• Wine Media and Events Specialist

    A Cork in the Road, LLC uses wine as a platform for connecting and communicating with wine enthusiasts, novices, professionals, travelers, etc. Through designing wine events, teaching wine classes, producing audio journalism, and creating social media adventures, we help people develop skills to explore their own tastes in wine.

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    Wine Media

    Writes articles and creates digital media for wine travel and education

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    Tasting Events

    Customizes events for private clients both in-person and virtually

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    Wine Handbags

    Designed and retails a leather wine handbag with an insulated pocket

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    Interviews people shaping the Southeast wine industry and beyond

  • About

    We partner with wine retailers and restaurants to host wine dinners, classes, and tasting experiences - both in-person and virtually. We also team up with private chefs to design wine pairings for clients. Currently, we are also seeking venue partnerships for hosting our signature "Wine vs Beer Dinners" for continued data collection. If you or your organization are looking for wine event media coverage, we are available to offer promotional partnerships. And per request, we have recently agreed to accept wine samples for assessment as long as there is no endorsement expectation. CONTACT US
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    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, expanding perceptions of Port in Portugal, and discovering the diversity of microclimates in the Willamette Valley.


    After founding A Cork in the Road, LLC in 2018, she has contributed to wine and travel publications, designed multi-course wine pairing dinners for restaurants, produced 100+ episodes of the "A Cork in the Road" podcast, and partnered with retailers to create a wide variety of unique education experiences. She continues to share the joy of all things wine through custom tastings, virtual classes, and Wine vs Beer adventures.

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    Wine Pocket Handbag Designer

    with P. Sherrod & Co. in Atlanta, GA

    Partnership with P. Sherrod & Co. 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 first Fall Collection in 2021 sold out, but now after launching several new colors, we have grown to establish retail partners in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and California as well as have inventory available for sale through Wine Enthusiast Magazine.


    CONTACT US with interest in fashion event collaboration or wholesale partnership.


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

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    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.


    Recipient of The Hue Society's

    "2023 Podcast of the Year" Award


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    On Air

    We are currently producing ~3 episodes each month. Recent guests include:


    Episode 112 - Anthony Panzica, Beverage Director of The Porchetta Group



    Episode 113 - Hailey Culmone, Certified Sommelier and Wine Consultant



    Episode 114 - Jordan Smelt, Wine Director and Co-Owner of Lucian Books & Wine



    Episode 115 - Steffini Bethea, Owner of Purple Corkscrew Wine Shop and Tasting Room



    All episodes from Seasons 1-6 are also still available. Share and write us a review. You can also make a monthly contribution on Anchor's platform.

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    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
    Currently available in 3 colors:
    • Fuchsia
    • Golden Yellow
    • Black
    Our handbags are also for sale at the following retail partners:
    1. DRNK wines in Sebastopol, CA
    3. R Five Wines in Downingtown, PA
    4. Wine Enthusiast Magazine online catalog


    Join us for a ticketed wine education and exploration experience - follow @acorkintheroad for all updates and event announcements

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    Gnocchi Night Out: An Interactive Wine Dinner Benefitting the Giving Kitchen


    Wednesday, October 4, 6:30-8:30pm

    @ The Epicurean Atlanta Theatre

    Atlanta, GA


    We are teaming up with Chef Pat Pascarella to showcase the art of making traditional Italian Gnocchi during a 3-course Italian wine dinner! In this interactive class, you’ll learn the methods behind kneading the dough, tips to perfecting the ridges, and how to pair with other ingredients for a completed dish! In addition to the 3 courses of Gnocchi, guests will enjoy 4 wine tastings expertly paired and presented by A Cork in the Road. Attendees who choose to visit one of the hotel's bars or restaurants before or after the event will receive a 10% off offer. During the month of October, proceeds from Epicurean Theatre October event ticket sales will benefit Giving Kitchen’s Dining with Gratitude campaign to help raise crucial funds for food service workers in crisis!


    TICKETS: $75/person
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    À L'aveugle: A Blind Tasting Series

    at Limoges Cellars


    Saturday, October 14, 4:00-5:30pm

    @ Limoges Cellars

    Cleveland, GA


    Join us up in the wine country of North Georgia at the gorgeous, new winery and tasting room facility of Limoges Cellars for our monthly education partnership series. October's lineup will feature sparkling RED wines! Guests will learn about the process of blind tasting while analyzing 5 wines to discover your favorites - some are sure to surprise you! It's not a trick...it's a treat. And you'll be the first to taste the newest addition to the Limoges Cellars lineup! A charcuterie and cheese spread will be provided to pair with your wines.


    **Class participants will receive 10% off any bottle purchases the day of the event!**


    TICKETS: $50/person
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    The Atlanta Screening for SOMM: Cup of Salvation


    Wednesday, November 1, 7:00-9:30pm

    @ Plaza Theatre

    Atlanta GA


    We are hosting Atlanta's screening of the latest film in the SOMM documentary series! If you love movies, culture, history, and wine...you won't want to miss this special event that will also celebrate the incredible Atlanta wine community and the talented Atlanta wine professionals in this city. There are 3 ticket options, but all tickets include a glass of "welcome bubbles" (Domaine Paul Buisse Crémant de Loire NV) and access to the screening. The "We Heart ATL Wine" ticket includes a $10 contribution to educational funds that support wine education and certification endeavors for Atlanta wine professionals, and the VIP tickets include a Red Carpet pre-screening reception at Southern Belle.


    TICKETS: $35 - $100/person
  • Wine Events and Education

    We host and design wine events for retailers and restaurants - some of our most popular ticketed tasting and event topics include:


    Wine vs Beer Data Dinners


    Wine Pairing Dinners


    Palate Training and Wine Structure Workshop


    "PINKies Up" Rosé Exploration


    How to Navigate a Local Wine Shop


    Discover Small Producers of Sonoma Valley


    Discover Small Producers of Virginia


    Discover Small Producers of Willamette Valley


    Old- vs. New-World Blind Tasting


    U.S. Expressions of Classic Grape Varieties

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    Ross Knoll Vineyard Partnership


    A Cork in the Road, LLC serves at the Southeast Educator for a portfolio of wines produced in Sonoma County.

    In partnership with Diane Carpenter, a SommTV Board Member and a Somm Films Executive Producer, we support the Ross Knoll Vineyard project. This opportunity brings us closer to our roots in wine production, and it is so fun to be able to share these thoughtful small-production wines as part of what we can offer at events and tastings. The Ross Knoll portfolio currently consists of a Rosé of Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley, a White Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley, and a Russian River Pinot Noir produced by winemaker, Justin Seidenfeld.



    The Ross Knoll team introduced a membership program in 2023 because we sell out of Rosé and White Pinot Noir very quickly; therefore, all our allocations will be offered to members first going forward. We are offering 3 membership levels: I love Rosé, Premier Cru, and Grand Cru. The Grand Cru membership includes "The Sonoma Wine Experience" in collaboration for 4 Sonoma wineries. In addition to tasting with Ross Knoll's winemaker, potential Grand Cru member tasting appointments include:

    Shipping direct to CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK, ILLINOIS, FLORIDA, VIRGINIA, and GEORGIA. You can also Join the Mailing List, Make a Purchase, or Request a Tasting.

  • 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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