Two Yadkin Valley winemakers collaborating

PILOT MOUNTAIN — JOLO Winery & Vineyards and Raffaldini Vineyards recently announced a collaboration on a red wine blend offering to be released in 2016.

“Although it is not uncommon for local winemakers to purchase grapes from the estates of other local wineries, our partnership is a first of its kind in the Yadkin Valley AVA,” said J.W. Ray, owner and winemaker of JOLO Winery & Vineyards.

The name of the wine offering, as well as the composition of grapes being blended, has not been released.

Jay Raffaldini, owner and winemaker of Raffaldini Vineyards, added, “As hands-on winemakers as well as friends, the decision to work together on a unique red wine blend was an easy one.”

Although the wine offering release to the public is months away, Ray and Jay Raffaldini will be co-hosting a barrel tasting for current and future JOLO Wine Club members to take place on Oct. 31. The wine sampling will be part of a special five-course gourmet dinner and international wine pairing event held on the JOLO estate.

Details about availability and distribution have not been released.

To reserve a seat, contact JOLO Winery & Vineyard at 855-JOLOWINE.

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