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Why Dry July is a Wet Weekend

Posted in - New Zealand & wine
on July 2nd 2014

31 days without booze? Sounds like an easy way to get fired if you work in the drinks industry.

But many people are participating in “Dry July” across Australia and New Zealand, meaning that you give up alcohol for the month and you ask people to give you money for doing...
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When Cocaine Met Wine

Posted in - Blog Posts & trends & wine
on June 15th 2014

Between reading “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”, and flicking through baby name books, I’m halfway through Dominic Streatfeild’s “Cocaine: A Definitive Guide”. I appreciate it’s an unlikely reading list.

Cocaine is an excellent social history of the product, in the same ilk as Mark Kurlansky’s “Salt” and Ian Williams’s “Rum”. Now,...
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Escarpment: Ripe for the Picking

Posted in - New Zealand & Pinot Noir
on May 12th 2014

Looking to buy a vineyard in New Zealand? How about Escarpment? It’s making some of New Zealand’s finest and most interesting Pinot Noirs from 20 year-old plus vineyards in Martinborough. Sounds like a good proposition.

It’s already been on the market for three years and winemaker Larry McKenna reports “zero interest.”...
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  • “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, Editor of Decanter.com
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    Christian Davis, Editor of Drinks 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. Since 2012, I have been the editor at Wine-searcher.com. 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. In my spare time, I'm also trying my best to become a Master of Wine. Having passed the theory and practical sections of the exam, the dissertation is now the last hurdle. When not working or studying, there's a little time for open water swimming, mountain biking and sitting on the sofa watching The Wire. Thanks for visiting the site and I look forward to hearing from you.


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