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Lak Quach named as Qantas Dux at the 2013 Len Evans Tutorial

22 November 2013|

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 [...]

2013 Scholars Announced

25 September 2013|

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 [...]

Ned Goodwin named as Qantas Dux at the 2012 Len Evans Tutorial

22 November 2012|

The 12th annual Len Evans Tutorial has named Ned Goodwin MW as Dux for 2012. Ned is Wine Director for the Global Dining organisation based in Tokyo. It was a bit of a home coming as Ned's father's family are from Cessnock. Ned also consults to ANA (All Nippon Airways) for First and Business Classes. Ned is a regular visitor to Australia and isn't too far off moving his young family back home. He is also in demand as a wine show judge and the Len Evans Tutorial has finely tuned what is an exceptional palate. Ned was pushed all [...]

2012 Scholars announced – could this be the best vintage yet?

26 September 2012|

The 12 successful applicants for the 12th Len Evans Tutorial, to be held in the Hunter Valley, 5-9 November, have been announced with an extraordinary caliber of scholars including a Master of Wine, a Master Sommelier and last year’s Jimmy Watson Trophy winner. Each year, the Len Evans Tutorial welcomes some of the most elite wine professionals 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 week when 12 [...]

Australian Wine Shows have a bright future

4 September 2012|

Some of the best and brightest talent of the Australian Wine Industry gathered in the Hunter Valley last weekend to do two very important things. Firstly, celebrate the birthday of Len Evans with a reunion of past scholars of the respected Len Evans Tutorial (LET) and secondly to discuss the future of the Australian Wine Show System in the 21st century. With much debate and challenge to the status quo, the resounding outcome of the TalkFest was that Australian Wine Shows have played a critical role in shaping Australia's wine styles and trends and the best regional and capital city [...]

Liam O’Brien named as Qantas Dux at the 2010 Len Evans Tutorial

16 November 2010|

The 10th annual Len Evans Tutorial has named Melbourne Sommelier and aspiring winemaker Liam O'Brien as Qantas Dux for 2010. Liam O'Brien has held a number of Head Sommelier jobs in Melbourne, most recently at Circa/The Prince. O'Brien has now expanded into wine production with a 2009 Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir in bottle and is co-partner in the 'Athletes of Wine' business that also includes wine list consulting and staff education. He can occasionally be found on the floor at Libertine Restaurant, North Melbourne. O'Brien was pushed all week by a strong field that included Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander winemaker David [...]

Stuart Halliday and Adam Wadawitz win first ever joint Len Evans Tutorial Qantas Dux

20 November 2009|

The Len Evans Tutorial Qantas Dux of 2009 has for the first time been awarded to two outstanding scholars - Stuart Halliday, Sommelier at Tetsuya’s Restaurant and Adam Wadawitz, Winemaker at Best’s Wines. Download 119 Kb PDF file.

Winemaker named Dux

20 November 2009|

Bests Wines are excited to announce winemaker Adam Wadewitz has been awarded joint dux of the Len Evans tutorial class of 2009. Download 72 Kb PDF file.

The Class of 2009 announced

8 September 2009|

12 wine industry professionals have been announced to take part in Australia’s most prestigious wine school – the Len Evans Tutorial from 2 to 6 November 2009. Download 125 Kb PDF file.

Class and a half

14 December 2008|

The Australian wine industry owes much to the late Len Evans. But perhaps his greatest legacy is the annual Pokolbin master class. Carolyn Swanson of the Newcastle Weekender was in amazement as $130,000 worth of the world's best wines were uncorked at 'the most exclusive wine school in the world'. Download 1 Mb PDF file.