Gérard Basset, Best Sommelier in the World, shares his passion for wine on FrenchWineNews.
Voted Best Sommelier in the world 2010, Gérard Basset is originally from France. He moved to England thirty years ago to work in the restaurant industry. There he got married and created a company (he has a hotel restaurant in New Forest, near Southhampton and a hotel chain dedicated to wine) and today is one of the rare “English” sommeliers to have been elected, “Master of Wine”. When he was 19 years old there was no way of predicting that Gérard Basset would make it in the wine world. He came to wine through the back door and for him wine is associated with pleasure and socializing.