Paolo Basso, one of the most refined palates in the world, has excelled in the world of fine food and rare wines for over twenty years and acquired an extraordinary range of professional experience of activities, partnerships and international awards.
He has won several awards starting from the most prestigious World’s Best Sommelier awarded by the “Association de la Sommelerie Internationale” in 2013. He has also received a long list of other major awards: Best European Sommelier in 2010, Second Best ASI World Sommelier in 3 consecutive years (2010, 2007 and 2000). His “international career” was launched in 1997 when he was crowned Best Swiss Sommelier.
Born in 1966, he has dual – Italian and Swiss – nationality and is originally from the Varese area. He has worked in various restaurants with one or more Michelin stars in both Switzerland and abroad and has become a specialist in rare and collectors’ wines.
He has also been a member of the jury for renowned international wine competitions such as the Decanter World Wine Award, the Mundial du Pinot Noir, the Mundial du Merlot, the Swiss Wine Guide. Furthermore, he is a professor at the prestigious Swiss Changins Wine School and the Hotel Management School (Ecole Hôtelière) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Worldsom Sommelier Academy in Bordeaux, France. He has been Guest Speaker at many workshops on wine as well as fine food events all over the world.
He is a wine trader and consultant through his company Paolo Basso Wine in Lugano (Switzerland) as well as a wine producer. His first own label red wine was dedicated to his daughter, “Il Rosso di Chiara”.