DWWA Regional France Judging Panel
- Thursday 24 May 2012
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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. He has been named Best Sommelier in the UK several times, as well as Best International Sommelier for French Wines in 1992 and Best Sommelier of Europe in 1996; in April 2010 Gerard realised his long-held dream of becoming the Best Sommelier in the World and was also awarded the Catey Special Award. In 2010 and 2011 the IWC and then Harpers made him Personality of the Year. 2011 also saw Gerard named Industry Legend by Imbibe Magazine and receive an OBE awarded by The Princess Royal at Windsor Castle. Gerard is the only person in the world to be simultaneously a Master Sommelier, Master of Wine and hold a Wine MBA. Gerard also has an obvious flair for business; in 1994, he co-founded the Hotel du Vin which was sold in 2004 after having successfully opened six additional hotels. In 2007, with his wife Nina, he opened Hotel TerraVina in the New Forest.