About Me

helen-mcginn-profile-400x487Hello! 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 write about drinks for the Daily Mail and Waitrose Food Magazine among others. Regular TV appearances include BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen and ITV’s This Morning. 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 in February last year. My second novel, In Just One Day, followed last that summer and my third novel This Is Us will be published in September 2022.


I post regularly here on the blog with at least two wine 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 and 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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