The story of One Foot in the Grapes

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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?


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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.

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’m now studying for the WSET diploma which is a two-year course for wine professionals. Errrrm. It’s challenging!! I’m also a member of the Circle of Wine Writers.

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.

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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.

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* The Drinks’ column is syndicated across these Trinity Mirror Regional titles  
Hull Daily Mail – Tuesday
Western Mail – Tuesday
Brentwood Gazette – Wednesday
Uxbridge Gazette – Wednesday
South Lincs Target Group – Wednesday
Canterbury Times (Series) – Wednesday
Retford & Worksop Times – Thursday
Dover Express Series – Thursday
Folkestone Herald Series – Thursday
Buckingham Advertiser – Thursday
Essex Chronicle -Thursday
Herts Mercury Series – Thursday
Birmingham Post – Thursday
Sevenoaks Chronicle – Thursday
Harlow Star Series – Thursday
Kent & Sussex Courier – Friday
Croydon Advertiser Series – Friday
Ealing Gazette – Friday
Grimsby Telegraph – Saturday
Stoke Sentinel – Saturday
Cambridge News – Saturday
Leicester Mercury – Saturday
Derby Telegraph – Saturday
Nottingham Post – Saturday
The Herald (Plymouth) – Saturday
The Huddersfield Examiner – Saturday
South Wales Echo – Saturday
Paisley Daily Express – Saturday
Liverpool Echo – Saturday
Coventry Telegraph – Saturday
Warwickshire Telegraph – Saturday
Teesside Gazette – Saturday
Newcastle Chronicle   – Saturday
Daily Post Wales – Saturday
The Journal (Newcastle) – Saturday

Birmingham Mail – Saturday

+updated August 2017

 

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Claymore Wines: I take a deep breath and mix Liverpool Football Club with pleasure

Many moons ago, when Twitter was just invented, there used to be loads of social gatherings called “tweet ups”. I don’t know if they still exist, but essentially people who often tweeted each other would meet in person. I remember meeting a chap who was clearly disappointed that he was following me under false pretences. …

Rías Baixas wine region: Home of the albariño grape and amazing seafood!

I put myself through some challenges my friends. In the home of the albariño grape in Rías Baixas I ate the weirdest little barnacles called percebes which cling to wave-battered rocks in the Atlantic Ocean. I ate several. Google them and know I did this for you so I could sample native albariño wines alongside. I …

Soave wine: I discover some amazing white wines in this beautiful place

I’ve come back from exploring the Soave wine region in the north east of Italy and I had no idea of the beauty of the place.  Soave wine has suffered from the image of pale, lacklustre, uninteresting Italian white wines. I urge you to think again. I’ve met the makers of my recommendations, been to the …

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    The One Foot in the Grapes wine-tasting events have had some lovely feedback. Here’s a selection. x

    We all loved the First Football Widows Fizz Club Jane, you were very informative, knowledgeable and FUN!!
    Ann-Marie – The Football Widows’ Fizz Club

    Have had a great time, very informative – and I’ve found my Christmas wine!
    Rita – The Football Widows’ Fizz Club

    Great afternoon tasting fizz and learning about the differences between cava, champagne,prosecco etc. Good tips for cheap tasty buys at local supermarkets. Very entertaining! Looking forward to the next one.
    Clare  -The Football Widows’ Fizz Club

    Fabulously entertained and beyond expectations!  Learnt lots about wine and what to look for in a wine.
    Izzy – The World of Bubbles event at The Chancery, Liverpool

    Our wine club had a brilliant evening with Jane. Good fun and informative too!
    Wendy, U3A Wine Club – Call My Bluff night, Todmorden

     

    Perfect! Amazing!
    Mark – Supermarket Peep event, Bolton 

    Learned lots of great wine facts with a lovely bunch of people. Lovely eve x
    Emma – The World of Bubbles event at The Chancery, Liverpool

    Chapeau to Jane Clare for a fabulous and convivial event. Her enthusiasm for the humble grape is entirely contagious
    Catherine – The World of Bubbles event at The Chancery, Liverpool

    Really enjoyed this event,  Jane was knowledgeable and entertaining
    Becky – Supermarket Peep event, Bolton 

    I don’t like wine but thoroughly enjoyed my evening tasting and learning about different flavours
    Mike  – Supermarket Peep event, Bolton 

    What a fabulous wine event at The Finishers in Bolton last night, we really enjoyed it from start to finish and I heard nothing but positive remarks all evening. Jane you’re a natural ! 
    Diane – Supermarket Peep event, Bolton 

     


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    Wine tasting packages

    Here’s a selection of One Foot in the Grapes wine tasting event packages. We’re based in Merseyside but can travel further afield.


