Claudia is the On Premise Channel Sales Manager for Heaven Hill Brands in Virginia. She is a native Kentuckian who was captivated by people, travel and culture at a young age. She was drawn to wine & spirits as a means to link all of her interests into one. Having lived abroad in both Germany and Spain, she travels whenever she gets the chance and enjoys connecting with people around the globe. After graduating from the University of South Carolina, she spent several years working in both on and off premise wine distribution sales in North Carolina and DC before moving into spirits sales with Heaven Hill. Claudia holds the WSET Diploma in Wines, WSET Level 3 in Spirits, CWE and CSE from the Society of Wine Educators, and Certified Sommelier titles. She recently completed the WSET Educator Training Program and currently teaches WSET Level 2 & 3 in Wines at Capital Wine School in Washington DC. She is an avid member of the DMV wine & spirits community and a Stage 1 Master of Wine candidate.
Thank you to Gallo and Women of the Vine & Spirits for the support and empowerment they are giving to women across the industry. Lifting others up on their pursuits of knowledge and growth is hugely impactful, and I am so grateful to have been selected for a Fuel Your Dreams award to help further my own wine & spirits education journey. I've just been accepted to the Master of Wine program and will be using these funds towards the Stage 1 of the MW!