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Recently published book lists Jenny Dawn Cellars among “100 things to Do in Kansas Before You Die”

Just released this summer is “100 Things to Do in Wichita Before You Die” by Vanessa Whiteside of the travel blog One Delightful Life. It’s a great guide to where to eat, explore and find hidden gems when you visit the heart of the country. If you want to expand your travels outside of Wichita, check out “100 Things to Do in Kansas Before You Die” by Roxie Yonkey of Roxie on the Road or “100 Things to Do in America by Bill Clevlen of Bill on the Road. From new places like Jenny Dawn Cellars to staples like Old Cowtown Museum,” all three books highlight unique places to visit in Wichita.

To read the entire Visit Wichita article about Wichita’s history hotspots and foodie destinations, check out the blog post here.

Four Courses for July 4th

In years past on July 4th across the United States, friends and families would gather in parks and yards, on decks and patios, poolside and beachside, to celebrate Independence Day and enjoy traditional July 4th dishes. With the coronavirus ever-present some people may opt-out of large gatherings that would have taken place and opt for smaller get-togethers. If you are looking to switch up your typical barbecue, burgers, and hotdogs for something unique, fun, and out-of-the-box, we have the perfect four-course meal for you. These recipes come straight out of  Wineucation the Cookbook, written by our founder Jennifer McDonald. It can be purchased on our website or in the winery.

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Winemaker Jennifer McDonald participated in panel discussion about wine business funding, financing and distribution

The Association of African American Vintners celebrated 20 years of education, legacy, and unity at their symposium in May held in Napa and Oakland, CA. The three-day symposium included panel discussions, wine tastings, speakers, and fundraising dinner, and a wine festival that was open to the public and featured wines made by members of the association.

The symposium video has now been released by Wine Enthusiast. There is a lot of valuable content in the recordings. According to the “Why You Should Watch” section of the blog post, “delving deep into the efforts being made for diversity and inclusion in the wine industry, [viewers] will get a glimpse of the challenges and resilience of Black winemakers and other industry professionals creating pathways to success.”

Jenny Dawn Cellars winemaker and founder Jennifer McDonald participated in the first panel discussion titled “Funding Your Wine Business, Financing & Distribution for Your Wine Brand.”

View all the symposium videos here.

CORE partners with Jenny Dawn Cellars in JuneteenthICT Celebration

CORE (Community Operations Recovery Empowerment Inc.) is a non-profit community engagement and leadership development organization that partners with several community organizations every year to host the official JuneteenthICT Celebration in Wichita.

The JuneteenthICT theme in 2022 is Our Journey Matters! and events range from a parade and scholarship pageant to youth history trails and a gospel music concert. JuneteenthICT festivities take place as early as June 3, though the official Juneteenth weekend of events is June 17-20, with most events happening at the historic McAdams Park, 1329 E. 16th St. N. Entry for the weekend of events is $5 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 5-12.

June 12-19: JuneteenthICT Cocktail Week sponsored by The Monarch

Support the 2nd annual JuneteenthICT cocktail week, June 12-19, by purchasing a signature Juneteenth cocktail at select locations where a percentage of proceeds will support the JuneteenthICT scholarship pageant that uplifts African American/Black youth seeking post-secondary education. Watch the JuneteenthICT social media channels for a list of locations, which will include The Monarch and Jenny Dawn Cellars, among others. On June 18, Jenny Dawn Cellars is re-releasing the Blackberry Passion wine and offering a special Old Fashioned cocktail made with its Red Caboose wine and Black-owned Uncle Nearest whiskey. 20% of the proceeds from the sale of the Old Fashioned cocktails will go back to JuneteenthICT.

To learn more about all of the Juneteenth activities and promotions going on this year in Wichita, read the full article here.

Juneteenth: Celebrating the ending of slavery in the United States

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official on January 1, 1863.

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6 Black Winemakers and Wineries to Visit

It’s critical to support the Black winemakers and wineries who have broken through in the industry

You give bottles of wine as housewarming gifts. You catch up with a friend over a nice vintage. You saw your neighbors (and maybe yourself) ordering the sweet nectar by the case-loads during the pandemic. There’s no denying that wine goes with nearly every occasion which is why the wine business is so lucrative. In fact, Grand View Research predicts that the wine industry will be worth $685.99 billion by 2028. But, Black-owned wineries make up less than one percent of the industry according to Wine Industry Advisor (WIA).

