Gimme a W! Gimme an I! Gimme an N! Gimme an E! What’s that spell? With Yadkin Valley winemakers JW Ray and Jay Raffaldini involved, that spellsdelicious.
This year’s RARA Sisboombah was produced by blending JOLO Winery and Vineyards’ 2016 Crimson Creek “Reserve” with the 2016 Raffaldini Montepulciano Riserva. The inaugural offering sold out in less than three days.
The wine is a collaboration among longtime friends, JW Ray and Jay Raffaldini. Both men are dedicated to producing higher quality wines and serve as passionate advocates for the growth potential of the Yadkin Valley wine region.
“My great friend JW is a quintessential winemaker of unsurpassed skill,” said Raffaldini Vineyards Owner Jay Raffaldini. “I’m excited to once again create a wine that represents our shared passion and the dedication to our craft.”
“My reverence for Jay for bringing old world wine techniques to this region to massage the European varietal characteristics out of North Carolina grapes cannot be overstated,” JOLO Winery and Vineyards founder JW Ray said. “The entire Raffaldini team continues to raise the bar for all of us. Jay is a true visionary and an inspiration. I’m very fortunate to call him a great friend. I couldn’t be more excited about this second bottling of this world-class wine.”
A very limited number of bottles will be available for sale at JOLO Winery and Vineyards and Raffaldini Vineyards while supplies last. Bottles are priced at $40.
Additional varieties are also available throughout the spring, along with tours, tastings and seasonal events.
About JOLO Winery & Vineyards
JOLO Winery and Vineyards is an award-winning, family-owned, boutique winery in the picturesque Yadkin Valley AVA in Pilot Mountain. JOLO produces extraordinary wines that reflect the terroir, including the 2016 Pilot Fog, a recent platinum medal award winner at the 2018 International Winemaker Challenge Wine Competition. JOLO is open for wine tastings most Thursdays through Sundays and pours 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 Vineyards 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.