“I am a well-dressed, well-spoken, educated Black woman. And when I walked through the doors of wineries, I wasn’t even greeted,” McDonald recalled. “I wasn’t even spoken to, said hello to, or made to feel welcome in their establishment as a paying customer.”
The slight was one of many reasons that propelled McDonald to create her own wine business and offer the kind of white-glove service all patrons should expect. Jenny Dawn Cellars has 14 handcrafted wines, all made and bottled onsite including a Union Station Chardonnay, Black Locomotive Crimson Cabernet, Red Caboose Dry Rosé, and Semi-Sweet White. Her wine and education class — cleverly dubbed Winuecation — allows patrons to sample six global wines paired with three appetizers.
“I always go out of my way to be very approachable and down to earth and make the experience fun.”