One of our regular treats was dinner, B&B at Hotel Terravina in the New Forest. It was owned by Gerard and Nina Basset, Gerard being one of the founders of the Hotel du Vin chain, a Master of Wine and world sommelier champ in about 2010. And an MBE. When Hotel du vin was sold to Malmaison he and Nina opened Terravina.
Sadly Gerard has just died, about a year after being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer. Nina’s mother died of cancer just before. Christmas and earlier in 2018 they closed Terravina and converted it into a B&B with lunches so as to concentrate on all these family health issues.
There is a crowd funding page to help get Gerard’s memoires, which he wrote after his diagnosis, published. They already have the initial amount, but the page is still open and any additional amount will help support Nina and her son. It really is very sad, and Gerard was such a lovely guy. He had time for everyone at the restaurant, and he trained an awesome team of sommeliers at Terravina.
If anyone is interested in this story here is the link