LEVIN wins 2 GOLD MEDALS at SOMMELIER WINE AWARDS

2012s LEVIN Sauvignon Blanc & MISTER L judged top tier in premier trade driven awards

SOMMELIER WINE AWARDS

Media release 
EMBARGOED until 11:00am GMT, Tuesday 26 April 2016
London, United Kingdom

LEVIN Wines is very pleased to announce their double gold medal success at the 2016 Sommelier Wine Awards, Britain’s only on-trade wine competition, judged blind by a panel of sommeliers and wine buyers from the UK’s top hotels, bars and restaurants.

‘Our wines have always been made to match with complex menus, originally for our own restaurants and hotels and today many other beautifully curated wine lists around the world, so it’s really very gratifying to have them recognised by London’s top sommeliers,’ enthused LEVIN Wines director, Lynne Levin.

The premium cuvée MISTER L Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (which is certified organic, handpicked from a single vineyard in Choussy, barrel fermented and matured on lees for nine months in new French oak) and the flagship LEVIN Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (also certified organic, handpicked blend of 18 vineyards across Bourré, Choussy and Oisly, before low temperature fermentation and maturation in stainless steel) were both included in the Gold List – the SWA competition’s ‘ultimate wine list’, chosen from the 2,500 wines submitted.

Both wines were provided with tasting notes from the judges:

LEVIN Sauvignon Blanc 2012 GOLD MEDALLEVIN Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Competition category: France Loire Sauvignon Menetou/Pouilly

Judges’ Tasting notes:

Truly fresh varietal characteristics took this well priced wine to the Gold podium. ‘Elegant and mineral, with gooseberry and herbaceous style and decent acidity,’ began Dario Barbato of Individual Restaurants, while Sara Bacchiori of Chez Bruce highlighted its ‘asparagus, gooseberry and greengage, quince with some pear notes on a ripe, fruity palate with some length’.

MISTER L Sauvignon Blanc 2012 GOLD MEDALMISTER L Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Competition category: France Loire Sauvignon Menetou/Pouilly

Judges’ Tasting notes:

Barrel fermentation gives depth and creaminess to this Gold Lister. Gustavo Medina of Tate Britain found this ‘complex with great concentration’, finding ‘gooseberry blossom notes on the nose, lime and lemon freshness with a touch of tropical fruit and a rich midpalate’. ‘Rich and complex, with some honeyed development,’ added team leader Natasha Hughes MW.

For more information, bottle shots or samples, please contact:

Lynne Levin lynne.levin@levinwines.com  or 

Kimberley Pearce kim@levinwines.com  +61 413 120 385.

For trade orders or enquiries in Melbourne, please contact:

Victoria Sharples victoria@thewinestation.com.au +61 411 202 750

LEVIN double at Bacchus Alumni Awards

It was an exciting Levin double win at the Bacchus Alumni Awards 2016 on April 11, with David and Lynne Levin both honoured for their important contribution to Oxford School of Hospitality Management.

David Levin MBE (pictured here with Head of School, Donald Sloan second from right)

David Levin MBE (pictured here with Head of School, Donald Sloan second from right) has a long history with Oxford Brookes, including 15 years ago, funding the refurbishment of the teaching restaurant Brookes (that recently even won Runner-up in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2015). David has been appointed Visiting Professor and conferred an Honorary Doctorate; he’s been pivotal to Oxford Brookes becoming the world’s premier hospitality school and yet the presentation of his Special Award, the final of the night, was just so unexpected and very warmly received.

Lynne Levin (pictured here with James Franklin, Restaurant Manager, Brookes Restaurant

Lynne Levin was equally surprised and thrilled by winning the Bacchus Mentor Award (pictured here with James Franklin, Restaurant Manager, Brookes Restaurant), especially amongst such eminent nominees. Lynne has been part of the Bacchus Mentoring Programme for five years, which is designed for final year undergrads and post-graduates to engage with experienced figures from international hospitality. Lynne remarked that it’s ‘one of the most rewarding aspects of my career,’ equally, her mentees are exposed to some career-defining experiences, evidenced by the programme of this year’s post-grad that included:

–Travelling to Loire Valley to meet LEVIN’s winemakers, taste the vintage and discuss fermentation protocols for the 12 styles LEVIN produces; being shown blending, bottling procedures, logistics and organic production (and how it differs from conventional winemaking).

