WHY ASIA MATTERS
GERARD BASSET OBE, MS, MW, MBA
"Asian wines are becoming more relevant to the Asian wine drinker. I believe the Asian Wine Review will help winemakers benchmark their wines against each other and at the same time guide consumers making wiser choices in their wine selections." About Gerard Basset Gerard Basset is a former World Champion Sommelier and the only person to ever simultaneously hold the Master of Wine, Master Sommelier and MBA Wine honours. In 2011 he was awarded an OBE for his services to the hospitality industry and in 2013 was voted Decanter Man of the Year.
‘’I have been watching, with growing excitement, the emergence of a modern wine industry in Asia over the past 30 years. There are traditions dating back thousands of years in some countries, but the adoption of modern viticultural and winemaking practices is very new – and increasingly widespread, including countries in Southeast Asia with no winemaking traditions at all. There is lots to discover for the world’s wine adventurers and much excitement to be found in the increasing number of Asian wineries stunning judging panels worldwide with gold medal and trophy winning wines. The Asian Wine Review is a very important new tool to evaluate Asian wines and introduce them to a growing league of wine lovers worldwide wanting to find these new offerings.’’ DENIS GASTIN Author, Wine Writer & Wine Judge
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