Kelly taught his first wine class in 1972 while pursuing dual MS and MBA degrees at Michigan State University. Since then he has continued to expand his passion for and knowledge of wines. Kelly is an enthusiastic student of the world of wine and is currently a Certified Specialist of Wine and a Certified Specialist of Spirits with the Society of Wine Educators; and a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Kelly is working towards the Certified Wine Educator degree. Areas of special interest and expertise include Italy, Germany, Greece, France, and Wine Analysis. Kelly’s passion for wine has taken him to the wine producing regions of the world including France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and California. Travel plans include Sicily, Greece, and central Europe. Kelly is also a Private Chef and teaches cooking and wine pairing at various venues in Atlanta. Along with his teaching responsibilities at The Atlanta Wine School Kelly enjoys conducting wine-focused events in private homes and event facilities. Kelly was the founder of “Con Vinum” a wholesale wine distributor specializing in fine family estate wines from around the world. Con Vinum is now part of Eagle Rock Distributing where Kelly serves as Portfolio Manager.
Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine, Certified Specialist of Spirits