Acclaimed Yadkin Valley Winemakers Collaborate on Red Wine BlendPilot Mountain and Ronda, N.C., January 24, 2017 – JOLO Winery & Vineyards and Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda will release a special wine commemorating the friendship of owners JW Ray and Jay Raffaldini on Saturday March 11 2017. “What an honor and privilege to make a wine with a good friend that represents our respective passions for the winegrowing craft and the Yadkin Valley,” JOLO Founder JW Ray said. “What a pleasure to put this magic in a bottle with my dear friend Jay.” The wine is a collaboration among long-time friends, JW Ray and Jay Raffaldini, two of the Yadkin Valley’s most passionate winemakers. Raffaldini and Ray are dedicated to producing ultra-premium wine and believe deeply in the incredible potential of this wine region. The wines contents, name and packaging are being kept secret until release day. “I’m very fond of JW and the wines at JOLO.” Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini, said. “I’m excited to create a wine that represents our storied friendship and the many years of dedication to our craft.” The day’s events kick off at noon at Raffaldini Vineyards where Raffaldini and Ray will lead an intimate gathering, discussing the winemaking technique and their personal stories over light refreshments. At 3p.m. the party moves to JOLO for more storytelling, tasting and passed hors d’oeuvres. A very limited number of bottles will be available for sale at JOLO and Raffaldini Vineyards while supplies last. Bottles are priced at $40. About JOLO Winery & Vineyards JOLO Winery & Vineyards is an award-winning, family-owned, boutique winery in the picturesque Yadkin Valley AVA in Pilot Mountain. We produce extraordinary wines that reflect the terroir. We are open for wine tastings most Thursdays through Sundays and we pour at many local wine tasting events throughout the year. Wines are available for purchase at the winery, on the website, and at selected retail locations. About Raffaldini Vineyards Known as “Chianti in the Carolinas” Raffaldini currently produces North Carolina’s highest rated red wine, Sangiovese, and other varieties including Vermentino, Pinot Grigio and Montepulciano. Raffaldini hosts public and private events throughout the year. Please visit our web site, www.raffaldini.com, call 336.835.9463 or email [email protected] for more information.