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12/05/2009

Len Evans tutorial 2009 applications open

The Len Evans Tutorial has in its eight years become one of the great weeks in the world of wine. The tutorial’s board is calling for applications for the 2009 course to be held at Tower Lodge in the first week of November.

Many of the greatest, rarest and oldest wines likely to be opened in any given year are poured in one extraordinary week when 12 young(ish) Australian winemakers, writers, retailers, sommeliers and enthusiasts are put to the sternest and most rewarding tastings of their lives.

Scholars from the past eight tutorials are now gracing the judging benches at all major wine shows across Australia. The 2009 Sydney Royal Wine Show had as former scholars two panel chairmen, 10 of the 14 Australian judges and all 15 associates judges. In addition, Tom Carson, Dux of 2002, took on the chairmanship of the National Capital Wine Show in Canberra from 2008.

The tutorial program is designed to define the demands of show judging and to define quality by exposing the scholars to the great wine styles of the world. A team of five tutors will put the scholars through their paces in what James Halliday described as “the most exclusive wine school in the world".

The tutorial is open to all applicants, regardless of their present position.

Twelve fully paid scholarships are being offered, each with wine, food and accommodation valued at around $9000. The only cost incurred by the scholars is physically getting to the Hunter Valley.

The tutors for the 2009 Len Evans Tutorial are five of Australia’s greatest ever wine palates, including James Halliday, Ian McKenzie, Iain Riggs, Gary Steel and Brian Croser.

Candidates for the 2009 Len Evans Tutorial need to send their CV with a detailed letter outlining their reasons for wanting to be a Len Evans Scholar. Names and phone numbers of three industry referees must also be included. Scholars will be selected by a panel.

* The full list of previous scholars resides on the website, as do several stories written about the program and a full list of last year’s wines. www.lenevanstutorial.com.au

Applications close 31 July 2009 and should be sent via email to

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