Magazine article Management Today

MT Travel: Globetrotter

Magazine article Management Today

MT Travel: Globetrotter

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Master sommelier Gerard Basset on the perks of an unexpected layover in Madrid.

Where do you travel?

I've been in the wine industry for almost 30 years and I've travelled all over the world to taste different blends. I go away at least once a month, but sometimes it can be once a week, and that can be anywhere from California to Australia, Bordeaux to Germany.

What do you do when you get there?

Sometimes I'll do wine presentations, particularly if I'm in China Mostly, it's just to visit the vineyards and talk to the owners. I'm not a wine buyer - although I buy the odd bottle if I really like the wine. The purpose of my trips is to learn and to discover new wines, and to make sure I'm on top of my game. Then I pass on my recommendations to hotels and restaurants back home.

How do you travel?

I mostly go alone, although sometimes I'll be part of a trip organised for a wine group. It's nice to meet new people and discuss ideas, although I get more work done if I'm on my own. On the journey, I'll do some work then watch a film and have a glass of wine or two. I like Burgundy and Madeira. I travel business class if it's a long flight and I have to do a presentation shortly after landing.

Favourite place?

I love California. …

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