Local vineyard wins wine awards


Three award-winning wines produced by JOLO Winery & amp;  Vineyards.  JOLO vineyard
Three award-winning wines produced by JOLO Winery & Vineyards. – JOLO vineyard

A team of Surry County wineries spent part of January in California participating in a few wine competitions. They went home with a bunch of rewards.

JOLO Winery & Vineyards, off the NC 268 west of Pilot Mountain, took part in shows in San Francisco and then in San Diego. He received a Best of Show award, a Platinum award, two gold medals and a gold double.

The 12th edition of the Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition took place January 25-26 at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego.

JOLO’s Cuvee Selection won a Platinum Award, while its Rosé won the Best of Show in its category.

Rich Cook is the director of the San Diego County Fair wine competitions and also the Robert Whitley Challenge wine competitions. He is a panelist with the California Grapevine and has been the Chief Judge of the Monterey International Wine Competition since 2011.

After tasting JOLO’s selection of cuvées, here’s what Cook had to say:

“I love what is happening at JOLO and I hope this award will bring them greater recognition.

“Yadkin Valley, NC might not be on tip of the tongue when it comes to favorite AVAs, but there are great fruits produced there, and they are made into great wine.” – some from varieties you may not be familiar with.

“This wine combines 25% Cynthiana (aka Norton), 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Petit Verdot in a magnificent glass. A blend of red berries and cherries, a hint of dill, sweet fall spices and easy oak toast, all dancing together through a long finish that continues with a supple grip.

“Treat your California wine snobbish friends and give them a spin!”

As for its Best of Show award, here is how JOLO describes its wine.

“This lively and elegant rosé wine is adorned with seductive aromas of watermelon, bright cherry and raspberry. Strawberry, raspberry and citrus delight the palate which ends with a lip-smacking finish.

“The 2019 growing season here at Pilot Mountain was marked with very little precipitation, hot sunny days with a constant breeze blowing through the vineyards. This made the fruit ripen slowly and at the same time dehydrated the fruit slightly, which reduced our yields and in turn accentuated the fruit flavors and varietal characteristics.

“It’s a very pleasant wine on its own and also goes well with goat cheese, salads with vinaigrette, shellfish, roasted vegetables, fruit salad or a bad day.”

Regarding the details behind the scenes, JOLO added, “We use stainless steel to ferment and age our white and rosé wines. Our red wines are aged in a combination of American, French and sometimes Hungarian oak. However, our Pilot Fog offer, made from Cynthiana grapes, is aged in barrels exclusively in 100% new American oak.

Earlier this month, JOLO took part in the 20th edition of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition from January 7-10.

There were more than sixty-five judges, representing various North American wine regions, evaluating nearly 6,700 wines from a thousand different vineyards, explained JOLO, who took home three honors.

“JOLO’s Pilot Fog received the only double gold medal for the state of North Carolina,” said the winery. “In addition, less than 9% of the wines entered were deemed worthy of a double gold medal.”

This is how JOLO describes Pilot Fog: “This rich and luxurious Cynthiana-based wine, full-bodied and full-bodied, is adorned with alluring aromas of blueberry, black cherry, mocha and spice. This elegant wine has a supple and velvety palate with a finish that shows balanced tannins, acidity and fruit. This good wine must be accompanied by steaks, braised meat, barbecues, hearty stews.

Cuvee Selection and Crimson Creek won gold medals.

JOLO says if people love Pinot Noir, they’ll love Crimson Creek, a dry red wine.

JOLO describes the Chambourcin grape as: “This complex and luxurious, medium-bodied wine has seductive aromas of cherry, violet, blueberry, mocha and crushed herbs. This elegant wine has a supple and velvety finish with a harmonious balance of red fruits, acid and tannins. Crimson Creek pairs beautifully with rabbit, salmon, lamb and pork. “

According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s event website, those who were recognized in the contest will participate in a public tasting on Saturday, February 15 at the festival pavilion at the Fort Mason Center on the north coast of San Francisco.

To learn more about JOLO Winery & Vineyards, visit the website at www.jolovineyards.com.

Three award-winning wines produced by JOLO Winery & Vineyards.

Contact Jeff at 415-4692.


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