• 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 and designs educational class formats

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    Wine Handbags

    Designed and retails a leather wine handbag with an insulated pocket

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    Podcast

    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.

  • PODCAST

    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 2 episodes each month. Recent guests include:

     

    Episode 125 - Nicole Alvarez, Head Sommelier and Beverage Director at The Alden

     

    Episode 126 - Dan Kosta, President & Founder of Convene Wines and DK Wine Group

     

    Episode 127 - Ashley Buzzy, Owner and Artist of Press Shop

     

    Episode 128 - WInemaker Rajat Parr, Phelan Farm

     

    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

  • UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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    Sip & Style: A Fashion & Wine Pairing Summer Showcase

    Sunday, June 9th 1:00-3:00pm

    @ The Epicurean Atlanta Hotel

    Join us for the FOURTH session of our signature wine, food, and fashion showcase in partnership with P. Sherrod & Co. that will captivate all the senses! Guests will explore five unique pairing combinations with fashion ensembles featuring local Atlanta designers in a guided tasting and fashion show format. Wine education will be the backbone for this journey of unique pairings and artistic discovery. Guests will have a chance to meet the designers and shop the looks after the tasting portion of the event.

     

    TICKETS: $65/person

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    Can it Kirkland?

    Tuesday, June 11th 7:00-8:30pm

    @ The Oenophile Institute in Smyrna, GA

    In this session, we're diving deep into the world of Kirkland Signature wines and putting them to the test against their "supposed" label counterparts. But are these wines truly on par with their higher-priced, brand-name equivalents? We will cover the backstory behind Kirkland Signature wines, their sourcing strategies, and what sets them apart in the competitive world of private label wines. We will also examine whether Kirkland wines offer comparable quality to their more expensive counterparts, or if you're just paying for the label....

     

    TICKETS: $45/person

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    Blind Tasting: Pinot Noir

    Saturday, June 15th, 4:00 - 6:00pm

    @ Limoges Cellars in Cleveland, GA

    June's tasting class up in North Georgia will feature Pinot Noir. We will taste 3 warm-climate Pinots next to 3 cool-climate Pinots to compare how growing locations can impact the flavors and expression in wine. Each class enjoys an ample charcuterie spread. Class participants also receive 10% off purchases the day of class.

     

    TICKETS: $50/person

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    The "Unusual Suspects"

    Blind Tasting Competition

    Monday, June 24th 6:30-9:00pm

    @ The Oenophile Institute in Smyrna, GA

    Are you ready to put your taste buds to the test and take a walk on the wild side? Join us for the second annual blind tasting competition like no other. Seven wines will be poured, each from a variety or region that is on the fringe of testable (or not at all) according to CMS and WSET. The competition will be graded on a point system with one point for each of the following: climate, country, region, variety, and vintage. All attendees and competitors will taste all 7 wines. Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place finishers!

     

    TICKETS: $55/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 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 consists Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon wines produced by winemaker, Justin Seidenfeld.

     

    MEMORIAL DAY MAGNUM OFFERING 

    Get a magnum of the 2022 Ross Knoll Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir for $100 plus taxes and $20 shipping - buy two or more for FREE GROUND SHIPPING

     

    MEMBERSHIPS

    The Ross Knoll team introduced a membership program in 2023 that gets the first offer of our allocations. We are offering 2 membership levels: Premier Cru and Grand Cru. The Grand Cru membership includes "The Sonoma Wine Experience" in collaboration for 4 Sonoma wineries.


    Shipping to 11 states: CALIFORNIA, OREGON, WASHINGTON, MINNESOTA, NEW JERSEY, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW YORK, ILLINOIS, FLORIDA, VIRGINIA, and GEORGIA. 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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  • SOCIAL MEDIA FEED

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