Union Station, the soon-to-be location of Jenny Dawn Cellars
Hi friends! My name is Lesley, and I’m the assistant winemaker and tasting room attendant with Jenny Dawn Cellars. I’ve been a part of the JDC team since April of 2017, taking some time off in 2018 for the birth of my son, Christian. Now I’m happily back in the mix and will be spending some time monthly writing our blog posts as we race full speed toward our grand opening at Union Station this August. We have so much excitement to share in these coming months, so lets get started!
Lesley Selvidge, Assistant Winemaker and Tasting Room Attendant
One of my favorite things about Jennifer and Jenny Dawn Cellars is the unique story that unfolds like a journey, winding through all aspects of our past, present, and evolving with us into the future. For the past two years we have delightfully shared our California crafted wines with you. This month I’m happy to introduce the next chapter, our Union Station Series of Kansas wines. The collection will include a dry red, sweet red, dry white, sweet white, and a fruit wine for our signature sangria. Each wine will be paired with a historical marker and unveil a story woven in to the fabric of our city and beautiful train station. Priced at $19.99, the collection will be perfectly suited as a keepsake, gift, or casual moments with friends.
As wine drinkers, we are familiar with the most well-known fine wine grapes like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or Cabernet Sauvignon. But in reality the reach of winemaking has a much broader sweep, extending well in to the thousands of grape varietals grown around the world. For Kansans, it is the Native American and Euro-American hybrids that have shown promise. These options to “think outside the box” serve Kansas winemakers well. Hybrid vines withstand our climate and prove themselves to be much hardier in the face of hostile weather conditions. Let’s get to know some of the grapes that we would like to feature in our Kansas wine series:
The beautifully named Brianna is a vine that produces greenish-gold grape clusters and when used in winemaking brings forth distinctive notes of pineapple, banana, and mango. Nicknamed the Tropical Fruit of the Midwest, this hybrid was created in 1983 in Osceola, Wisconsin. These flavors and aromas sound perfect for our long awaited sweet white wine.
Another white wine grape that we like is Traminette. First produced in 1968 at Cornell University in New York, this hybrid has Gewurztraminer in its lineage and produces full structured wines that are slightly spicy, floral, and lingering on the palate. To dial down the sweetness while providing interest, we think Traminette is a strong Kansas choice.
The most unique hybrid in this grouping is the French made Vidal Blanc. Originally created to make cognac and now unauthorized for winemaking in France (the intrigue…don’t you like it already??) Vidal Blanc is a showstopper capable of producing grapes as close as 500 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Taking the term “cold-hardy” to the next level, it has swiftly become the most grown grapevine in Sweden and provides most of the Ice Wine in the world. Aromas of pineapple and grapefruit pair with tasting notes of honeydew, lychee, pineapple and mango make this interesting grape feel like a natural part of our family.
Staying in France but turning our attention to red wine grapes, Chambourcin (sham-BOOR-sen) is a French hybrid that has been commercially available since 1963. Boisterous, big, and aromatic, Chambourcin wine has presence. The grapes themselves are rich bluish black clusters of plump fruit. The wine provides notes of cherry, black pepper, earthiness, and chocolate paired with a positive responsiveness to oak and good tannic structure. For our team’s fondness of complex red wines, this one is a winner.
Rounding out our focus for the month of May is a newer red wine grape called Marquette. Created at the University of Minnesota in 2006, it boasts Pinot Noir in its parental lineage and produces a well balanced wine. It’s gorgeous ruby color and light to medium body invites you in to notes of cherry, berry, and spice on both the nose and palate. Marquette is definitely on our radar.
For us, wine has always been a connector, tethering moments between friends and family. It is complex, inviting, and alluring. We are ready to bring our affinity for high quality wine in to the Union Station Series and showcase future award winning Kansas wines alongside our California series. This parallel is what sets us apart and we are proud to be educating and serving Wichita. Cheers!
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From the vine to the bottle. We craft our wine from grapes, fruit, and juice sourced from the finest growers in the nation. From the bottle to the glass.
That’s where you come in. When you open a bottle of Jenny Dawn Cellars wine, you open your moment, your reprieve from the business of busy-ness, and your time to bloom.
Jenny Dawn Cellars is inspired by the wildflowers on the Kansas countryside, inviting you to open up, enjoy the breeze, and show your colors to the world. Just like a flower, when Jenny Dawn Cellars wine is shared with someone special, it needs no further explanation – it’s a feeling that is simply understood.
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