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Gérard Basset

Gérard BASSET (Royaume-Uni)
Meilleur Sommelier du Monde 2010

Hotel TerraVIna Ltd
Academy of Food and Wine Service Court of Master Sommeliers.

Since Nov 2008 (for 2 years) –
World Wide President of Court of Master Sommeliers.
The only person in the world to be Master Sommelier, Master of Wine and Wine MBA.

  • 1988 and 1992: 1st UK Sommelier for French Wine – Sopexa (London)
  • 1989 and 1992: 1st UK Sommelier of the Year – Ruinart (London)
  • 1989: Master Sommelier (London)
  • 1990 and 1992: 3rd1 in Best Sommelier of Europe (Reims)
  • 1992: 2nd in ASI Best Sommelier of the World (Rio de Janeiro)
  • 1992: 1st in Best International Sommelier for French Wine – Sopexa (Paris)
  • 1996: 1st in Best Sommelier of Europe – Ruinart (Reims)
  • 1998: Master of Wine (London)
  • 1998: Bollinger Cup for Best Taster in Master of Wine Examination (London)
  • 2000: Sensory Evaluation of Wine Examination (Plumpton College, UK)
  • 2004: 2nd in ASI Best Sommelier of the World (Athens)
  • 2004: On trade UK Personality of the Year – Sopexa (London)
  • 2005: Special Achievement Award – Academy of Food and Wine Service (London)
  • 2007: MBA (Bordeaux Wine MBA) Gaining Best Student and Best Thesis
  • 2007: Equal 2nd in ASI Best Sommelier of the World (Rhodes in Greece). In addition won the two special prises of that Competition (for Master for Mineral Water and Best for the Peter Lehmann Syrah-Shiraz Prize)
  • 2008: Special Contribution – On Trade Award from The Drink Business Magazine
  • 2010: 1st in ASI Best Sommelier of the World (Santiago, Chile)

Special Awards:

  • 1989, 1990 and 1992: Winner of The Calvet Cup from Academy of Wine Service
  • 1992: Winner Sommelier Best of the Best by Courvoisier
  • 1993: Winner Marques de Cacares Award
  • 1996: Winner of the Dom Perignon Cup from Academy of Food and Wine Service
  • 1996 and 2001: Winner of two Cateys for Hotel du Vin
  • 2004: On trade UK Personality of the Year – Sopexa (London)
  • 2005: Special Achievement Award – Academy of Food and Wine Service (London)
  • 2008: Special Contribution – On Trade Award from The Drink Business Magazine
  • 2010: Winner of the Cateys Special Award
  • 2010: Winner IWC Wine Personality of the Year

Last Employment:

  • October 1994 - 0ctober 2004 Co-founder, Co-owner and Director of Hotel du Vin Group (6 hotels)

Prior to Hotel du Vin:

  • March 1988 – September 1994 Chef Sommelier at Chewton Glen Hotel (Relais et Chateaux and one star Michelin at the time) at New Milton, Hampshire, England

Miscellaneous:

  • 1997: Given the medal of Saint–Etienne by the mayor of Saint-Etienne (Michel Thiolliere)
  • 2000: Wrote a book ‘The Wine Experience’ published by Kyle Cathie (London)
  • Since Nov 2008 (for 2 years) - World Wide President of Court of Master Sommeliers
  • Since 2007: The only person in the world to be Master Sommelier, Master of Wine and Wine MBA

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