Meghan Badwey Conger
In a little town, in a little house, lies a big wine experience.
Wines by Jennifer is nestled comfortably in a house located on
the shady stretch of north Main Street in downtown Parkville. In
this fanciful spot rests a wine shop like no other in Our Town.
Wines by Jennifer is a complete wine adventure, a global wine
boutique. Proprietor Jennifer Stanton is as knowledgeable as she
is friendly, and the entire shop exudes her love of wine and gourmet
food. Jennifer aims to guide people to educate themselves and explore
all that wine has to offer.
exposure to wine began before she could actually enjoy the
drink, but she grew up in a family of wine aficionados, as
parents are lovers and collectors of fine wine. When her
father politely declined Jenniferís request to buy a winery
so that she
could operate it, Jennifer decided to become involved with
wine in another way, hence Wines by Jennifer was born. Jenniferís
passion is flying (sheís been a pilot for more than 10
years.) Husband Don and son Daniel are also flyers. The family
fruits of adventure and fun are most definitely incorporated
into her wine
She is familiar with wines from many countries, including the
familiar places such as France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Chile, and
Australia. But Jennifer also likes to discover new regions of wine
production. She has sampled wines from Texas to Canada, and in
such obscure places as Austria, where the wine produced is scarce
but delicious. South Africa is also an overlooked wine-producing
country due to its political strife, but is now able to market
fantastic wines. And when asked about future hot-spots for wine
production, Jennifer mentioned Oregon and Washington as places
to watch, especially for remarkable pinot noirs. Jennifer travels
to far-flung places to continue her wine education, taking sommelier
classes, sometimes accompanied by her husband, Don.
In addition to a venerable variety of wine, Wines by Jennifer
offers gourmet foods, tampenades and spreads, flavored oils and
vinegars, cheeses, and a variety of breads and crackers, among
other delicious delectables. These treats are available to take
home and enjoy with a bottle, or can be appreciated as appetizers
during a tasting.
And the tastings are a treat! Each room of Jenniferís shop is
decorated with its own theme, and tasting areas with chairs and
small tables are located in each place. The rooms are cozy yet
sumptuously designed and awash in comfort. One area is decorated
in rich, deep tones, accentuated with leather chairs. Another is
designed as a delightful patio, nuanced with natural light and
bistro tables where wine and snacks may be enjoyed. The lower level
functions as a tasting area, with private areas carved out of the
space and made spectacular with displays of original art, including
painting and sculpture. The third floor is awash with warm colors
and accented by wine glasses, wine charms of many varieties, and
accent pieces varying from gorgeous glassware to travel trunks.
Each room has a distinctive personality; itís as though you are
making a new acquaintance with each place.
Whether you choose to sit at a bistro table, on a wooden bench
pulled up to a ceramic table, or on the pleasing outdoor patio,
there will be paper and little pencils for you to record your tasting
notes. Your education will continue as you read the colorful maps
that reside on the various walls, explaining the variety of wine
growing and producing regions around the world. And of course,
Jennifer and her educated and friendly staff are on hand to answer
questions, offer advice on selections, and completely enhance your
tasting experience. The shop caters to wine novices and connoisseurs,
and every level in between.
Wines by Jennifer is also an interactive shop, offering monthly
cooking classes focusing on creating wonderful dishes using wine
in the recipes. Fabulous foods such as chocolate truffle molten
wine cakes, Spanish tapas cooked with wine, beef tenderloin with
a merlot reduction sauce, and lobster served with sherry are just
a few of the samples of the tremendous treats you can create in
Jenniferís culinary classes.
If you know a wine lover in your life, Wines by Jennifer is the
perfect place to unearth unique and exquisite gifts. In addition
to selecting the consummate wine, there are many wonderful accompanying
gift ideas. Wine charms of all styles, including fuzzy and furry
ones, are available for sale. The gourmet foods make sensational
gift basket offerings. Lovely glass and metal tableware pieces
are offered, with cute and colorful kitchen aprons decorated with
clever phrases, and even cigars for the tobacco toter you know.
Wines by Jennifer is the perfect locale to experience a true winery
tasting without leaving KayCee. No longer do you have to travel
to California or other locales to experience the ambience and excitement
of a genuine wine tasting. There is always wine to pour for tastings
with no appointment necessary. Stop by the shop between noon and
eight p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Every moment the shop is open
is a wine tasting opportunity, a chance for learning and living
your love of wine.