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Gérard Basset

As you probably know already, our dear friend Gérard Basset, ASI’s Best Sommelier of the World 2010 & Technical Director, passed away on January 16th 2019.

Witty, talented, humble, generous, knowledgeable, kind, fun… these are but a few of the many great words that best describe him. He had countless titles, but above all Gérard was a member of our global family and an inspiration for all of us.

ASI was a home for him, so today we mourn the man and seek comfort in the many warm memories that we share, the myriad anecdotes that define the unique human being, friend, professional and visionary that he was. He didn’t create sommellerie, but he reinvented it for generations to come.

Our thoughts are with his wife Nina, his son Romané and all his family and friends. May he rest in peace, he will be deeply missed!

Best wishes,
The Board of ASI

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