Wine might come in all colors but its makers are overwhelmingly white, and that’s something that needs to change. Difficulty accessing financial capital is a top reason Black winemakers and wineries struggle to get businesses up and running, says the WIA. Racism and bias is another big one. That’s why it’s critical to support the Black winemakers who have broken through in the industry. Here are Black winemakers and wineries to get your vino from.

Jenny Dawn Cellars

Jennifer McDonald of Jenny Dawn Cellars didn’t just break into a white-dominated industry – she even did so in an unexpected location. Jenny Dawn Cellars is an urban winery in Wichita Kansas located in historic Union Station. As of 2022, the winery offers 22 handcrafted wines (shop here). They have a variety of sweet summery wines like their 2019 Rose Wine (a watermelon wine) and their Wichita Passion (a Blackberry wine). The winery itself offers a monthly educational class on vino called Winuecation.

Read the full Madame Noire article here.

Jenny Dawn Cellars named among Outdoor Patios in Wichita

Wichita sees an average of more than 220 days of sunshine per year and is home to more than 1,200 restaurants. What better way to enjoy the delightful weather during the warmer months and a meal than outside on a patio? Wichita boasts a variety of outdoor patio options at both casual and fine dining establishments, bars, breweries, and more! Review our list to choose the perfect patio option for your occasion.

Jenny Dawn Cellars also recently expanded its patio, offering an outdoor location for patrons to mingle and unwind. The winery opened in 2019 in Wichita’s historical and recently restored Union Station where it boasts a tasting room, event venue and on-site wine production. The winery crafts its own wines on-site, working with grapes and juices from growers in Kansas and California.

Read the full article here.

Twelve Kansas State University alumni selected as 2022 Alumni Fellows

Twelve accomplished Kansas State University alumni have been selected as the 2022 Alumni Fellows and will address students and faculty in classes and receptions April 20-22 during the 2022 Alumni Fellows week.

Alumni Fellows return to discuss current business and industry trends and to meet with students and faculty. The program is sponsored by the K-State Alumni Association, the Office of the President and the Deans’ Council.

“The Fellows were chosen based on their high levels of professional accomplishment and distinguished service in their respective careers,” said Andrea Bryant Gladin, K-State Alumni Association assistant vice president of alumni programs and organizer of the Alumni Fellows program.

Jennifer McDonald, is the founder and CEO at Jenny Dawn Cellars, Wichita, Kansas, for K-State’s Global Campus. McDonald earned a master’s degree in agribusiness through K-State’s Global Campus in 2016.

Read about all of the 2022 Alumni Fellows here.

Building You: Jennifer McDonald of Jenny Dawn Cellars on KWCH

Jenny Dawn Cellars is hiring for their soon-to-be expanded space at 703 East Douglas Avenue, in downtown Wichita.

“We look for people who are positive, outgoing, upbeat, and enjoy engaging with our customers,” said Jennifer McDonald, founder and head winemaker of Jenny Dawn Cellars.

In 2020, McDonald opened the first urban winery in Wichita in the historic Union Station.

“My family has been a part of this journey from the very beginning. It’s been a whirlwind of a journey since then,,” said McDonald. “We’re excited to be growing our footprint and grow our case volume.”

To see the news segment and read the rest of the article, click here

Jenny Dawn Cellars among Oprah’s list of Black-Owned Wineries in the U.S. and around the world

Out of the more than 11,000 wineries based in the U.S., less than 1 percent of those are Black-owned or have a Black winemaker. Within the past couple of years, there’s been a push toward purchasing from Black-owned businesses, which has bolstered awareness and shined a spotlight on the benefit of increasing diversity.

From sophisticated red blends to sparkling bubbly, plus delicious whites and other varieties, businesses such as B. Stuyvesant, Theopolis Vineyards, and Maison Noir are among the handful of Black-owned wineries producing some of the finest wines in the world—while paving the way for aspiring winemakers.

To read the full article and list of black-owned wineries, click here.