• Wine Media and Events Specialist

    I use wine as a platform for connecting with wine lovers, enthusiasts, novices, nerds, travelers, etc.

    Through my events, classes, and social media adventures, I 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.

  • On Air

    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.

  • Events and Bookings

    Custom events are available upon request, and all virtual tastings are available for booking directly through the Telesomm App - a new innovative platform connecting wine professionals with wine enthusiasts around the world. When you click the link below, enter your email on the app and then find the "Kelly" profile on the site - click on her portfolio to see the following events available:


    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

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

    Staying home with your Valentine this year? We've teamed up with four locally-owned ATL wine shops to give you a safe stay-at-home date night option involving wine and cheese that also gives you an opportunity to support 3 local businesses with just one purchase. From the list of options...

    @acorkintheroad     #acorkintheroad


    For questions, comments, and hopefully not concerns


    Check out the latest wine escapades

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