Journalist, WIne Writer, Blogger, and wine events
I’m a journalist of 30 years’ standing (most of them sitting, to be fair). By a twist of fate, I’m on a very enjoyable road discovering wines, tasting them, writing about them, learning about them. I also share the love by running wine events in Liverpool and beyond.
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 Wirral News, which I edited, with the emphasis on learning about wine.
In 2012 I was asked to write the wine column for the Liverpool Post. I started the One Foot in the Grapes blog to share the Post columns (a paper which is sadly no more).
The wine column then moved into the Saturday Extra magazine, which is published in Big City newspapers across the UK, including the Liverpool Echo, Newcastle Chronicle, Birmingham Mail and the South Wales Echo.
Other titles later came along, including the Nottingham Post, Hull Daily Mail and the Cambridge News.
My learning curve thanKS to the WSET
At the beginning of my journey, I needed more confidence and knowledge, so I enrolled on 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).
I studied at the Liverpool Wine School under the guidance of Dan Harwood.
the Future: Jane Clare Wine EVENTS
I’ve branched out and run informal (or formal, if you want them) wine events in Liverpool, Merseyside, Sefton and Lancashire.
I really love wine. I want everyone to love wine. My events aren’t geeky, we always have a giggle. I once won a stand-up comedy night for goodness sake. Read what people think here.
I also write about wine as a freelance journalist and I’m hugely lucky to be invited to visit wine regions to experience, learn and then share.
Do you fancy a One Foot in the Grapes event?
If you’re in the Merseyside or Lancashire region I can come to your home, to your pub, or maybe plan a charity event for you. We can work on ideas to make your wine event exactly what you want it to be. These can be as little as £20 a head; it depends what you’d like.
It’s funny how wine has totally changed my life. Who’d have thought.
You can read my blog here.
* The Drinks’ column is syndicated across these REACH Regional titles
Stoke Sentinel – Saturday
Cambridge News – Saturday
Birmingham Mail – Saturday
+updated August 2017