Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Friday, 24 November 2017

Gérard Basset MW MS: get well quickly!

 Gérard judging at the Decanter World Wine Awards

I was shocked and saddened when I was told in confidence that Gérard Basset is having treatment for cancer. Now Gérard's wife Nina has bravely blogged about Gérard's illness, I am able to wish Gérard a full, speedy recovery and that the treatment and subsequent operation are successful. 

Nina's blog:

Keep Calm and Carry on here at TerraVina
November 14, 2017

'whilst we deal with the recent news that sadly Gerard is also battling an aggressive cancer, for which he is undergoing immediate and urgent treatment, with a major operation to follow, hopefully in the Spring.'

Finding humorous moments amongst the challenges here at TerraVina
November 22, 2017

Gérard has achieved many things – including former World Champion Sommelier, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, a founder of the Hotel du Vin chain and now with Nina the proprietor of Hotel Terravina. Details here and here

However, for me the best thing about Gérard is that he is so friendly, and modest. It is a real pleasure and privilege to work alongside him at the Decanter World Wine Awards. 

Delighted that Gérard is very positive: 'I am positive and so are my consultants.  I am treating this situation like taking the MW; To WIN!'

Gérard get well quickly, please.  

 From the website

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Adegga Wine Market Lisbon 1st December 2017 @Marriott Hotel, Lisboa

Friday 1st December sees the 2017 winter edition of the Adegga Wine Market, which will again be held at the Lisbon Marriott Hotel. The Adegga Wine Markets are a great opportunity to taste and buy some of Portugal's best and most exciting wines.

Ticket prices range from 15€ to 50€ per person. There is a special deal for two (60€). The price of the more expensive tickets can be set against wine bought. The winter edition includes the Premium Room – see details of the wines below. Tickets for this room cost 50€ a person.  

O Adegga WineMarket é um evento de vinhos de qualidade.

Descubra 500 vinhos de 60 produtores seleccionados.
Escolha e prove vinhos entre os 5€ e os 50€.
Compre os vinhos que mais gostou a preços de evento.
Receba em casa os vinhos que comprou directamente ao produtor.
Utilize o SmartWineGlass para se lembrar dos vinhos que provou.
Traga os amigos e aproveite o ambiente descontraído.

1 de Dezembro, Sexta-feira    |    Lisbon Marriott Hotel, Lisboa    

|    Siga o Evento no Facebook


Innovations for this edition:

Adegga Bio

O Adegga Bio é uma nova experiência dedicada aos vinhos Biológicos, Biodinâmicos, Sustentáveis e Naturais dentro do Adegga WineMarket. O Adegga lança a nova experiência acompanhando a evolução do mercado mundial e o elevado interesse dos consumidores em conhecer produtos e produtores Bio.

Wine walks
Looking for the inside track on the 500 wines to taste? If so join a Wine Walk hosted by local experts journalists, winemakers, sommeliers, bloggers doing thematic 30 min tours of the event with groups of 10 people. Topics will include
'10 good white wines below 10€'.


Return of the Sala Premium(Premium Room)
Uma experiência premium numa zona exclusiva dentro do Adegga WineMarket com prova de vinhos Premium, topo de gama e Vinhos do Porto antigos. Uma oportunidade para provar vinhos especiais. O bilhete de acesso à Sala Premium tem um custo de 50€.

Wines in the Premium Room are presented by sommeliers Sérgio Antunes e Vanessa Gonçalves.

Wines in the Premium Room: 

 Two Covela wines in the Premium Room this year

Wednesday, 22 November 2017