Sadness and gratitude have been at the heart of the many tributes expressed around the wine world since Gérard Basset’s sudden passing, on January 16th. A Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, Best Sommelier of the World in 2010, OBE, MBA in Wine Business and director of ASI’s technical committee, he was one of the most beloved and highly respected figures in the wine world, thanks to his incredibly deep knowledge and impressive skills, but also his no less impressive generosity, sense of sharing and humility. He brought the highest standards to every aspect of his work and life. Further tributes to his accomplishments will be published in an upcoming special issue of the ASI Newsletter. To honour his memory and to offer support to his wife Nina and his son Romané, you can take part in the crowdfunding campaign for the publication of his memoirs, an initiative that has been generously supported and promoted by Jancis Robinson.