One Foot In The Grapes

Wine Education & Events Across the North West

Welcome to One Foot In The Grapes, run by Liverpool-based wine journalist Jane Clare, offering wine events and education throughout the North West of England.

On this site you’ll find updates of events and Wine & Spirit Education Trust study programmes. Discover how to gain a qualification in wine or simply how to contact One Foot in the Grapes to plan your own personalised wine event.

Jane’s stories about wine and drinks publish in over 30 UK regional newspapers every week. You can find some here on the blog.

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WSET study with One Foot in The Grapes

Jane, founder and director of One Foot In The Grapes, is an endorsed educator offering wine lovers across Merseyside (and further afield) the chance to formally increase their wine know-how with WSET courses. 

WSET stands for Wine & Spirit Education Trust.  It is the global leader in wine education programmes. It offers standardised courses all over the world run by local education centres such as One Foot in the Grapes.

WSET qualifications are recognised as the international standard. They are designed for those who are just starting out in their careers, and for wine enthusiasts  who would like some formal wine knowledge. 

The lockdown restrictions have limited the courses but One Foot in the Grapes has now added online courses as a study option. To find out more, contact us or read on! 

One Foot in the Grapes offers people the opportunity to study towards: 

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

This is a beginner level introduction to wine. If you’re an enthusiast or you want a career in wine or the hospitality industry, then this award is a great start.

You don’t need to know anything about wine to set off down your wine study journey with the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. This course delivers the perfect introduction to the world of wine.

You’ll discover the main types and styles of wine and some simple guidance on food and wine pairings. You’ll also learn the basic skills of describing wines accurately which will help you understand the wines you enjoy.

This award is a good platform if you’re an enthusiast or you want to study further.

Check out the latest list of wine course dates here

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is perfect for beginners who want to develop their interest in wine. It is also ideal for people who want to build on the knowedge gained in the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines.

The course will expand your knowledge of the main grape varieties of the world, the regions they grow, and the wine style they create.

You’ll explore the factors which make a difference to the style and quality of wines, and you’ll learn how to describe them.

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines will develop both your tasting skills and theory.

Check out the latest list of wine course dates here

Local wine events with One Foot in The Grapes

Enjoying wine is all about being sociable. That’s why One Foot in the Grapes runs regular events, welcoming you and your friends and family to turn up, have fun, and try new wines in a room full of laughs (and usually a glass of bubbles or two)!

We’ll help you discover wines in an informal way with the people you care about.

Unfortunately, given the COVID-19 situation, we’re currently not running any in-person events.  

Head to our events page to discover about the types of events Jane runs when the world is functioning normally. Look out for details and sign-up options for online tastings to keep us all happy throughout the lockdown.

Testimonials for One Foot In The Grapes

Had a brilliant night at Jane’s fizz and cheese night. One foot in the Grapes was a fabulous host and kept us entertained and educated all night.

Kelly - Ladies' Fizz Night

A fabulous afternoon. Jane makes wine-tasting fun and not stuffy and posh!


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