Getting to know the man behind JOLO Winery
March 22, 2018
Below please find a synopsis as published by Triangle Around Town. Thank you, Dathan and Jennifer!
Over a Glass is a new series where we sit down with local and regional wineries and discuss how they got their start, the state of and insights into the future of the wine industry and anything that may come up over a glass of wine. For our first installment, we caught up with JW Ray, owner and winemaker of JOLO Vineyards located in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting JOLO or meeting JW yourself, you are truly missing out. Aside from how good the wine may be, one aspect of visiting wineries that we enjoy is the hospitality and personality each winery or winery owner brings to the table. JW is the type that not only makes an entrance, but will work the room shaking hands with his guests making everyone feel welcomed. On several occasions, we’ve also witnessed him working in the kitchen alongside his staff, ensuring his guests are served their meals in a timely manner. Not only will you see JW, but his entire family, helping out around the winery.
We caught up with JW the day after the unveiling of the second-year release of RaRa Sisboombah, the collaboration wine made with Jay Raffaldini of Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda. We wanted to learn more about how this winery, in its short time in the state, has soared in popularity and continues to win awards and bring home the bling. As the staff prepares for Sunday brunch, we sat down to ask JW a few questions.
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