Pilot Mountain, NC (August 23, 2016)

JOLO Winery & Vineyards’ 2015 Pilot Fog Cynthiana-based red wine has been awarded “Best in Show” honors in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition at the 2016 Dixie Classic Fair in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

 That means that out of 553 wines from 6 states submitted into the competition, JOLO’s Pilot Fog was judged to be the very best. In addition, JOLO wines were awarded two other medals as listed below:

 2015 Pilot Fog – Best Dry Red Wine

2015 Golden Hallows – Gold Medal

 “It has been an outstanding year for the JOLO 2015 vintage offerings,” says JW Ray, Owner and Winemaker at JOLO Winery & Vineyards.  “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.”

 “The 2015 Pilot Fog is one of the smoothest, best tasting dry red wines that I have ever tasted,” says Jim Collins, Wine Superintendent and Coordinator of The Dixie Classic Fair’s wine competitions.

“As a relatively new winemaker, I have been very fortunate to collaborate with fantastic winemakers such as Sean McRitchie, Jay Raffaldini, Steve Sheppard and others who helped me push the envelope as to what is possible in this great growing region,” says Ray.

“Once again this year, the Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition received hundreds of quality entries for this year’s wine competition,” said Collins. “As the wine industry continues to grow in the Southeast, the Mid Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition continues to grow as well, and each year the competition gets tougher. We’d like to congratulate all of this year’s medalists and we look forward to showcasing all of our winners at the 2016 Dixie Classic Fair.” 

 Ray adds, “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 & Vineyards. It is a true honor to win this ‘Best of Show,’ knowing first hand, that our wine competed against the very best to be the best.”

Both award winners of are available for purchase at the winery or online by visiting the JOLO Shop.

About The Dixie Classic Fair

 Celebrating its 134th year in 2016, the Dixie Classic Fair is the second largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina. Owned and operated by the City of Winston-Salem after being donated to the City by the Winston-Salem Foundation in 1969, the 10-day annual Fair features nationally known musical entertainment, delicious food and beverages, exhibits for livestock, poultry, fine arts and crafts, a world-class carnival with numerous rides and games among many more activities. It is attended by an average of 325,000 visitors each year. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit

 JOLO Winery & Vineyards is located in the Yadkin Valley Agricultural Viniculture Association (AVA).  It is open to the public for tastings, tours and dining and can be reserved for indoor or outdoor weddings and special events. 

 For more information please visit or email [email protected].

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