Claire Hennesy

Claire is a New York-based communications & marketing consultant in the Italian wine and travel space. After living in Italy for ten years working first in gourmet travel experiences and then for a public relations firm specializing in food, wine, and luxury hospitality, Claire returned to New York in 2015 and worked  as the Italian specialist first at a wine & food focused PR agency and then at renowned importer VINTUS. She now creates integrated marketing, communications, and partnership campaigns for fine wine clients including boutique icons Le Macchiole and Petrolo, and for the burgeoning luxury travel project of renowned importer Neal Rosenthal.

What sommeliers want now: Wine & Spirits Magazine and Top Sommeliers on Italian wine trends in the US

What do current wine industry leaders look for in Italian wine as they expand their wine lists? Josh Greene, Publisher of Wine & Spirits Magazine, and Stephanie Johnson, the publication’s Italian Editor, will discuss this and more with three of the most respected sommeliers in the US today. The session will cover a range of topics, including the categories that sell without any effort on the part of sommeliers; the categories that fascinate them but don’t ever sell; the categories for which they have successfully found wine-list presentation, pairings, or other tools to interest diners in trying something new. The session will also include a simulation one of the Wine & Spirits tasting panels, giving audience members valuable insights into how a leading publication talks about the wines they taste and score.