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.
Posts and tweets to tell stories from wine adventures and educational experiences
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
"If I'm shining, everybody gonna shine"
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.
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.
Season 5 is already off to a great start...
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
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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
Available for reporting assignments and media bookings