Tasting the vintage and discuss fermentation protocols for the 12 styles LEVIN produces

–Touring several of LEVIN’s vineyards and understanding planning and timelines for new vineyard planting, including soil analysis and its importance in organic preparation, clonal selection, pruning and infills; preparation for vintage and seeing ‘green fertilizers’ used to prepare the soil. Developing a strong understanding of the difference between organic and non-organic vineyards.

–At The Capital Hotel, having her CV reviewed by the Director of HR, touring the function rooms, restaurant and brasserie and meeting key hospitality staff; spending time with the Sales & Marketing team and The Capital’s Oxford Brookes student intern.

At The Capital Hotel, , touring the function rooms, restaurant and brasserie and meeting key hospitality staff

–Accompanying Lynne to wine staff education at Michelin-starred Trinity Restaurant to see the trade sales channel and taking part in vertical and horizontal tasting of Levin Sauvignon Blanc, done as a blind tasting. Detailing vintage variations of weather conditions, picking dates, volume of grapes per hectare, length of the growing season and diurnal temperature variation; ensuring the information is appropriate to all levels of knowledge. And, offering not just technical information, but imparting philosophy, passion and history to arm sommeliers with a compelling story to tell their diners.

–Lynne also spent time discussing specific career goals and planning, team work and interpersonal dynamics; as well as opportunities in the food and wine industry, corporate and small business settings and emerging opportunities in the catering segment, all to help achieve her key goals.

Lynne Levin's past mentee, Wil Fuller

With Lynne gaining just as much satisfaction as her Oxford Brookes mentees, it’s little wonder her involvement in the Bacchus Mentoring Programme has been such a roaring success!

 

The Wine Station now represents LEVIN Wines in Melbourne

Victoria Sharples, The Wine Station

Sales Agent Update

Media release 
Monday, 11 April 2016
Melbourne, Australia (for immediate release)

David and Lynne Levin are thrilled to announce that Victoria Sharples from The Wine Station will now represent and act as the agent for LEVIN Wines in the Melbourne marketplace.

The Levins undertook an exhaustive search and are pleased to have found a well-suited agent with deep experience and an excellent reputation in the trade. Likewise, Victoria is so pleased to add LEVIN Wines to her portfolio of hand crafted, family owned and small batch European and Australian producers.

Victoria Sharples is the founder The Wine Station, a Melbourne-based wine agency that represents and consults to both wineries and government. Her Masters of Wine program in progress, Victoria has been in the industry for 15 years and has worked as a buyer, importer, sommelier and wine judge in both the UK and Australia. Her skill and knowledge of International wines has led her to become a Senior Judge at International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London and was appointed as IWC’s Australian Ambassador in 2010.

Victoria will be available to assist LEVIN Wines current customers with orders and information and can be contacted via e-mail at victoria@thewinestation.com.au or phone on +61 411 202 750. LEVIN Wines delivery arrangements via Jayline Distribution will remain the same, invoicing will continue to be raised by LEVIN Wines and payments received to LEVIN Wines.

Once again, David and Lynne Levin would like to welcome Victoria to LEVIN Wines and look forward to her contribution to LEVIN brand in Melbourne.

For trade orders in Melbourne, please contact:

 Victoria Sharples victoria@thewinestation.com.au +61 411 202 750

Twitter @WineStation Instagram @thewinestation Facebook @VictoriasWineStation

www.thewinestation.com.au 

Telephone (03) 9388 8895

Address Po Box 1002, Fitzroy North 3068

Email drink@thewinestation.com.au

For more information, please contact info@levinwines.com
Lynne Levin lynne.levin@levinwines.com  or 
Kimberley Pearce kim@levinwines.com  +61 413 120 385. 

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