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Clare Tooley MW

Clare Tooley MW

Became an MW 2021

Based in United States

Languages English, French, Spanish


Clare lives in California with her husband and two sons. She is the director of wine development for Lionstone International sourcing for national wine clubs, including the Wall Street Journal, Laithwaites, Virgin, TCM, NPR and National Geographic. She began her wine life in London with John Armit Wines after completing a French and Spanish degree and choral scholarship at Clare College, Cambridge University. Joining Direct Wines Ltd as a buyer in 2000, she moved to France in 2006. She lived near Bordeaux for eight years, managing the group’s winery and travelling extensively in North America, Europe, and Asia. Clare is a Champagne Academician (class of 2004) and has been inducted as a Chevalier of Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Champagne.

Primary area(s) of work: Wine production, Trade

Industry sector(s): Buying, Import/Export, International trade, Marketing, Sales, Wine judge

Wine region expertise: Bordeaux, Burgundy, California, Champagne, France, Oregon, South Africa, South-West France, Washington

Market expertise: Europe, France, North America

Specialisms: Wine styling, Blending, Bulk shipment, Sensory evaluation , Branding, Direct to consumer, Events, Marketing wine, TV, Wine labels, Wine judging