• 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

    *FALL COLLECTION IS SOLD OUT ONLINE*

     

    A few handbags are still available at the following retail partners:

    1. DRNK wines in Sebastopol, CA

    2. Deep Roots Wine Market & Tasting Room in Roswell, GA

  • The Power of Partnerships

    Listed below are a few of our ongoing partnerships allowing us to work collaboratively with other brands and businesses.

    Southeast Wine Educator

    Ross Knoll Vineyard in Sonoma County

    A Cork in the Road, LLC's newest partnership is with Diane Carpenter, a SommTV Board Member and a Somm Films Executive Producer, who is bringing together a stellar team of wine professionals to support her Ross Knoll Vineyard project. This opportunity will bring us closer to our roots in wine production, and it will be so fun to be able to share these thoughtful small-production wines as part of what we can offer at events and tastings. Shipping direct to your doorstep is available to CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK, ILLINOIS, FLORIDA, VIRGINIA, and GEORGIA.

     

    The Ross Knoll portfolio currently consists of a Rosé of Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley and a White Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley with a Pinot Noir and a Cabernet Sauvignon on the way. Fermented in a neutral oak barrel with low pressure pressing immediately after picking for no color from skin contact, the White Pinot Noir is the "unicorn" of Ross Knoll's production thanks to winemaker, Justin Seidenfeld, crafting a textured, unique, and elevated white wine made from a red grape.

     

    You can Join the Mailing List, Make a Purchase, or Request a Tasting.

    Wine Pocket Handbag Designer

    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 Fall Collection is sold out for online orders, but our retail partners in Georgia and California still have some inventory available. The Summer Collection will launch in July 2022 along with several pop-up events around Atlanta.

  • UPCOMING EVENTS

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

    Friday, July 15th @ 5:30pm EST
    Atlanta, GA
     

    We are teaming up with Joe Herrig, Director of Education for Georgia Crown, to host a night of blind tasting battles featuring stunning old- vs new-world matchups. You won't want to miss this if you’ve wanting to try some new wines and compare styles from various regions. Each ticket includes 6 wines showcased throughout 3 rounds of blinded comparison and a small cheese & charcuterie spread. Attendees also will receive 10% off food at the hotel's restaurants.

     
    TICKETS: $55/person

     
    Pop-Up Sip & Shop:
    Wine Pocket Handbags

    Saturday, July 16th 2-4pm
    Roswell, GA
     
    Join us in Roswell pick up one of the 3 summer colors of the Wine Pocket Handbag we designed with P. Sherrod & Co. while Deep Roots will have tastings available to purchase. We designed this purse for wine lovers on-the-go. It is a fashionable, functional, high-quality "everyday" styled handbag that can discreetly carry a bottle of your favorite wine in its own insulated wine sleeve. Available in Black, Fuchsia, and Golden Yellow.
     
    No Tickets - Just Drop In!

     
     
    Pop-Up Sip & Shop:
    Wine Pocket Handbags

    Wednesday, July 27th 5:30-7pm
    Atlanta, GA
     
    Join us in Glenwood Park to pick up one of the 3 summer colors of the Wine Pocket Handbag we designed with P. Sherrod & Co. while 3 Parks will have a $10 tasting flight available. We designed this purse for wine lovers on-the-go. It is a fashionable, functional, high-quality "everyday" styled handbag that can discreetly carry a bottle of your favorite wine in its own insulated wine sleeve. Available in Black, Fuchsia, and Golden Yellow.
     
    No Tickets - Just Drop In!
     
  • 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

    All Season 6 episodes are available:


    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 - Erin Mason, Viticulture at Paicines Ranch in California
    6.9 - Reggie Leonard, Wine Unify Award Recipient and Virginia Wine Enthusiast
    6.10 - Henna Bakshi, TV Producer and Cooking Show Host
    6.11 - SEASON FINALE - Maurizio Zanella, Ca’ del Bosco

     

    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. Some virtual tasting options are available for booking directly through the Telesomm App - to see the virtual classes on the App, click here, enter your email on the app, and then find the "Kelly" profile.

     

    Some of our most popular tasting and event topics include:

     

    Wine vs Beer Data Dinners

     

    Custom Corporate Client Events & 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

     

    California, Oregon, or Virginia Wine Travel Planning Consultation

  • 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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