Gerard Basset, the world champion sommelier, co-founder of the original Hotel du Vin Group and owner of the award-winning Hotel TerraVina in the New Forest, today received the OBE from the Princess Royal at Windsor Castle for services to hospitality.
Basset is regarded by his peers as one of the greatest authorities on wine and, in addition to his competition and business success, is considered to have revolutionised wine service, adopting an accessible approach and mentoring a generation of young wine professionals.
He said he was "humbled and overjoyed in equal measures to be recognised by the establishment".
By Janet Harmer
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