About Jane Clare

I’m a journalist of 30 years’ standing...well...most of them sitting, to be fair!

Jane Clare

About Jane - Journalist, Writer, Blogger, Educator

By a twist of fate, about 10 years ago I found myself on a very enjoyable road discovering wines, tasting them, writing about them, and learning about them. 
I studied for qualifications with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.
One Foot in the Grapes is now an approved programme provider, running some of the courses I once took myself. 
I’ve learned the love, I’m now passing on the love.

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. I wanted to learn about wine. Simple. 

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 are syndicated in around 30 regional newspapers across England, Wales, and Scotland.

About Jane's own WSET Journey

I wanted (and needed) more confidence and knowledge. 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.

I’m now continuing my studies on the intensive WSET diploma, a course designed for wine trade professionals. 

My wine writing has led me to being accepted into the prestigious Circle of Wine Writers alongside some of my wine heroes, such as Jancis Robinson and Oz Clarke.

About Jane's Newspaper Columns

I share my love of wine in my drinks columns, printed in multiple 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 my weekly musings from Sevenoaks to Newcastle!

I’m thankful to have discovered a subject I love and I’ve been able to share that enthusiasm in these newspapers …. 

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