Commercial Wine Competition

Commercial Wine Competition

The Orange County Wine Society hosts the Annual OC Fair Commercial Wine Competition on the first weekend of June. In conjunction with the OC Fair, the competition has become the largest and most renowned judging of California wines in the world.

Quick Links for results are listed on the right column under 2018 Competition and 2017 Awards.  Select the appropriate label for the details.

New – see the 2017 Award Book that is available online for free to view or print.

Get our logos to market your award winners.

If you have any questions specific to the event, the entry form, shipping instructions or delivery deadlines, please contact the Orange County Wine Society at the (714) 708-1636.

Hotel Reservations for Commercial Wine Competition

If you plan on staying at the Costa Mesa Hilton Hotel for the weekend of the Commercial Wine Competition, please make reservations no later than May 20. The OCWS has booked a block of rooms for OCWS members at a discounted rate and this rate is guaranteed only until that date. The special rate does not require advance payment and is $139 per night plus $12 per night parking. If you want to stay on the 7th floor Executive Level, the rate is $175 per night for up to 2 persons in the room. Room reservations can be made by phoning 714.540.7000 or online at

When making reservations, be sure to mention the discount code “OCWS18 Wine Competition” to receive the above rates.

– Bill Redding, Director

Commercial Competition Volunteers: Now Accepting Signups Online

Volunteer signups for the 2018 Commercial Competition are now being accepted online. The Commercial Competition will be held June 2 and June 3 and volunteers are crucial to its success! This event offers many opportunities to meet winemakers, add to your wine knowledge, and enjoy getting to know your fellow OCWS members and how our competition works.

No training is necessary as newer volunteers will be teamed with competition veterans.

There are many tasks where volunteer help is needed including stewarding, glass drying, and computer input and verification of scores. As these tasks fill up, they will be removed from the signup – so please sign up early! The deadline for volunteer signups is May 1, 2018.

All volunteer signups are now done online. Go to the webpage and log in as a member first. After logging in, go to About > Members’ Corner > 2018 Commercial Competition Volunteers.

The volunteer site identifies bagging nights, stewarding days, and other work tasks with dates and times. In order to qualify for stewarding, we need you to sign up for two additional tasks such as bagging, hotel setup, and moving of wine to and from the competition site. In addition, volunteers can elect to work the sorting task in June.

Please make sure your email address is up to date in the website as we will be using your email to send you confirmations. You should receive an email confirmation that your online signup was submitted, along with a final confirmation of your assigned tasks later in May.

If you have questions about volunteering, please email us at: or We look forward to your participation in this very important event!

– Ken & Irene Scott, Volunteer Coordinators