Bonhams to host exceptional Burgundy tasting in New York with Jancis Robinson MW to support The Gérard Basset Foundation

New York, NY – Bonhams joins forces with Jancis Robinson MW to support The Gérard Basset Foundation by hosting a spectacular wine-tasting in New York. Jancis Robinson, author of The Oxford Companion to Wine and of and known throughout the world as one of the most celebrated and insightful experts in the world of wine, will lead a 75-minute tasting, offering the finest wines from Burgundy sourced by the Foundation. The tasting will take place at Bonhams’ headquarters on Madison Avenue, New York on May 6.

Jancis Robinson, a Trustee of the Gérard Basset Foundation and renowned for her wine column in the Financial Times since 1989, brings a wealth of knowledge to the gathering and will be offering signed copies of the new 5th Edition of The Oxford Companion to Wine, considered one of the greatest wine reference books ever published. Joining her is Lulie Halstead, CEO of the Foundation, and Romané Basset, Gérard Basset’s son and co-founding Trustee of the Foundation, who will explain the organisation’s mission dedicated to advancing global diversity, equity, and inclusion within the wine, spirits, and hospitality sectors in homage to the late great Gérard Basset. The event will be hosted by Amayès Aouli, Bonhams’ newly appointed Global Head of Wine and Spirits.

Amayès Aouli commented: “Knowledge and generosity are such important elements in the world of wine. So I am proud that the first major announcement since my arrival at Bonhams is to support the Gérard Basset Foundation by hosting a once-in-a-lifetime wine tasting in New York together with the most recognised voice in the wine world: Jancis Robinson, MW.”

Who: Amayès Aouli, Bonhams Global Head of Wine and Spirits, Foundation Trustee & FT Wine Correspondent Jancis Robinson, and Foundation CEO Lulie Halstead.

When: Monday May 6th 2024

Where: Bonhams New York, 580 Madison Avenue

What: A champagne reception, followed by 75-minute tasting led by Jancis Robinson offering 10 outstanding wines from Burgundy sourced by the Foundation. This is a ticketed event.

More details will be announced in the following weeks.

For press enquiries, please contact for Bonhams and Christian Holthausen for The Gérard Basset Foundation.

About The Gérard Basset FoundationThe Foundation is mandated to fund educational and professional programmes focused on supporting diversity, equity & inclusion in wine, spirits & hospitality globally. Our mission is to provide funding for programmes that significantly enhance the career opportunities of those that they support. We fund credible programmes that support a diverse range of communities including:

• Cultural & socio-economic diversity• Ethnic diversity• Religious diversity• Gender diversity• Sexual orientation diversity• Disability diversity Whilst our Scholarships primarily support those undertaking higher level qualifications e.g. MW & MS, our Grantee programme seeks to support a broader range of communities & individuals at earlier stages in their career journey.

In 2021 and 2022, The Gerard Basset Foundation raised £2.2 million in donations. To date, we have supported 66 Scholars and Grantee organisations. Our scholars are of 28 different nationalities, living and working in 23 countries. Our 23 grantee programmes are based in 11 countries and range from grass roots non-profit organisations to globally renowned institutions.


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit

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