Wine, whiskey and beer flow freely as DJs spin rhythms and food trucks heap paper plates with nachos, barbecue, and decadent crepes. As the public unveiling of the 2012 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition's winning libations, the Fun Decanted festival gives its attendees a chance to sample the competition's victorious roster for one evening. When not filling their souvenir glasses with tastes of the winning wines, beers, and spirits from all over the world, guests join classes on how to produce, taste, and write online dating profiles for a range of wines, beers, and olive oils. A silent auction lets guests bid on wine-related prizes, and all event proceeds go to benefit The Learning Centers' developmental programs for children and technical-school classes for adults.
The Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition has showcased and awarded domestic and international libations for nearly 75 years. In the same way a restaurant chooses its chef via midnight raids of the applicants' refrigerators, the competition's panels of professional judges use a series of blind tastings to ensure a non-biased approach in winner selection. The competition also emphasizes wine education by inviting industry experts to lead classes on topics such as wine growing, grape selection, and food pairing.