The week in pictures

This week marked the sad news that Gerard Basset OBE, esteemed Master Sommelier, Master of Wine and an inspiration to the wine trade for 30 years, has died after a long battle with cancer.

Writers, winemakers and sommeliers have come out in their hundreds to share their memories of Basset. His wife, Nina, said she and his loved ones “draw strength from the kind messages that we have already received from the many people whose lives he touched.”

A crowdfunding platform to raise funds for the publication of Gerard Basset’s memoirs has since launched online.

Our editor, Patrick Schmitt MW, also gave his own tribute, which you can read here. He noted that “no-one in wine was as well-known, as widely-liked and as universally-admired as Gérard – and that’s despite stiff competition in this friendly industry of high-achievers.”

“I shall certainly greatly miss his comforting presence at the major events in the wine calendar, where one could be sure Gérard would be present, usually standing to one side of the room, smiling, with his chin resting on his hand.”

He will be greatly missed by all of us.

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