Hi there. I’m Jane Clare, WIne Writer and Blogger – and now a wine Entertainer!
What happened? How did a journalist of 30 years’ standing (most of them sitting, to be fair) head down this journey of discovering wine and then decide to take a left turn into freelance writing, events and wine tastings?
the story of Jane Clare Wine and One Foot in the Grapes
In 2011 I caught the wine bug when I visited Chablis on a press trip and was hooked. I wanted to discover more about wine.
I launched the column One Foot in the Grapes in the paper I edited, the Wirral News, with the emphasis on learning about wine. The lovely Gray Simpson (Wine is Wonderful) mentored me in those early stages. He is now the wine, beer and spirits buyer for Whitmore & White in Heswall, Wirral.
When I moved roles the column ended but in 2012 the Features’ Editor of the Liverpool Post asked me to write their wine column. I started the One Foot in the Grapes blog to share the columns published in the Post (a paper which is sadly no more) and you can see some from those early days in this blog.
The wine column then moved into the Saturday Extra magazine, which is published in big city regional titles across the UK, including the Liverpool Echo, Newcastle Chronicle, Birmingham Mail and the South Wales Echo. A couple of years later and now even more papers publish my weekly missive – including the Nottingham Post, Hull Daily Mail and the Cambridge News.
When I started out I didn’t feel I could write about wine with complete confidence so I enrolled on a couple of courses with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.
I received a distinction in the Level 2 WSET exam (Wine Spirits and Education Trust, www.wsetglobal.com) and a merit at Level 3 (Advanced) both through the Liverpool Wine School (www.liverpoolwineschool.co.uk) under the guidance of Dan Harwood.
the Future: Jane Clare Wine and One Foot in the Grapes
In May 2017 I switched careers. I’m now branching out into running wine tastings in Merseyside, Sefton, Lancashire, and Bolton under the One Foot in the Grapes name to share the love of wine. I really love wine. I want everyone to love wine.
I’m also continuing as a freelance journalist and it’s looking very exciting. The readership of that original column has grown; it is now syndicated to more than 30 Trinity Mirror regional newspapers (see list below). I’m very lucky.
Do you fancy taking The Fizzics Test?
If you want to take The Fizzics Test, (yup, fizz fizz fizz all the way) or enjoy Supermarket Peep (a dalliance with some supermarket wines) or pick up some tips on white wine alternatives to pinot grigio then get in touch. I’d love to share my love of wine with YOU.
I’m not geeky, oh no, don’t be scared. I once won a stand-up comedy night for goodness sake.
I managed to stand up because I wasn’t allowed a drink until AFTER I’d been on stage.
It’s funny how wine has totally changed my life. Who’d have thought.
I bloody love wine. That’s about it really. It’s not rocket science.
You can read my blog here.
* The Drinks’ column is syndicated across these Trinity Mirror Regional titles
Stoke Sentinel – Saturday
Cambridge News – Saturday
Birmingham Mail – Saturday
+updated August 2017