DWWA 2013 Bordeaux Judging Panel
After completing a degree in modern languages at Cambridge, Clare Tooley began her wine life in London in 1995 with John Armit Wines, before moving to Laithwaites (Direct Wines) in 200, where she has worked ever since. Clare started out at the Direct Wines Group as a wine buyer, founding their international wholesale division, and in 2006 she moved to Bordeaux with her family to manage Laithwaites’ French operations, and subsequently the Group’s Wine Club interests in Germany and Switzerland. Currently, Clare is still based in Bordeaux, where she is the Director of the Group’s winemaking facility in the region, Le Chai au Quai, although she continues to travel extensively in a sales capacity promoting the group’s exclusive range of wines to the international wine trade. Clare is also a first year student in the Master of Wine programme.