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Wines of the year 2015: value picks

Some of the producers that have appeared in my wines of the year series thus far were perhaps not surprising to see: Ata Rangi, Greywacke, Rippon and co. have a track record for a good reason. But many of my non-wine friends don’t want to spend $50 on a bottle of...

January 1st 2016 Read more »

Wines of the year 2015: top 10 reds

My favourite Kiwi reds don’t include the Canterbury Crusaders, although a few of them do look particularly tidy in tight red shorts. Nor are all my favourite Kiwi reds Pinot Noir.

In 2015, I opted not to do a Pinot Noir masterclass, as expected, at the behemoth wine fair that is Vinexpo in...

December 24th 2015 Read more »

Wines of the year 2015: Super-sixy Chardonnays

For those of you that have stuck by New Zealand Chardonnay when it was deeply unfashionable, you can come out of the closet, because it’s cool to like Chardonnay again – and for good reason.

Chardonnay has been the single variety that has impressed me over and over again in 2015. And...

December 22nd 2015 Read more »

Fine tuning the red section

The evolution of Craggy Range’s Le Sol Syrah is a microcosm of the progress of fine red wines in New Zealand in recent years.

Time has brought a greater understanding of the vineyards, which have themselves matured, as well as a realisation within the winemaking community that less is more when it...

October 16th 2015 Read more »

  • “I’d regard Rebecca Gibb as a first-class journalist, unfazed by any assignment, fast and accurate. In the stints she’s done for decanter.com she’s been an asset to the website AND to the office”

    Adam Lechmere, founder and former editor of Decanter.com
  • “Willing and able to have a go at anything, a quick learner, and best of all a do-er! She has a natural ability for news and to ask the questions others would not even think never mind ask and she can write as well – which helps! Best of all she is a good laugh, a good northerner and someone who makes wine fun as well as interesting.”

    Richard Siddle, former editor of Harpers
  • “I was impressed not only with Rebecca’s knowledge but with her have-a-go attitude and her willingness and ability to adapt to writing concise news stories and business orientated features to tight deadlines. I have no hesitation in commending Rebecca, based on her working for me during my tenure as editor of Harpers.”

    Christian Davis, Editor of Drinks International
  • Rebecca Gibb is an enthusiastic and hardworking journalist who goes the extra mile, and who is always looking for new angles and fresh ways to tell a story. Even better, she delivers clean copy on time.

    Felicity Carter, Editor, Wine Business International

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About Me

I was born and raised in north-east England but the local steelworks and coal mining industry was on its knees so wine journalism seemed like a better way of earning a living.

After winning the UK's Young Wine Writer of the Year in 2006, I joined UK wine trade magazine, Harpers, going on to become its features editor. As a freelancer, I contributed to prestigious titles including Decanter, Wine Business International, Imbibe, Food & Travel and Sommelier Journal, and was named the Louis Roederer International Wine Writer Awards' inaugural Emerging Writer of the Year.

From 2012 until 2015, I was the editor of Wine-Searcher. Within 18 months of launching the editorial side of Wine-Searcher, it was shortlisted for Wine Website of the Year in the 2013 Louis Roederer Awards.

Clearly it wasn’t only a Champagne house that thought my work was better than the average bear’s, as I was recruited to join LE PAN, a new luxury wine magazine, that launched in June 2015. I’m now in charge of commissioning and editing wine-related features for both the magazine and the website. I also manage to find the time to do a bit of writing!

I’m also a Master of Wine!. Having passed the theory and practical sections of the exam, the Research Paper was the last hurdle which I got over in August 2015.

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