Best World’s Sommelier in 2013

Best European Sommelier in 2013



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”.


Il Rosso di Chiara

Produced by selecting the best Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes.


“My experience is encapsulated in this elegant wine with a bold personality and aroma that will be accentuated when combined with fine food. The varieties are blended as follow: 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc”.

It is available in different size bottles: 75 cl, 150 cl and 300 cl.



Video taste Il Rosso di Chiara


Il Bianco di Chiara

Produced from Merlot grapes made into white wine with great care.


This method for making wine is a specialty of Canton Ticino and is used in only very few places in the world. Ageing takes place in high-quality French wooden casks giving it a complexity and elegance that will be enhanced when combined with fish dishes. This wine is made from 100% Merlot grapes.

It is available in 75 cl. Bottles.



Video taste Il Bianco di Chiara

Champagne Duval-Leroy Cuvée Paolo Basso


The Paolo Basso experience developed by tasting many thousands of different Champagnes is encapsulated in this exceptional cuvée. By marrying Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, the Paolo Basso Ducal-Leroy vintage champagne has a distinct personality. Ideal for pre-dinner drinks, it will also enhance refined cusine dishes.


All wines in this range have been selected by Paolo Basso and are now available from the e-shop!


Designed for private groups or companies, these classes provide useful knowledge to better understand the world of wine and how to select, preserve and combine the best. An opportunity to acquire theoretical notions, as well as practical abilities, with guided tastings to help navigate a world that is often unfamiliar. The level of explanations given will be adapted to participants’ needs.


A personalized consultancy for restaurants, hotels, wine bars, clubs and companies that value detail: wine list (range, number of wines and paper design), wine selection (compatibility with menu, price and brands) and staff training (ways of serving and presenting).

“My greatest passions are the labels that have left their mark on the history of international wine-making, those produced in limited editions and those that are unique because of their exciting presentation, great vintage and originality. They are selected for collectors or for those wishing to enjoy truly special vintage years”.


A club for wine lovers, a meeting place for all those wishing to share their time with other wine excellence enthusiasts. Our club offers wine acquaintance courses for both novices and experts in this field, wine tasting, professional training and Wine & Dine.


Paolo Basso Wine Club is for all those who wish to understand and appreciate wines of character with a personality that arouses the emotions, produced by wine-growers who love their land and through their wine convey their passion and expertise.


Paolo Basso Wine Club.

Anyone interested in the merits of quality wines can apply to become a member of the Paolo Basso Wine Club simply by enrolling via the website.


Membership of the Paolo Basso Wine Club does not include any obligation to buy wines. Members will enjoy special advantages such as discounts for wine classes or wine tastings organized by the Club and special offers are for Club members only.



Le vin selon le meilleur sommelier du monde

Avec Pierre-Emmanuel Büss, journaliste et chroniqueur qui a recueilli mes propos pour écrire le livre qui paraîtra prochainement.


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