His roots may be French, but this sommelier has nurtured his career in the U.K. As one of the greatest wine professionals of his generation, Gerard Basset has more than just a passion for vino. Not only has he been crowned the World Champion sommelier, Basset is also the sole person to ever simultaneously hold the master of wine, master sommelier and MBA wine honors. He co-founded the successful Hotel du Vin group in 1994, which grew to include six hotels before it was sold to MWB Group in 2004. In 2007, he opened his boutique wine hotel, Hotel TerraVina in New Forest, England, with his wife, Nina. Basset was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2011 for his outstanding contribution to the British hospitality industry. But the awards don’t stop there; he was named Decanter Magazine’s 2013 Man of the Year.