choose to pay by check or wire transfer, you will receive an invoice with payment instructions along with your order confirmation.
For additional help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist you.
How can I edit my entry information or add more entries?
After you’ve entered your product information, but before you submit the form and pay your fees, you can edit all information from the “Pending Entries” section of your Control Panel.
You may not edit information for entries you’ve already submitted. If you require changes, please email your request to email@example.com.
You can always add more entries from your Entrant Control Panel by clicking on the ADD A NEW ENTRY button.
Where do I ship my products to be judged?
Please download our Shipping Instructions sheet, which tells you how to properly label and address your shipment.
How many sample bottles do I need to send?
For most spirits, we request that you send two (2) 750ml bottles (or the equivalent) of each product you are entering.
If you are entering ready-to-drink products that come in single-serve bottles or cans, we require 25 units, regardless of size.
How do I know if my products have been received?
Your Entrant Control Panel will indicate the current shipment and payment status of each of your entries.
I’m shipping my products from outside the U.S. and don’t have an importer. How can I get import help?
You must contact us without delay to obtain the import documents required to clear your entries through U.S. Customs.
Email us at: cheers@LAspiritsawards.com
A processing fee of $60 per producer will be charged when you submit your entry. Any additional U.S. Customs duties or fees incurred will be billed back to you when determined.
I am located in the Los Angeles area. Is it possible to hand deliver my products or send them by local courier?
Yes, you can, but please contact us for alternative delivery instructions.
Courier and walk-in deliveries cannot be accepted at our Glendale Blvd. address.
Contact L.A. Spirits Awards at +1 (323) 466-5563, or email us at cheers@LAspiritsawards.com.
How do I find out if I’ve won an award?
Your results are posted to your Entrant Control Panel. Full results will become available on our website and on VinePair.com shortly thereafter.
Please note: If your entry won a medal, you will be asked to confirm the accuracy of the product information we have on file before we print award certificates and make our winner lists publicly available.
What else can I find in my Entrant Control Panel?
All entrants have access to these Control Panel features:
Winners have access to the following additional Control Panel features:
Can I get medallion artwork or a copy of my award certificate for products I entered last year?
You can! Your Entrant Control Panel features are available for all your entries, past and present. You can download medallion artwork, certificates, and social media templates* for all products you’ve entered, regardless of what year you entered them.
*Social media templates are only available for 2021 and later winners.
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