I SEE U, Episode 74: I Heard It Through A Great Wine

Wine trailblazer, Jennifer McDonald, is the owner of Wichita’s first urban winery—Jenny Dawn Cellars, an award-winning boutique establishment that she says creates a community ambiance of bringing people together despite the wine industry’s lack of diversity and inclusion.


Jenny Dawn Cellars Founder and Owner, Jennifer McDonald


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There is a movement happening that consists of Black and Brown entrepreneurs embracing the craft of the winemaking process. But the wine industry, including suppliers and distributors, may not be so open to embracing, much less investing in these businesses—especially with an industry that has curated an image historically of White gatekeepers. Jennifer McDonald, the founder of Wichita's first Black-owned wine company, admits to I SEE U that wine professionals of color have largely been excluded from access to finance – a major component that impacts business longevity, visibility and continued growth. Join us as Host Eddie Robinson speaks unguarded with winemaker Jennifer McDonald of Jenny Dawn Cellars, the first urban winery of Wichita, Kansas. A wine connoisseur and educator herself, McDonald shares insight and perspective into what more can be done to support Black wine entrepreneurs when many of them are stereotyped, profiled or even overlooked in this traditionally exclusive industry.


This article is part of the I SEE U with Eddie Robinson podcast

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Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson

Executive Producer & Host, I SEE U

A native of Mississippi, Eddie started his radio career as a 10th grader, working as a music jock for a 100,000-Watt (Pop) FM station and a Country AM station simultaneously. While Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus had nominated him for the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991, Eddie had an extreme passion...

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