December 8, 2009: On this day, a bottle of 1928 Krug Champagne was, for a time, the most costly bottle of Champagne ever auctioned. The Krug Collection 75cl bottle was sold at the inaugural Hong Kong auction held by Acker Merrall & Condit. According to the catalog, it sold for £14,800 (US$21,200; €15,900) and was described as having “excellent color and condition.” The Head of Sotheby’s Wine Department, Serena Sutcliffe, described the 1928 Krug as “one of the greatest champagnes ever produced.”

December 8, 2020: On this day Tasting Victory: The Wines of the World’s Favorite Sommelier was published. Written by the legendary Master of Wine and Master Sommelier Gerard Basset, the book is filled with his memories, career wisdom, and life story.

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