Rebecca Gibb MW – Wine Journalist
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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 »

Why do winemakers kick their vines?

If you see Matt Stafford, Craggy Range’s chief winemaker giving his vines a damn good kick in the run-up to harvest, is he: a) mad that the local air force has done a practice ‘drop’ and taken out part of the vineyard; b) lamenting the Black Caps’ latest loss (McCullum had an off...

October 9th 2015 Read more »

Becoming a Master of Wine

In week one, as a keen first-year student, I was told the Master of Wine course was the ‘Everest’ of wine. Having been to Everest Base Camp two years earlier, I thought, yes, shouldn’t be too bad. I should’ve realised they meant the top of Everest – 3000 meters higher, without...

September 8th 2015 Read more »

Burgundy Pinot with a Kiwi Flavour

A handful of New Zealand wine lovers will soon be able to buy wine from a Kiwi-owned parcel of Gevrey-Chambertin. Domaine Thomson (formerly known as Surveyor Thomson) managed a rare feat for an outsider – buying a vineyard in Burgundy’s Cotede Nuits (pictured).

July 9th 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 she’s been an asset to the website AND to the office”

    Adam Lechmere, founder and former editor of
  • “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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