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Champagne (and Moscato) for 13 new Masters of Wine

A year ago, I received the phone call saying: ‘you’ve passed your Research Paper and I’m delighted to welcome you to the Institute of Masters of Wine’ or something like that. It was lost in a blur of wet eyes, fist pumping and hysterical laughing.

Today, 13 new Masters of Wine...

September 6th 2016 Read more »

The life and wines of Laure Colombo

My first meeting with Laure Colombo is in a North Yorkshire pub. I order a pint, she drinks tea and tries to stifle a yawn. It’s 5 o’clock in the afternoon and she has just woken up.

Over the course of our pub meeting, the story behind her fatigue unfurls: it...

August 11th 2016 Read more »

The wines of Lanzarote require Ironman effort

The first-ever wine press event I attended was a Canary Islands tasting. I was on a two-week work experience stint and was pea green. The editor of Harpers thought he’d sent me to a Spanish tasting – well I suppose it was; I turn up and there’s a load of winemakers...

May 18th 2016 Read more »

The Bollinger Diaries: Part I

There was a knock on the door. A dark silhouette filled its frame.

“Hello, love, you Rebecca Gibb?” Well, I am.

“Got a delivery for you: 49 bottles of Bollinger?” If only this could happen every Tuesday morning.

So in came the boxes. It turns out that if you’re a mega swot...

April 21st 2016 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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