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Rebecca Gibb wins Circle of Wine Writers Young Wine Writer of the Year award

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Christian Davis
Rebecca Gibb is this year's Circle of Wine Writers' Young Wine Writer of the Year'. The 25-year-old from Stockton-on-Tees in north-east England won with an article on the Australian cool-climateregion Mornington Peninsula, in Victoria.

Gibb is pictured with Adrian Webster, chairman of Websters, the publisher that sponsors the award. She received a 1,000 cheque from Websters, a two-week trip to Australia courtesy of Wine Australia, and a magnum of 1986 Chteau Palmer, along with an invitation to visit the chteau and a magnum of 2004 Cornas Les Ruchets, Jean-Luc Colombo.

She told Harpers that she had not been interested in wine until she was 18 and took a gap between her first and second year at Warwick University where she was studying history and politics. She went skiing in Australia and befriended the daughter of the owner of Boynton's, a boutique winery in the Alpine Valleys of Victoria. She did a vintage, came back and started doing WSET courses after she finished at Warwick.

'I applied to wine merchants and got a job with Simon Wrightson of Wrightson & Co in North Yorkshire. I worked with him for two years and he put me through the WSET Diploma.'

She has visited Bouchard in Burgundy and re-visited Boyntons while travelling around Australia and New Zealand. For her diploma, Gibb won the Peter Hampson Memorial Scholarship and used the bursary to part-fund a visit to Jerez.