Erika Jurden is a New Jersey native wielding a passion for the wine industry. Her interest stemmed from her parents love for wine country and storytelling. As the story goes her zest for the wine industry began during childhood, with the bedtime stories her father created based on the book “Mr. Boston’s Guide to Bartending.” Upon graduating from St. Joseph’s University, Erika began her career in the restaurant industry and in promotional modeling. Utilizing the experience gained in these outlets, she joined the sales force at Capital Wine and Spirits. Looking to further her education, Erika became a Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators in 2009. Her love of selling wine and telling stories, lead her to join the Francis Ford Coppola Winery as a District Manager. In 2015 she was asked to join the prestigious group Les Dames de E’scoffier – a group of influential women leaders in food, fine beverage, and hospitality industries. When asked what her favorite bottle of wine is, she will tell you it is the one she gets to share!