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Jenny Dawn Cellars Releases Four New Vintages

Posted on June 25, 2020

Wichita, KS – June 25th 2020 - Founded in 2016 by African American sommelier Jennifer McDonald, Jenny Dawn Cellars has grown from the dream of an at-home winemaker into the first metropolitan winery in downtown Wichita, Kansas.

Her latest vintages feature varietals and fruits grown right in the heartland of Kansas. The labels are inspired by Wichita’s Lone Star train and station terminal, built in 1914. Come rain or shine for over 30 years, the Lone Star train would roar through the streets of Wichita, announcing the coming and going of its latest passengers. These wines are a nod to the tastes, cultures, unique history, and terroir of this region. The four wines below also won silver medals at the 2020 International Women’s Wine Competition in California.

Jenny Dawn Cellars Black Locomotive Crimson Cabernet 2019, Kansas - $19.99
This dry red wine was created by Jenny Dawn Cellars using locally harvested Crimson Cabernet, a newly discovered grape varietal that combines the colors and flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon with the hearty, more cold-resistant nature of the Norton grape, a native varietal to the mid-west region. The wine is a deep ruby red color with hints of purple. It is dry, medium bodied, and robust, with lush fruits of black cherry, and elderberry, as well as delicate fig, basil, and cedar spices.

Jenny Dawn Cellars Union Station Chardonnay 2019, Kansas - $19.99
Made from local Kansas Chardonnay grapes, this wine is dry, crisp, light bodied, and straw yellow in color. Fermented in stainless steel, aromas and flavors of lime peel, Asian pear, citrus blossom, and limestone are present, as well as high minerality, similar to a cool climate French Chablis.

Jenny Dawn Cellars Red Caboose Rosé 2019, Kansas - $19.99
Jenny Dawn Cellars Red Caboose Rosé is made using the saignée method from Kansas Crimson Cabernet grapes. The wine is a light ruby red in color, dry in finish, delicately fruity, and savory. Aromas and flavors of cranberry, banana, roses, and white flower blossom are present. This rosé can be enjoyed on its own or with lighter fare, and is perfect for patio sipping.

Jenny Dawn Cellars Rosé 2019, Kansas - $19.99
Jenny Dawn Cellars Rosé Wine is a unique wine made not from grapes, but ripe watermelons grown in Kansas. The wine is a beautiful salmon pink color, with a smooth finish, and sweet-tart notes. It’s aromas and flavors of honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon, dandelion, and green grass make it the perfect partner for desserts like cheesecake and white chocolate truffles.



As an African American winemaker, sommelier, and entrepreneur Jennifer McDonald experienced firsthand the lack of diversity and inclusion in the wine industry. For years, when local Kansas African Americans went to wine retailers, they couldn’t purchase a wine from anyone who looked like them. Jennifer saw the need for change, and worked to become not only the first African American commercial winemaker in the State of Kansas, but also the very first to open a metropolitan winery located in downtown Wichita.

Jennifer has a Master’s Degree in Agribusiness from Kansas State University, with her wines receiving Best in Class, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Texas International Wine Competition, New World International Wine Competition and Kansas Grape Growers and Winemakers Association. She is a part of the Pipeline Fellowship, manages a local orchard, and teaches a monthly wine class called Wineucation.

Her goal with Jenny Dawn Cellars is to inspire other young, black Americans and persons of color to follow a career in agriculture and winemaking. She has found the field of winemaking to be incredibly rewarding, and aims to continue to be impactful and meaningful with everything Jenny Dawn Cellars represents. Jenny Dawn Cellars wines are distributed in Kansas and Missouri, with plans for expansion nationwide. For more information about Jenny Dawn Cellars, please contact FK Interactive.

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