JOLO awarded gold and silver medals

By Aila Boyd -

JOLO Winery and Vineyard recently racked up three medals at the Sommelier Challenge International Wine and Spirits Competition in San Diego, California.

The top honor that the Pilot Mountain based winery won was a gold medal for its 2015 Crimson Creek Chambourcin-based red wine.

More than 1,100 wines partook in the competition.

“We are very excited about this Gold Medal. Crimson Creek was the very first red wine that we made at JOLO in 2013. The Chambourcin grape is our second largest red grape planting on the property,” JW Ray, founder, said. “To be awarded a gold-medal by the Sommeliers in the wine competition is especially rewarding. The JOLO Vineyards Crimson Creek was the only North Carolina wine to win a gold medal at the competition. Needless to say we are very proud.”

Other JOLO wines that received praise include the 2015 JOLOTAGE and 2015 Golden Hallows, both of which received silver medals.

The Sommelier Challenge is in its eighth year and was presented on Sept. 17 and 18.

“It is a true testament to our winemaking process that our wines do so well in California wine competitions,” JW Ray, founder, said. “We are thrilled that our Crimson Creek offering is getting the national attention it deserves. We expect great things from this year’s harvest and fully expect more medals to come our way for the 2016 vintage.”

By Aila Boyd

Aila Boyd may be reached at 336-415-2210.

Aila Boyd may be reached at 336-415-2210.

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