About Jane Clare
Journalist, Writer, Blogger
By a twist of fate, I found myself on a very enjoyable road discovering wines, tasting them, writing about them, and learning about them. I now share my love of this adventure by running wine events in Liverpool and beyond.
In 2011 I caught the wine bug when I visited Chablis on a press trip and the rest, they say, is history! I was hooked.
My desire to discover more about wine led me to launch the column ONE FOOT IN THE GRAPES in the Wirral News, which I edited at the time, with the emphasis on learning about wine.
The lovely Gray Simpson, (now wine, spirits, and beer buyer for Whitmore & White in Heswall, Wirral) was my mentor at that early stage, and he gave me the encouragement I needed to follow my new found passion.
In 2012 I was asked to write the wine column for the Liverpool Post. I then turned One Foot In The Grapes into a blog, which helped me create and then share my columns for The Post (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, meaning my wine columns now adorn the pages of 26 regional newspapers spanning England, Wales, and Scotland.
At the beginning of my journey, I needed more confidence and knowledge, so I enrolled on courses with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.
Studying at the Liverpool Wine School under the brilliant Dan Harwood, I received a DISTINCTION at Level 2 exam and a MERIT at Level 3.
Jane expresses her love of wine in her drinks columns, printed in 26 syndicated, regional publications across the UK.
From the best value wines on the shelves, to big stories in today’s world of wine, you can read her musings from Sevenoaks to Newcastle!
Her weekly article can be found in the following local newspapers…