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
I’m a journalist and sometimes we do exciting things like going on press trips. In 2011 I caught the wine bug when I visited Chablis on such a trip and was hooked. I wanted to find out more about wine.
I launched a 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 switched roles from that paper the column ended but in 2012 the Features’ Editor of the Liverpool Post asked me to write her wine column. I started this blog One Foot in the Grapes to share the wine columns published in the Post, a paper which is sadly no more – but you can see some of the early columns from those days in this blog.
Even though I’d learned quite a bit about wine, I definitely didn’t know enough to write about it with confidence so I enrolled on a couple of courses.
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.
I’m now studying for the WSET diploma which is a two-year course for wine professionals. Errrrm. It’s challenging!!
the Future: Jane Clare Wine and One Foot in the Grapes
In May 2017 I switched careers. I’m now shaping the future as a freelance journalist and it is looking very exciting.
The readership of that original drinks’ column has grown as it is now syndicated to more than 30 Trinity Mirror regional newspapers (see list below). I’m very lucky.
I’m also branching out into running wine tastings and events under the One Foot in the Grapes name to share the love of wine. I really love wine. I want everyone to love wine.
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.
PS – the doggie in my One Foot logo is The Moo aka Millie the miniature schnauzer. I love her so much.
* The Drinks’ column is syndicated across these Trinity Mirror Regional titles
Stoke Sentinel – Saturday
Cambridge News – Saturday
Birmingham Mail – Saturday
+updated June 2017