- By Laura Rhys
COURT OF MASTER SOMMELIERS, CONGRATULATES GERARD BASSET “DECANTER – MAN OF THE YEAR 2013”
First Master Sommelier to Receive Decanter’s Prestigious Man of the Year Award
The Court of Master Sommeliers, is pleased to congratulate Master Sommelier Gerard Basset O.B.E., MS, MW. for his recognition as Decanter magazine’s Man of the Year 2013.
The Court of Master Sommeliers is honoured that this prominent wine publication has recognized an individual from the Court for his leadership in the wine and beverage industries.
Decanter.com comments that Gerard is “widely credited with transforming the perception of sommeliers around the world”.
Gerard Basset, became a Master Sommelier in 1989, is the current President of The Court of Master Sommeliers Europe, and is the owner of The Terravina hotel in Hampshire.
Since 1984, Decanter has selected one individual to be the Man or Woman of the Year. Gerard Basset joins an illustrious group of individuals who have also received this title, including Robert Mondavi, André Tchelistcheff, Jancis Robinson and Ernst Loosen.
“The Court of Master Sommeliers warmly congratulates Gerard Basset for this tremendous accolade, which raises awareness for sommeliers worldwide,”