Metro Drinks Columnist and IWSC Wine Communicator of the Year shortlistee Rob Buckhaven began working in the wine trade soon after graduating with a BA Hons in Spanish from Leeds University. The lure of using his languages to float around the globe tasting wine was a compelling one for such a wine-enthused graduate.
Soon Rob had worked for Adnams Wines and had even made wine in South Australia living in a caravan on the winery site. From there, Rob worked as Senior Brand Manager for Torres, as a Wine Buyer for a posh British Restaurant Group and is now the Brand Ambassador for a major English Sparkling Wine.
Rob received distinction in his MBA in Wine Marketing and Management from the prestigious INSEEC Business School in Bordeaux, where he wrote his thesis on Spanish wine in the UK market. Seeing an important gap in the market on his return to the UK he set up award-winning wine website lovethatwine.co.uk in conjunction with Thierry’s Wine Services, offering everyday wine drinkers the chance to write their own reviews on the wines they are quaffing.
Rob then went on to do an eight-year stint as Senior Brand Manager of Torres’ portfolio of wines and spirits at John Fells, which gave Rob a passion for wine in the On-Trade sector. He then went on to be the Group Head of Wine for Boisdale Restaurants in London. Rob is currently Wine Columnist for the Metro and Brand Ambassador for Rathfinny Estate, having launched their maiden sparkling wines in London and Hong Kong in 2018.
Rob writes regularly on the subject of wine, as the former Wine Columnist for Fabulous Magazine in the News of the World and the Sun on Sunday, and in his role as Wine Columnist for the Metro newspaper, off and online. Rob’s passion lies in communicating wine both in print, and on TV where he has appeared regularly as a Wine Expert on The Market Kitchen, Something for the Weekend and the Michael Ball Show.
Rob can also be found hosting theatres at major shows across the country, at the Ideal Home Show, BBC Good Food Show, Taste, Foodies and Jamie Oliver’s Big Feastival.