Clare Tooley, MW

Lionstone International

Clare spent the first seven years of her life in France thereby sealing her fate to love the country and its wines forevermore. Clare began her wine life in London with John Armit Wines in 1995 after earning a degree in French and Spanish at Cambridge University. She joined Direct Wines Ltd in 2000, as a buyer responsible for the Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and South African portfolios. Clare moved to Bordeaux in 2006, where she established Direct Wines’ international wholesale division and became the Director of the group’s winemaking facility in Castillon. She travelled extensively in North America, Europe and Asia in a sales capacity promoting the company’s exclusive range of wines to the international wine trade. Clare, a Master of Wine, is a Champagne Academician (class of 2004) and has been inducted as a Chevalier of Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Champagne. Clare currently lives in California and is the Director of Wine Development for Lionstone International, where she sources for several national wine clubs, including the Wall Street Journal, Laithwaites, NPR, TCM and National Geographic. Clare is also a regular contributor to Decanter.

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