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.
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. The ABV for this wine is 14%.
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Jenny Dawn Cellars Union Station White Wine Non Vintage, Kansas Say hi to my first wine from Kansas! Pale lemon in color with a cloudy yellow tint. Fruity nose of citrus, grapefruit juice, spices, sea salt, apples and light black pepper. Full bodied with medium acidity. Dry on the palate with grapefruits, lemons, apples, light peaches and spices. Medium finish with spices. This is a very easy going white wine from Kansas. A good party wine and good for the pool, too. Well balanced and spicy, with a nice mouthfeel. Feels like an Unoaked Chardonnay from California. Easy drinking and enjoyable by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Went very well with a smoked peppercorn Gruyere cheddar from Wisconsin. 13.5% alcohol by volume. 88 points. $20. . . . . . . . #chardonnay #kansas #BlackownedWinery #winewednesday #winetasting #winelover #winetime #instawine #winecountry #winelovers #wineaddict #winepairing #mywinemoment #picoftheday #winegoals #winesofinstagram #winemaker #winemaking #wineoftheday #wine #vino #vinho #wineoclock #sommlife #winedownwednesday #WednesdayMotivation #WednesdayWisdom #wednesayvibes #wineoftheday
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. The ABV for this wine is 13.5%.
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. The ABV for this wine is 13%.
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. The ABV for this wine is 13%.