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Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Meet the most exclusive wine school in the world


So you are involved in the wine industry, as a sommelier, perhaps, a distributor, or even a writer?

You think you have a decent palate and like the idea of one day judging at wine shows?

Here is your chance to get a foot in the door.

Applications are now open for the 2021 Len Evans Tutorial, which this year celebrates 20 years, having seen close to 230 scholars attend what is said to be "the greatest wine school on earth".

The Tutorial was postponed last year due to Covid-19.

Twelve Australian wine professionals will attend Spicers Guesthouse in the Hunter Valley from Monday, November 1 to Friday, November 5 with the chance to taste some of the world's greatest wines.

The panel of tutors includes James Halliday, Ian McKenzie, Iain Riggs, Michael Hill Smith MW, Vanya Cullen, Sarah Crowe, PJ Charteris, Jim Chatto, Tom Carson, David Bicknell, Matt Harrop, Tyson Stelzer, Samantha Connew, Randall Pollard and Patrick Walsh, with Philip Rich joining for the first time in 2021.

Over its 20 years, the Len Evans Tutorial has proved to be an invaluable training ground for its scholars many of whom have gone on to become wine show chairs and senior wine judges, industry leaders and better wine professionals.  

Held annually in the first week of November, this year the Tutorial will include additional judging sessions featuring riesling from around the world as well as a masterclass on Barolo.

As has been the case from inception, the week concludes with a tasting of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, led by James Halliday AM.

All tuition, accommodation, travel, wine and food is covered by Tutorial sponsors and donors.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel made up of current and past tutors, past scholars, chairs of judges from capital city wine shows, and a range of industry advisors.

Applications received for the cancelled 2020 LET will be rolled over to 2021, though applicants are encouraged to update details and experience as required.

Visit www.lenevanstutorial.com.au/apply for more information and how to apply. Applications will be accepted until close of business Friday, August 13.

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