Almost a month after receiving a double gold medal at the Asheville Wine and Food Festival, JOLO Winery and Vineyards has racked up another honor, this time winning the title of “Best in Show” from the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition at the 2016 Dixie Classic Fair for its Pilot Fog wine.
“It has been an outstanding year for the JOLO 2015 vintage offerings,” said JW Ray, owner of JOLO Winery & Vineyards.
In order to obtain the “Best in Show” honor, Pilot Fog beat out 553 other wines that were submitted from six states.
In addition, the 2015 Pilot Fog wine won the “Best Dry Red Wine” medal and the 2015 Golden Hallows wine won the Gold Medal.
The name, Pilot Fog, comes from the portion of the vineyard that the grapes are grown. Often fog from the mountain settles in that area during the early morning hours.
“The 2015 Pilot Fog is one of the smoothest, best tasting red wines that I’ve ever tasted,” Jim Collins, wine superintendent and coordinator of The Dixie Classic Fair’s wine competition, said in a statement.
The Dixie Classic Fair is located in Winston-Salem and is in its 134th year of operation.
“Our Golden Hallows was just awarded the Double Gold last month — the only white wine to win that distinction at the Asheville Wine & Food Competition. Now, Pilot Fog winning ‘Best in Show’ is just so rewarding for all of the JOLO team members who pour in their passion every day to make and serve world class wines,” Ray said.
JOLO produced its first vintage win in 2013, but didn’t officially open its doors until April 2014.
“We believe strongly that every medal, every accolade, is a testament to the love and passion we put into every bottle made here at JOLO Winery and Vineyards,” Ray said.
“It’s very special to receive the ‘Best in Show’ at the Dixie Classic Fair, knowing we competed against the best of the best,” Ray said. “It cements our decision to plant vines that thrive in this climate and the reason we selected the Cynthiana/Norton varietal which is the base of Pilot Fog.”
Cynthiana/Norton grapes are the only native United States wine grapes that were cultivated in Virginia in the 1700s and received its name from the man who popularized the variety, Daniel Norborne Norton.
Ray explained that wines made from Cynthiana/Norton grapes are called the cabernet of the Ozarks and have a rich fruit flavor.
Aila Boyd may be reached at 336-415-2210.