JOLO WINERY & VINEYARDS WINS THE 25TH ANNUAL MID-ATLANTIC SOUTHEASTERN WINE COMPETITION
Winston-Salem, N.C. (August 30, 2019) — The Dixie Classic Fair announces the winners of the 25th Annual Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition. The competition began in 1995 to showcase the best winemakers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia or West Virginia.
Jolo Winery & Vineyards Wins the 25th Annual Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition
446 wines from commercial and amateur winemakers were evaluated by judges. The categories of winemaking ran the gamut from classic cabernet sauvignon to sparkling wines, along with specialty categories like fortified wines, ciders and fruit wines.
Jolo Winery and Vineyards, Pilot Mountain, NC, took top honors for their 2018 Jolotage. This wine also won in the Best Dry Red Wine category. This rich and luxurious full-bodied wine is layered in enticing aromas of red berries, cherry, mocha and spices. It has a supple and velvety mouth-feel with a finish that demonstrates balanced tannins, acidity and fruit. This fine wine should be paired with steaks, braised meat, barbeques, hearty stews or to be enjoyed on its own. This wine will continue to age gracefully for a decade or more.
The Best Dry White Wine came from Chateau Morrisette Winery in Floyd, VA. Their 2018 Petit Manseng is a juicy and semi-sweet wine with a medium finish that exhibits aromas of tropical fruit dominated by pineapple and mango. Lightly floral aromas continue to the palate, greeted by nuanced flavors of peaches and ripe pear. Petit Manseng can be enjoyed chilled on its own or will pair well with fruit, lightly spicy dishes, or a strong cheese like gorgonzola.
Roseneath from Cypress Bend Vineyards in Wagram, NC, won for Best Sweet White Wine. This blush wine is a uniquely North Carolina treat to be savored fully chilled. Literally bursting with flavors of citrus and sweet plum, this blush favorite displays a delightful light ruby hue and a refreshing taste that make it particularly enjoyable on a summer afternoon. It pairs well with light or spicy dishes or as a palate cleansing sorbet.
Cypres Bend Vineyards also took top honors for Best Sweet Red Wine. 2018 Campbell is a classic southern red Muscadine wine. Rich, warm, and generous in character, this full-bodied classic will grip your palate with luscious flavors of cherry and blackberry. It bursts out of the glass with a pleasant zip of acidity and swirls to an illusively velvet finish. This is a beguiling sipper or match it with light hors d’oeuvres or cheeses.
The Best Fruit and Dessert Wine went to Native Vines Winery in Lexington, NC, for their 2018 Sugar Plum wine. This is a seasonal, deliciously sweetened plum wine, for a holiday table that displays the Sugar Plum fairy and a Nutcracker.
On Point Winery, Danville, VA, took Best Amateur Wine for their 2018 Red Muscadine.
Total results will be available by September 13, 2019, or earlier on the Dixie Classic Fair web site, www.DCFair.com.
The Dixie Classic Fair is the second-largest attended agricultural Fair in North Carolina and runs from October 4 to 13 at the fairgrounds in Winston-Salem. Advance Sale Discount Tickets are available online through the Fair’s web site, www.dcfair.com and Ticketmaster. The Advance Sale ends on Thursday, October 3 at 11:59PM. Online sales will be promoted via the Fair’s social media links on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Advance Tickets can be purchased with no convenience charges at the Annex Box Office located at 414 Deacon Boulevard, Winston-Salem; hours are Monday to Saturday from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, visit www.DCFair.com.