Gerard Basset MS MW is a judge and vice-chair in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).
Gerard Basset MS MW qualified as a chef and sommelier in his native France before moving to England in the mid-1980s, where he embarked on a career as a sommelier. Currently running Hotel TerraVina in the New Forest with his wife Nina, Basset has an obvious flair for business and previously co-founded the Hotel du Vin, which was sold in 2004 after having successfully opened six additional hotels. Basset was named Decanter’s Man of the Year 2013, holds the prestigious title of Best Sommelier in the World 2010, and is the only person in the world to simultaneously be a Master Sommelier, Master of Wine and hold a Wine MBA. In addition, he has been awarded Best Sommelier in the UK several times, as well as Best International Sommelier for French Wines in 1992, and Best Sommelier of Europe 1996. Basset has been named Personality of the Year by both IWC and Harper’s, Industry Legend by Imbibe magazine, and in 2011 he received an OBE by The Princess Royal at Windsor Castle. Gerard Basset has been a Decanter Asia Wine Awards judge and vice-chair since the launch of the competition in 2012.