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Gerard Basset OBE
MS, MW, Wine MBA and Best Sommelier in the World 2010
In 1985 he gained his first wine qualification (the French Professional Certificate of Sommelier) in Lyon. Since then he has obtained the Master Sommelier Examination in 1989 in London, The Master of Wine in 1998 in London, gaining in the process the Bollinger Cup, as the best wine taster of the examination and the Bordeaux Wine MBA in 2007 (gaining best student and best thesis); making Gerard currently the only person in the world to hold simultaneously these three major wine qualifications.
Gerard has also won a string of National and International Sommelier Competitions; amongst others, the UK Sommelier of the Year 1989 and 1992, the Best Sommelier for French Wines in the UK 1998 and 1992, the Best International Sommelier for French wines 1992 in Paris, the Best Sommelier of Europe 1996 in Reims. Previously, Gerard finished three times second in the Best Sommelier of the World taking place every three years and that is organised by the ‘Association de La Sommellerie Internationale’ (ASI); 2nd in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro and in 2004 in Athens as well as Equal 2nd in 2007 in Rhodes where he won the Peter Lehmann Shiraz Prize, but more importantly, in April 2010 in Santiago de Chile, Gerard achieved his long held dream and won the Best Sommelier in the World 2010.
Having co-founded the original Hotel du Vin Group in 1994, Gerard created and ran the Ecole du Vin, a residential weekend wine school at Hotel du Vin Birmingham. He has a great experience of running tutored wine tastings and wine classes. Gerard judges regularly at wine tastings for leading wine and trade magazines such ‘Decanter’ and ‘The World of Fine Wine’. He was awarded ‘On Trade UK Personality of the Year’ by SOPEXA and a special ‘On Trade Contribution’ in 2008 by the trade magazine, Drinks Business.
Here are Gerard and Nina Basset at Hotel TerraVina in an excerpt from the popular ITV series, 'The Secrets of My Success' and here's a detailed synopsis of the hotel by Nina Basset.
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