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Published:  23 July, 2008

Wither Hills Vineyards' winemaker Ben Glover is the sole New Zealand representative at the inaugural Len Evans Tutorial. The New Zealand seat at the tutorial is sponsored by Yalumba, Australia's oldest family-owned winery. Len Evans, elder statesman of the Australian wine industry, instigated the programme with a view to training a new generation of wine judges. The tutorial runs over five days, from 5 November, with Evans in the chair and participating tutors including James Halliday, Ian Mackenzie, Brian Croser, Michael Hill Smith, Bruce Tyrrell and Ian Riggs. The scholarship has been valued at more than A$6,000 and is described as a once in a lifetime opportunity to receive intensive wine tutoring by these industry icons'. Twelve candidates were selected, including Glover. The application process included an assessment of the candidate's position in - and passion for - the wine industry, as well as a written presentation and a key tasting test.