About Me

helen-mcginn-profile-400x487Hi! I’m Helen McGinn, author of The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club, an award-winning wine blog and best-selling wine book. I’m an ex-supermarket wine buyer and spent almost a decade sourcing wines around the world. I then spent the next half-decade pregnant.

I’m an international wine judge and drinks writer for Waitrose Food & the Daily Mail’s Femail magazine among others. Regular TV appearances include BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen and ITV’s This Morning as their wine expert. The Knackered Mother’s Wine Guide (an updated version of my original book) was published in February 2020 and my first fiction novel This Changes Everything was published later that year. My second novel, In Just One Day, followed in 2021 and my third novel This Is Us is out now (just saying).

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I post regularly here on the blog with wine (and sometimes cocktail) recommendations. Awards for the blog include Fortnum & Mason’s Online Drink Writer of the Year, Red Magazine’s Best Blogger and BritMums Outstanding Blog Award.

Married with three children, I live in the New Forest with too many dogs, a needy cat and I’m hopeless with a hangover.


‘Love love love this book. It doesn’t just simplify wine, it simplifies life. Essential reading’

India Knight

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