Unsurprisingly when they found out we were off to meet World Sommelier Gerard Basset, those in the know wanted to know who the top-drawer UK hotel chain, Hotel Du Vin came to be. You see, Basset was a founder.

He talks about his experience at the hotel Chewton Glen where he was sommelier, and worked with co-founder of Du Vin Robin Hutson who was hotel MD.

So off they went in 1994 to find money and grow ideas and a brand. And man did he learn some lessons!

If you're interested in learning about the hotel industry or even opening your own venture, have a look at this.

Remember Hotel Du Vin really opened up the UK market to wine - so many by the glass, such a range of prices and wine makers. And for that we are very grateful.

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