A sad loss

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AdVL would like to pay tribute to Gerard Basset, Master Sommelier, Master of Wine and former Honorary President of WSET who on 16 January 2019 finally lost his battle with cancer. Back in November, Gerard sent us what was probably his last piece of writing, a tribute to Michael Broadbent for inclusion in the forthcoming Commemorative Edition of Wine Tasting. With his text was a simple, but touching, note to founder Steven Spurrier:

Dear Steven

I hope you are well. Here is my little intro about Michael and his book.  Let me know if that works for you.  If not I can tweak some of it. I am this week in Paris for my treatment but I will call you next week about my book.” A delightful man, and a sad loss to the wine world.

Martin Preston