JOLO earns platinum medal at 2018 International Winemakers Challenge

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By Jennifer Primrose

Pilot Mountain’s JOLO Winery & Vineyards brought home the prestigious platinum medal for its 2016 Pilot Fog in the 2018 International Winemaker Challenge Wine Competition that took place in San Diego, California earlier this week.

“Out of over 1,000 entries, less than five percent earned a platinum medal,” says winery owner and winemaker, JW Ray. “Many of the bottles in this exclusive category cost twice or even three times our retail price. This competition is one of the most rewarding as it is a jury of our peers from highly regarded wineries in California and around the world,” he says.

The 9th annual Winemaker Challenge included a stellar lineup of judges including Gary Eberle, father of Paso Robles wine, Simi winemaker Susan Lueker, Nicole Hitchcock from J Vineyards, Maayan Koschitsky of Atelier Melka and others.

“We are confident that our 2017 vintage will prove to be even better, as we are in the process of bottling our latest offerings of Pilot Fog, Crimson Creek and Jolotage … all medal winners at this year’s competition,” says Ray.