Wineucation, the Podcast: Wine Ratings - Jenny Dawn Cellars

Wineucation, the Podcast: Wine Ratings

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Winuecation is no longer just a wine tasting and education class held the 3rd Tuesday of every month, with the opportunity to try 6 different wines from across the globe which are perfectly paired with 3 appetizers. Now, it’s also an informative podcast where listeners can get an in-depth look into not only Jennifer McDonald’s experiences as the Founder and CEO of Jenny Dawn Cellars, but also the opening and inner workings of the first urban winery in Wichita, Kansas. Joined by her two employees Gabriela and Kale, Wineucation will explore the ups and downs of business, diversity, and the life of a wine lover. Be sure to listen every week on Spotify, Anchor FM, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Overcast, Pocket Cast and Radio Public Podcasts.

On this week’s episode of the podcast, which you can listen to here, we discussed wine rating systems and what the point scores you see when shopping for wine mean. While some prefer to only trust that point score at the store, others use apps like Vivino, an app with over 30 million users to see what fellow wine drinkers think about different wines. You can even find Jenny Dawn Cellars wines on those apps.

With the ability to scan a bottle’s front label on the app to pull up more information on specific wine, Vivino is the most popular wine reviewing app on the market. Users are able to review any wine, with the option to also include photos on the review. The rating scale is up to five stars, with our 2016 Chardonnay is rated 4.8 for example. The main draw back of Vivino is that it is still based on the personal opinions of the public, many of whom have no experience in judging wines.

Conversely, there are many different organizations that rate wine on a scale from 50-100, with Robert Parker, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine Spectator being arguably the most trusted reviewers. Robert Parker’s rubric scores wines based on the categories of color and appearance, aroma and bouquet, flavor and finish, and the potential for evolution and improvement -aging- the wine.

When using the 100 point scale, Wine Spectator categorizes anything between a 50-74 as Not Recommended, 75-79 as Mediocre: a drinkable wine that may have minor flaws, 80-84 as Good: a solid, well-made wine, 85-89 as Very Good: a wine with special qualities, 90-94 as Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style, and finally 95-100 as Classic: a great wine.

The Jenny Dawn Cellars 2016 Chardonnay that has a 4.8 rating from Vivino received a score of 92 from the New World International Wine Competition, netting our founder and CEO Jennifer McDonald a silver medal. Additionally, her 2016 Pinot Noir received a score of 86, also earning her a bronze medal.

To learn more about the four other wine apps Jenny discussed as well as what makes Jenny Dawn Cellars White Wine Blend so special, be sure to give this episode a listen! Don’t forget to also subscribe, rate, and share with friends!


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From California to Kansas. In 2017, we started our brand by crafting wines from the finest growers in California. In 2019 and beyond, we are sourcing and growing our grapes locally in Kansas to make our wines at an urban winery.

From a rural vineyard to an urban winery. We are bringing the winemaking experience from a rural setting into the urban core of downtown Wichita. Jenny Dawn Cellars at Union Station is a place where your moments are minutes away. It is your reprieve from the business of busy-ness, and your time to bloom.

Jenny Dawn Cellars is inspired by the significance of rail transportation that Union Station provided to the Wichita community. The terminal building had its magnificent grand opening in 1914 and the elegance of the art nouveau architecture is timeless. Over a hundred years of moments were created within this space. We invite you to our winery at Union Station to be a part of future moments with us.

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Posted in News by Jennifer McDonald on October 17, 2019.

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