    The Fizzics Test

    Prosecco is the in-thing, there’s no doubt, but do you know how to spot a better style of prosecco when you see it? Did you know cava and crémant are made in the same way as champagne? Do you understand the difference between a vintage fizz and a non-vintage fizz – or how to spot on a label which wines are dry, which are sweet?

    One Foot in the Grapes will lead you through a wine tasting of six different styles of fizz and we’ll select wines you’d be able to buy in supermarkets.

    From £28 per person*, includes welcome glass of prosecco
    Contact One Foot in the Grapes  for details

    • This wine tasting event can be held in your home or One Foot in the Grapes can help to plan it in  a local venue.
      (*See Ts & Cs)

    Supermarket Peep

    A jolly jaunt tasting six supermarket wines. One Foot in the Grapes will choose two fizz, a white, a pink and a red wine, and will round off proceeedings with an award-winning dessert wine. The wines – all in the shops for £10 or under – will be among the seasonally-best choices  at the time of the event. They’re good for your pocket too.

    From £25 per person*, includes welcome glass of fizz
    Contact One Foot in the Grapes for details

    • This wine tasting event can be held in your home or One Foot in the Grapes can help to plan it in  a local venue.
      (*See Ts & Cs)

    Shake up Your Senses!

    It’s really easy to keep on buying the same red wine or the same white wine … but don’t be a slave to what you know.
    I’ll encourage you to pour new flavours into your wine glass.  We can have a chat about your Wine Personality and decide if you’d prefer a red or white event; and then One Foot in the Grapes will create a tasting experience of five glasses of wine from around the world.

    Don’t be a slave to the same red wine – exploring red wines
    from  £25 per person* with a welcome glass of fizz

    Don’t be a slave to the same white wine – exploring white wines
    from  £25 per person*  with a welcome glass of fizz

    Contact One Foot in the Grapes for details

    • This wine tasting event can be held in your home or One Foot in the Grapes can help to plan it in  a local venue.
      (*See Ts & Cs)

    The Football Widows’ Fizz Club

    This is a totally flexible event by name – maybe you’re a golf widow, a beer widow or a fishing widow!! It’s a quick and easy tasting of four glasses of fizz so you can spend your time doing what YOU want to do with your friends, while others in your life enjoy THEIR hobby.

    From £20 per person*, includes welcome glass of fizz
    Contact One Foot in the Grapes for details

    • This wine tasting event can be held in your home or One Foot in the Grapes can help to plan it in  a local venue.
      (*See Ts & Cs)

    Call My Bluff

    If you have pals or workmates who fancy a bit of a challenge then Call My Bluff is for you. One Foot in the Grapes will provide five mystery wines and each will have three descriptions. Can you guess which is the correct one? You’ll divide  into teams and the winners will share a bottle of fizz and the bragging rights.

    From £25 per person*, includes welcome glass of fizz
    Contact One Foot in the Grapes for details

    • This wine tasting event can be held in your home or One Foot in the Grapes can help to plan it in  a local venue.
      (*See Ts & Cs)

    Hen night wine tasting One Foot in the Grapes

    Hen Parties / Girls’ Nights

    One Foot in the Grapes’ wine tasting events are suitable for a hen night or a girls’ night in (or out!!) with a difference.  We can also plan something around what YOU fancy.  Just get in touch.  


    Seasonal & bespoke wine tasting events

    One Foot in the Grapes hosts seasonal events for Christmas,  summer, Valentines and so on.  You can follow One Foot in the Grapes on Facebook  to keep up to date with dates as they are announced.

    If you have ideas for your own event contact One Foot in the Grapes for details and together we can plan something to tick your wine boxes.


    Discover the World of Bubbles at The Chancery

    One Foot in the Grapes hosts a fizz event for The Chancery Restaurant, Paradise Street, Liverpool. It is a showcase of The Chancery’s sparkling wines.
    Jane Clare guides you through an afternoon showcasing SEVEN styles of bubbles available to buy at The Chancery including prosecco, cava, crémant and champagne.

    • Tickets £25  for seven glasses of fizz and nibbles. Starts 2.30pm
    • Dates remaining in 2017: September 16th & October 14th.
      Ring The Chancery to book 0151 703 2200
      thechanceryrestaurant.co.uk

     


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