• Wine Media and Events Specialist

    A Cork in the Road, LLC uses wine as a platform for connecting with wine lovers, enthusiasts, novices, nerds, travelers, etc.

    Through wine events, classes, and social media adventures, we help people develop skills to explore their own tastes in wine.

    Wine Exploring

    Posts and tweets to tell stories from wine adventures and educational experiences

    Tasting Events

    Customizes events for private clients both in-person and virtually

    Wine vs Beer

    Researches and analyzes data insight from signature Wine vs Beer event format


    Interviews people who are shaping the Southeast wine industry and beyond

  • About

    "If I'm shining, everybody gonna shine"

    Kelly @acorkintheroad

    Founder of A Cork in the Road, LLC / Host of "The A Cork in the Road" Podcast

    Born in Minnesota, Kelly holds a Masters in Exercise Physiology and completed a study abroad program in Argentina during her undergraduate studies in Kinesiology. While pursuing her career in public health, however, she simultaneously fell in love with wine and has since accumulated 10+ years of wine industry education and experience.


    From 2011 - 2013, she worked for a South African winemaker while managing a winery in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia learning all aspects of wine production and tasting room sales. Since then, her interest in the people, places, and history of wine has taken her biking to wineries in Mendoza, exploring tasting rooms in Napa and Sonoma, learning about Gamay vines in Beaujolais, meeting with producers in Northern Rhône, studying Pinot Noir in Burgundy, and discovering the diversity of microclimates in the Willamette Valley.


    After founding A Cork in the Road, LLC in 2018, she contributed to publications about North Georgia wine country, designed multi-course wine pairing dinners for restaurants, hosted 3 seasons of the "A Cork in the Road" podcast, and partnered with retailers to create unique education experiences. She continues to share the joy of all things wine through custom tastings, virtual classes, and Wine vs Beer adventures.

  • Our Leather Handbag for Wine

    A Cork in the Road, LLC and P. Sherrod & Co. have designed a fashionable, high-quality "everyday" style purse that can discreetly carry a bottle of wine separated from other purse items for wine lovers on-the-go between errands, work events, and gatherings with friends.

    • Insulated wine sleeve (fits most standard 750ml bottles)

    • Flap closure snaps securely over the top of a wine bottle

    • Inside zip pocket plus pocket for corkscrew

    • Studded feet on bottom

    • 13.5h x 12w x 5d

    • Imported, Colombia

    Available in Forest Green, Burgundy, Mustard, Black, and Chocolate*


    *Chocolate and Forest Green are SOLD OUT

  • The Power of Partnership

    When Wine Meets Fashion


    Their partnership began in Atlanta, GA when Donna was planning a fashion show for her line of leather handbags in the fall of 2018. She found Kelly by searching online for a wine educator who could pair wines to several ensembles for the show. At the event, Kelly selected wines based on the style of each look to serve to guests as each model walked the runway. It was a sold-out success and sparked ideas for further collaboration.


    Kelly recognized a need among wine lovers for a more practical yet stylish way to carry wine bottles between events, and Donna had the skills and resources to facilitate a design and manufacturing process. Their teamwork guided each wine-loving detail and business decision that has led to the launch of their co-branded specialty handbag for wine lovers.


    The "A Cork in the Road" Podcast highlights people who are shaping the Southeast wine industry and beyond.

    Or search for "A Cork in the Road" wherever you get your podcasts.


    To honor incredible people and share inspiring stories, this podcast shines a light on those who are inspiring education and truly setting the bar in the industry. This series goes behind the wine so you can meet the distributors, retailers, educators, beverage managers, etc. who are shaping the wine market.

    On Air

    All Season 5 episodes are now available.

    5.1: Katie Rice, VinoTeca

    5.2: Winemaker Cabell Coursey

    5.3: Candace Lynn, Wine It On Me

    5.4: Sedale McCall, Untold Wine Stories

    5.5: Ryan Mullins, Certified Sommelier


    5.6: Jean-Wesley "Wes" Michel, Brand Ambassador


    5.7 : Sam Coturri, Winery Sixteen 600


    5.8: Aaron Monu and Jamila Janneh, Wine(s) for the Culture


    5.9: Cate Hatch, Southern Belle & Georgia Boy


    5.10: Amanda Kimbrough, Avant Partir


    Share and write us a review. You can also support the show directly on Anchor's platform.

  • Events and Bookings

    Custom events are available upon request - use the CONTACT tab to send us a direct message. Some virtual tasting options are available for booking directly through the Telesomm App - a new innovative platform connecting wine professionals with wine enthusiasts around the world. To see the virtual classes on the App, click the link below, enter your email on the app, and then find the "Kelly" profile.


    Flagship Wine vs Beer Dinners


    Custom Corporate Client Events


    Discover Small Producers of Sonoma Valley


    Discover Small Producers of Virginia


    Discover Small Producers of Willamette Valley


    Old- vs. New-World Blind Tasting


    Wine Shopping or Travel Planning Consultation

  • The Blog

    Introducing a new handbag designed for wine lovers on-the-go A Cork in the Road, LLC and P. Sherrod & Co. have designed a fashionable, high-quality "everyday" style purse that can discreetly carry a bottle of wine separated from other purse items for wine lovers on-the-go between errands, work...
    Discover unexpected grapes from California with A Cork in the Road, LLC Tuesday, June 8, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Deep Roots Wine Market  1055 Canton Street #100 Roswell, GA 30075 Wine geeks & novices alike will thoroughly enjoy this fun evening comparing different grape varieties that...
    The signature event designed by A Cork in the Road, LLC is back in ATL... Join us for a guided 3-course tasting exploration of wine, beer, and food pairings.  Kelly of A Cork In The Road will go up against Hop CIty's beer expert, Kraig Torres (founder and chief hophead of Hop City), for this...
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