Kelly Mitchell


Years of Participation


Kelly Mitchell is a wine sales person, consultant, and educator. She was named on Wine Enthusiast’s 2021 40 Under 40 Tastemakers list. Kelly was also 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, a distributor of fine wine, spirts, sake, and glassware. She is based in northern New Jersey and is responsible for sharing a world class portfolio with restaurateurs and wine retailers.

In 2016, she founded her consulting company, Kelly Mitchell Wine to focus on the wine needs of consumers. Kelly consults as a wine educator on a variety of consumer driven wine topics, as a guest sommelier for wine tastings and events, and as a private consultant for wine enthusiasts and collectors. She has been an event sommelier at the James Beard House, led tastings for law firms and a variety of corporate clients. Her strength is expert food and wine pairing and she has worked with a global roster of chefs on unique and memorable dining experiences.

Kelly’s most recent endeavor is the launch of Kelly Selects, in April 2020, an e-commerce boutique in partnership with online wine retailer, Wired for Wine, where she shares her favorite wines and makes them available for consumer purchase.
Kelly has a B.A. from Spelman College. She is currently completing her WSET Level 3 Advanced and holds the WSET Level 2 Certificate in wine education from the International Wine Center. She is a new member of Les Dames d'Escoffier International, New York Chapter which is the preeminent global professional association for women leaders in the food, beverage and hospitality industries.

Kelly is a mentor for Wine Unify. Kelly was a 2020 Batonnage Forum Speaker, has been featured in articles in Wine & Spirits, Sevenfifty Daily, Cosmopolitan, Martha Stewart Living, Forbes, Wine Enthusiast, NBC News and Vine Pair and has appeared as a guest on several podcasts. When she is not working in wine Kelly enjoys cooking, group fitness classes, yoga and travel.