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You're Gonna Make It After All: Kelly Mitchell's Journey from Finance to Fine Wine.

Season 3, Ep. 48

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

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Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! 


Don’t forget to subscribe and be sure to give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.


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Follow MJ @blackwineguy 


Thank you to our sponsor: Paso Robles Wine Country. Paso Robles is a region with so many diverse microclimates that allows for a stunning array of grapes to thrive in. It’s made up of over 200 family-owned wineries, making a beautiful variety of wines.


 Learn more at https://pasowine.com/


Tune in to their podcast Where the Wine Takes You - which explores the people, places and wines of Paso Robles Wine Country! 

https://pasowine.com/where-wine-takes-you/ 



Huge shout out to our sponsor:  56 Degree Wines.  Are you looking for extraordinary new wines that have been tasted and approved by professionals with over 40 years of combined experience?  Then you have to check out 56degreewine.com.  Joe Bembry and his grand crew at the shop do all the heavy lifting for you by vetting every wine on their shelves. Authentic, Artisanal wines. 


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