Christine Campbell / Promo 2009 – 2011
After graduating from The Master Vintage program I moved to London, England with my fiancé as he also finished his Masters program in France and was offered a job in London.
Shortly after arriving, I started working for Decanter magazine as Decanter World Wine Awards Assistant. After 8 months I was promoted to Decanter World Wine Awards Brand Executive and was at the forefront of speaking with wine producers from all over the world to promote the Decanter World Wine Awards. This allowed me to travel to various trade fairs in Europe and in the UK to make sure that wine growers from France and Italy were represented.
In 2013 I changed roles at Decanter and started working for the Tastings Team. I was promoted to Tastings Executive, which is what I am today. My role consists in organizing wine tastings that are featured in the magazine, writing tasting notes to be published in the magazine and online, and helping organize the wines to be tasted for the Decanter World Wine Awards. I also answer reader questions on certain subjects such as Brettanomyces, which is what my thesis was based on for the Master Vintage program.
On a weekly basis I have the opportunity to taste wines from all over the world and evaluate them in blind tastings. At these tastings we have a panel of three judges, who tend to be the experts of the region and I happily discuss about wines with them, which is always a great learning experience for me.
My current role has allowed me to travel to Hong Kong for the Decanter Asia Wine Awards in order to organize the wines to be tasted, and to Shanghai for our Fine Wine Encounter, where I evaluated all of the Master Class wines before they were tasted to ensure there were no faulty wines.
Without the knowledge I acquired during my time in Angers, Valencia, and Piacenza I would not have the career I have today. Being able to visit so many wine producing areas and learn new languages along with the scientific and marketing educational base has prepared me well for the industry.