• Wine Media and Events Specialist

    A Cork in the Road, LLC uses wine as a platform for connecting with wine lovers, enthusiasts, novices, professionals, 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 Data

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

    Podcast

    Interviews people who are 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

    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*

     

    *FALL COLLECTION IS 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.

  • UPCOMING EVENTS

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

    Sunday, April 24th

    How to Navigate a Local Wine Shop

    @ Brookhaven Wines in Atlanta, GA

    Join us for a fun and educational wine tasting experience that will help you learn how to navigate your local wine shop. Guests will enjoy 6 wines and light snacks while learning how to find the wines you want to drink on the shelves.

     

    TICKETS: $30pp

    Saturday, May 14th

    PINKies Up Rosé Class

    Virtual Tasting 

    Hosted by Telesomm

    Learn about the winemaking styles and cultures across the wine world that produce this pink-hued thirst quencher from the comfort of your home. Tasting kits will be available for purchase and shipping to all U.S. time zones prior to the interactive online tasting.

     

    TASTING KIT + TICKET: $65pp

  • PODCAST

    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

    Season 6 began on March 16, 2022 -

    new episodes drop every Wednesday.


    6.1 - Matthew Conway, The Tippling House
    6.2 - Randi Brady, Diversified Vines and Taste the Playlist
    6.3 - Alli and Bertus van Zyl, Belong Wine Co.
    6.4 - Eduardo Porto Carreiro, Rocket Farm Restaurants
    6.5 - Kelly Hawkins, La Fête Wine Co.
    6.6 - Peter Poulos, Highland Fine Wine and 2022 ATL "Somm Smackdown" Champion
    6.7 - Alex Lopex, Burgundy School of Business MBA Student
    6.8 - TBA May 4
    6.9 - TBA May 11
    6.10 - TBA May 18
    6.11 - TBA May 25

     

    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.

     

    Wine vs Beer Data 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

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    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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