The Judges of 5 Star Wines:

Paolo Basso

Paolo Basso, winner of the ASI Best Sommelier of the World Title in 2013, is an internationally active consultant for luxury hotel groups and Air France airline, and helps to promote Swiss wines in collaboration with the organization Swiss Wine Promotion. Born in Italy, he currently lives in Switzerland and he holds double Italian and Swiss citizenship.

Paolo Basso is one of only five sommeliers in the world to have won both the European and global titles for ‘Best Sommelier’ and among the rare few sommeliers to have reached for the eighths time the final level of an international competition. In 2014, the Grand Cru Committee of Italy, the most prestigious wine producers association in the country, crowned him ‘Sommelier of the Year’.

Member of the jury of the most prestigious international tasting competition he also works as lecturer and wine teacher at the School of Wine in Changins and Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland and at the Worldsom Sommelier Academy of Bordeaux, and has been guest speaker at many seminars and gastronomy events.

He currently start a new activity as a wine producer in Switzerland, dedicating his first wine, Il Rosso di Chiara, to his daughter, and launching a line of Italian wines with its own label. He also runs his own wine consulting company Paolo Basso Wine in Lugano, Switzerland.