Jane Clare – One Foot in the Grapes

Jane Clare wine
Jane Clare


Hi there. I’m Jane Clare and I’m a WIne Writer – and now a wine Entertainer! Bringing fun to a glass (or two)

When I started this blog I was using it only to share the wine columns which were published in the Liverpool Post. How times change.

Now I’ve switched careers – I’m still a journalist and I still write a wine column (which is syndicated across about 20 UK regional newspapers*) … but now I’m branching out into running wine tastings and events.

What happened? How did I head down this journey of 30 years in journalism and then a left turn into sharing the love in events and tastings?

This is how.

I caught the wine bug when I visited  Chablis on a press trip and was hooked. I wanted to find out more 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.

This happened next – the Features’ Editor of the Post asked me to write the wine column back in 2012 – but even though I liked wine, I definitely didn’t know enough to write about it with confidence so I enrolled on a couple of courses.

WSET certified Level 3 - Wines & Spirits

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’ve now signed up for the online WSET diploma.

So here we are.

One Foot in the Grapes hosts my wine blog  (obviously) and my experience of drinking other things too (quite rightly).

It will also be about my events –  I’m just starting out. As of now (June 2017) I’m  shaping the future and its looking very exciting. Come back soon and I’ll tell you more.

It’s funny how wine has totally changed my life. Who’d have thought it.

I bloody love wine. That’s about it really. It’s not rocket science.

I used to write a blog claretsgirl.co.uk

Mainly about mum and dad. But when dad died it seemed fitting that the final post on that blog would be about his funeral.  I didn’t want to go back to it.

The blog was named after my Twitter handle –  @claretsgirl – which was born from being a fan of Burnley FC. The claret reference re: wine is purely coincidental. Though now it looks as if it was planned #cleverme

* These newspapers are just some which print my musings:

Liverpool Echo
South Wales Echo
Daily Post Wales 
Huddersfield Examiner
The Chronicle, Newcastle 
Teesside Evening Gazette 
Birmingham  Mail
Coventry Telegraph 
Paisley Daily Express
Hull Daily Mail
Bristol Post 

Cambridge News
Nottingham Post

 (Page last updated June 2017)