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  Jim Clarke
Professional/Personal Overview
  A trained sommelier and former wine director, as a writer I focus on wine, beer, and spirits, subjects which I approach with enthusiasm, a confident palate, and an insider's eye. I have also written about restaurants and food and am well-connected in the national restaurant scene. I am comfortable writing for the trade, connoisseurs, beginners, and anything in between.

I speak about wine and beer regularly for a variety of events as a lecturer, panelist, and moderator. I am an engaging speaker and can present material for a wide range of audiences. Examples of past clients include:

De Gustibus Cooking School
Wine Festival of Colorado Springs
International Culinary Center
StarChefs’ Chefs’ Congress
Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Wine Course
Private Corporate Events
Work Info
Editor 5 Years
Writer 10 Years
Food 10 Years
Wine, Beer, and Spirits 10 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
10 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Beverage Media (11+), Edible Manhattan/Brooklyn (6-10), Latitude News (3-5), Plate (3-5), Sommelier Journal (3-5), Wine Business International (3-5), Wine Enthusiast (3-5), World of Fine Wine (1-2), Saveur (1-2), All About Beer (1-2), Culture (1-2), Details (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
My Wines Direct (11+), American Sommelier Association (3-5), Grape Collective (3-5)
Other Work History
I was formerly a columnist for StarChefs.com (Wine & Spirits Editor), Forbes.com, and Vox Hamptons (now defunct). In addition, I served as a wine critic for Sante magazine for several years, and regularly appear as a judge at several wine competitions.
Computer Skills
Windows XP, Word, Excel, OS 10
Foreign Language Skills
Comfortable German; reading French and Italian
American Sommelier Association/Wines From Spain Rias Baixas Contest 2003
Wine, Spirits, and Cigar training from the Court of Master Sommeliers and the American Sommelier Association (multiple courses)

Masters of Music Composition, Royal Academy of Music, London, England
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near New York, NY. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
(Details Magazine, 10/1/2013)
A quick look at six up-and-coming South African wineries
(Wine Enthusiast, 12/1/2012)
A quick look at the increase in Petit Verdot plantings around the world
(All About Beer, 7/1/2012)
A look at amateur lambic blending in Belgium
(World of Fine Wine, 3/1/2012)
A long-form essay on the interaction between the social and manufacturing aspects of wine and beer that have for centuries placed the former as the drink of the upper class and the latter as a working man's drink, and how today's craft beer scene is changing that in some ways.
(Forbes.com, 3/24/2010)
A service piece: how sommeliers think about wine, and you can use that yourself to navigate the wine list
(Forbes.com, 7/31/2009)
A service piece on choosing lesser-known alternatives to popular grapes
(New York Times, 12/7/2004)
An Op-Ed on the Supreme Court case concerning interstate wine shipping
(Beverage Media, 4/1/2013)
A service piece for the trade on how to create and manage a restaurant wine by-the-glass program to maximize profits and minimize loss.
(Sommelier Journal, 1/15/2013)
A look at the current state of Chenin Blanc in South Africa
(Edible Brooklyn, 12/12/2012)
A profile of Peter Becraft, a Brooklynite who fell in love with wine and gave up city life to become a winemaker in the Finger Lakes
(Beverage Media, 9/12/2012)
A look at cider's new popularity.
(Meininger's Wine Business International, 6/1/2012)
A look at Vance Metals, a metalworking company outside Rochester, NY. The rise of Finger Lakes wine offered them the opportunity to supply tanks for the industry, so the piece looks at how the wine business creates opportunities for ancillary businesses.
(Latitude News, 1/26/2012)
A look at how American craft beers are gaining respect in Europe
(Imbibe, 3/1/2010)
Brewers collaborating on new and creative beers
(San Francisco Chronicle, 4/5/2009)
Exploring dark sakes
(San Francisco Chronicle, 11/2/2007)
New Zealand moves beyond Sauvignon Blanc to other white varieties like Riesling and Pinot Gris
Contact Info
  Jim Clarke
New York City, NY 

Tel: (917) 951-4790  
E-Mail: jimclarke.newyork@gmail.com
Website: http://