The Black Wine Guy Experience
You're Gonna Make It After All: Kelly Mitchell's Journey from Finance to Fine Wine.
MJ’s guest is wine specialist and salesperson, consultant, and educator, Kelly Mitchell. Kelly was named on Wine Enthusiast’s 2021 40 Under 40 Tastemakers list, and named a “Rising Black Voice in Wine” by Wine & Spirits Magazine, appearing on its October 2020 cover. Kelly is a sales representative for Skurnik Wines & Spirits.
In 2016, Kelly founded her consulting company, Kelly Mitchell Wine to focus on the wine needs of consumers. She has been an event sommelier at the James Beard House. In April 2020, Kelly launched Kelly Selects, in partnership with online wine retailer, Wired for Wine. She is currently completing her WSET Level 3 Advanced in wine education from the International Wine Center. Kelly is a member of Black Wine Professionals and a mentor for Wine Unify. She has been featured in Sevenfifty Daily, Cosmopolitan, Martha Stewart Living, Forbes, Wine Enthusiast, NBC News, Vine Pair and has appeared as a guest on several podcasts.
On this episode, MJ and Kelly don’t only enjoy a beautiful bottle of German Riesling but discuss Kelly’s childhood in Somerset, New Jersey; college life at Spellman and Stanford, and what’s going on in the wine industry today: the celebrity culture around wine, the importance of exploring wine via tasting, and mentorship in the wine industry, including the work she has done and continues to do for Wine Unify. Settle into this fun episode of reminiscing and love for wine. Period. Cheers!
A huge thank you to Kelly Mitchel!
Follow her on IG at @kellymitchellwine
Get more of Kelly Mitchell at https://www.kellymitchellwine.com/
This episode’s in studio wine:
Von Winning Grainhubel Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2018
Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers!
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