Join us for a wrap of the 2016 Len Evans Wine Tutorial with Trustees & Tutors Iain Riggs & James Halliday.
The Len Evans Tutorial Dux for 2016 is Stuart Hordern, Senior Winemaker at Brokenwood Wines in the Hunter Valley. Stuart becomes only the second Hunter Valley based attendee to dux the week-long Tutorial, following Liz Silkman (nee Jackson) in 2006. The Len Evans Tutorial is also this year’s recipient of the McWilliam’s Maurice O’Shea Award. This prestigious biennial award, first presented in 1990, acknowledges the significant contribution of an individual or company to the Australian Wine Industry. A fitting tribute to mark the 10th anniversary of the passing of Tutorial Founder, Len Evans AO OBE, in 2006. As Dux of [...]
Iain Riggs introduces the Len Evans Wine Tutorial 2016 Scholars.
The Len Evans Tutorial has won the Australian wine industry’s most prestigious accolade – the McWilliam’s Maurice O’Shea Award. Held every two years, the Maurice O’Shea Award recognises an individual or group for their outstanding contribution to the wine industry. Conceived by the late Len Evans AO OBE, The Len Evans Tutorial has played a significant role in shaping so many of both present and future wine industry leaders. The award was accepted by Sally Evans, Iain Riggs and Ian McKenzie in front of more than 400 guests at a gala dinner in Adelaide on behalf of the remaining trustees [...]
The Len Evans Tutorial Qantas Dux for 2015 is Adam Cotterell from Melbourne. Adam is the Retail Sales and Events Manager at City Wine Shop Melbourne which is obviously a training ground for the LET with a previous Dux and two scholars coming from City Wine Shop. As Dux of the 2015 course, Adam has now been guaranteed judging positions at two of Australia’s most premier wine shows, the Sydney Royal Wine Show and the National Wine Show in Canberra. Adam will be flown business class to London and then onto Europe with invitations to the greatest wine houses. Many [...]
“The most exclusive wine school in the world.” James Halliday 31st August 2015 The 12 successful applicants for the 15th Len Evans Tutorial, to be held in the Hunter Valley, 2-6th November, have been announced with an extraordinary calibre of scholars including wine and viticulture professionals at the top of their game. This day, 31st August would have been the 85th birthday of the Tutorial’s founder, Len Evans and seems a fitting day to announce the 15th intake of Scholars. Each year, the Len Evans Tutorial welcomes some of the most elite professionals in wine, vineyard, hospitality and sales from [...]
The Len Evans Tutorial Qantas Dux for 2014 is Matt Brooke from Melbourne. Matt Brooke is former Head Sommelier at Brooks of Melbourne and now plying his trade at Crown. He is also one half of the winemaking team behind the Athletes of Wine label, along with the 2010 LET Dux Liam O’Brien. As Dux of the 2014 course, Matt has now been guaranteed judging position at two of Australia’s most important Wine Shows, the National Wine Show in Canberra and the Sydney Royal Wine Show. Matt will be flown business class courtesy of Qantas to London and then onto [...]
The 13th annual Len Evans Tutorial has named Lak Quach as Dux for 2013. Lak works for the fine wine distribution company Cellarhand. He is also well known for working with many previous LET Scholars at Melbourne’s European Group. The week long Len Evans Tutorial mixes blind judging brackets and open book masterclasses. By week’s end, Lak had shown to have an exceptional palate but was pushed all the way by runner up Toby Barlow, winemaker at St Hallett in the Barossa Valley. Tutor and Trustee James Halliday in announcing Lak Quach as Dux summed up the feelings of all Tutors, “Lak demonstrated at every [...]
The 12 successful applicants for the 13th Len Evans Tutorial, to be held in the Hunter Valley on 4-8 November, have been announced with an extraordinary caliber of scholars including a Master Sommelier and wine professionals at the top of their game. Each year, the Len Evans Tutorial welcomes some of the most elite professionals in wine, hospitality and sales from across Australia and the world to develop their wine appreciation with the nation's top wine experts at Tower Lodge in the Hunter Valley. Many of the greatest, rarest and oldest wines are opened, tasted and scrutinised in one extraordinary [...]