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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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.
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.
November 2008. Carolyn Swanson of the Newcastle Weekender reports that the Portuguese got a drubbing at the 2008 Len Evans Tutorial for their leaking corks. Download 690 Kb PDF file.