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Gerard Basset Best Sommelier of the World 2010

The ASI contest of the Best Sommelier of the World 2010 with Moet & Chandon took place in Santiago de Chile from 12th to 15th April, 51 candidates tried to conquer the world title owned since 2007 by the Swedish sommelier Andreas Larsson.

Gerard Basset, representing the United Kingdom, Hotel TerraVina in the New Forest near Southampton, won with style competing in the finals against the Swiss sommelier Paolo Basso, Ceresio Vini Lugano, and the French sommelier from the Crillon, Paris David Biraud.

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« It's great ! But to be honest I couldn't believe it ! I was not even sure of passing the quarter finals… Let alone the finals… And it was not because of lack of confidence or preparation not even experience ! But I missed this title so many times that I was really stressed even prior to the competition. So it is such a relief and a feeling of happiness. I think I am just dreaming… and I am also very happy for all the people who have been helping me for so many years, beginning with my wife who is my number one supporter. My problem now will be to find a new challenge» and her wife Nina agrees! »

If Paolo Basso is used to finals at the European or World level and thus enhanced his palmares with a world vice-champion title, David Biraud, was for the first time in an international final. Happy with their performance, they both immediately declared that they had a great motivation for the next Mondial.

Kazuyoshi Kogai, President of ASI, surrounded by Shinya Tasaki, President of the Technical Commission and Hector Vergara, President of the Sommelier Association of Chile, announced the results on the very evening and presided the Prizegiving ceremony in the wonderful banquet room of the Hotel W, and then in the magic frame of Castillo Hidalgo of Santiago.

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