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Hello Folks!

Over the last ten days, Mother Nature has teased us with 17 inches of snow and freezing temps followed by a few days of more moderate temps and then for grins and giggles threw in a couple of 65 degree days with soul warming sunshine!!! But just to make sure we did not decide Winter was over, she left some snow on North facing slopes! And according to famous Punxsutawney Phil, winter is not over yet!!!

But I have to tell you that the Frog Chorus that we all enjoy so much in the spring spent all weekend practicing!! So spring can’t be too far behind!!

On the grandson front, Mama Lenna and Papa Frank are proud to say that all four grandsons earned spots on the A-B Honor Roll. So come buy lots of wine. Our pockets are depleted as we pay cash for A’s and B’s !!!!

We always have live music on Saturdays, so come spend a leisurely afternoon at RagApple Lassie sampling awesome wines, (this week we welcome Sandy Herrault on the violin and keyboard), watching the ‘game’ or keeping up with the score on TV, test your jigsaw puzzle prowess, meeting new friends, or just relaxing!!

We are looking forward to seeing you soon.

Rainbows and joy,
Lenna and Frank

Hello Folks:

As predicted, last week’s weather was for the record books! Mother Nature began with hours of heavy snow, followed by hours of sleet and freezing rain, and then bid adieu with hours of soft fluffy snow. And as if apologizing for a horrid twenty-four hours, the final snow decorated every limb and twig so beautifully that it took one’s breath! In fact, I willingly and joyfully squandered hours just admiring Mother Nature’s handiwork!

“Neither sleet nor snow, etc. …” shall keep Cupid from its appointed rounds. Saturday’s Annual Valentine Wine Lunches (which were a sell-out prior to the snows) did not have a single cancellation!!! In fact, the phone rang constantly on Friday making sure WE had not cancelled the lunch!!!!

And now for a true story that will warm your heart! Friday evening (Valentine’s Day) about five o’clock, we made a quick stop at a small local grocery for one needed item. There were two men in line in front of me in the check-out lane: one about 35 and one about 80. They both had a bud vase of roses in their hands and it was obvious they knew each other. After exchanging a couple of pleasantries, the younger man, with dancing eyes and a teasing smile, said in a tongue and cheek sort of way, with no malice whatsoever: “Ed, I kinda know what I will get for this,” as he held up the vase of flowers in his hand, “So what do you think you’ll get?” Without a second’s hesitation and the sweetest of smiles, Ed quietly said, “This is a thank you for 58 years worth of dividends!” Everyone should be so lucky to have an “Ed” in their life and I do, but his name is Frank!!!

As a reminder, the second weekend of the Yadkin Winter Reds is Saturday and Sunday. More information is available at http://www.visityadkin.com.

Think Spring and come see us soon!

Rainbows and joy,
Lenna and Frank

WOW! WOW! WOW says it all! You will not be bored in February! RagApple’s Divine Valentine Lunches (see below) will return on February 15th! Landscape Artist Craig Richards and Renown Author Hunter Darden will be showcasing their work on Saturday, February 15th! And, a spectacular Friday Night Wine Dinner followed by the traditional Yadkin Winter Reds Tastings, (see below) February 21st is the Wine Dinner and Wine Tastings on February 22nd and 23rd!

Valentine Wine Lunches on February 15 at RagApple Lassie:
Bring your special ‘someone’ and come for a four-course wine lunch. Each of the four courses will be paired with a different RagApple Lassie wine and you may choose between two different menus.

Reservations are required. Seatings available for Noon, One and Two p.m. $35.00 per person. Call winery for further details, questions or reservations. And of course, the RagApple Lassie Wine Tasting Bar will be open Noon to Six, plus popular pianist, Freddie Casstevens, will be here to entertain you royally!

Menu One
Give Me Romance
Hors d’oeuvre Selection with Kaleidoscope Gold
Chicken Classic Gumbo with Viognier
Low Country Shrimp and Grits with Chardonnay
Apple Galet Smothered in Carmel Cream with Boonville Blanc

Menu Two
Give Me Love
Hors d’oeuvre Selection with Kaleidoscope Gold
Spring Salad with Toasted Pecans, Goat Cheese, and Cranberry Vinaigrette with Pinot Gris
Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions & Dauphinoise Potatoes with Merlot
Chocolate Mousse and Salted Caramel with Kaleidoscope Red

NEW! Yadkin Winter Reds Event WINE DINNER! And it is a WOW! This past Friday night was the January Dinner and it was spectacularly good! Chef Christain Froelich and the Staff at Sanders Ridge did an outstanding job. So, make haste to secure a ticket for the February Dinner on February 21st. And the Annual Yadkin Winter Reds event wine tasting event is February 22nd and 23rd. Tickets and detailed information for these events are available at http://www.visityadkin.com.

Rainbows and Joy
Lenna

This past weekend here at the winery was especially joyful because many friends that we’ve met over the years came visiting. Some came to restock their wine supply, some brought friends to meet us and some brought their new little ones to meet us! We love being the ‘grapeparents’ as one new Dad named us, to a growing cadre of  RagApple Lassie little ones!

 

Weatherwise, if you think I am beginning to sound redundant, you are correct! One day it is very nice – 60 degrees nice!  The next day, the high is 35, or less,  and the forecast for Wednesday is SNOW.  And, this is just the first three days this week!!!  But don’t despair, ‘normal’ January weather will be back by the weekend, so you can come visiting!

 

And speaking of weekends, remember this coming weekend is the first weekend of the Annual Yadkin County Winter Reds Event which is held the last weekend in January and the last weekend in February. And a few tickets are still available. Plus, this year, Friday Night Wine Dinners at Sanders Ridge have been added. Winston-Salem Chef Christian Froelich will prepare a six course dinner showcasing one wine from each of the six wineries in this weekend’s event.  Tickets are $65.00 per person and are by reservation only.  Tickets for both the Wine Dinner and the Winter Reds Tour are available from the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce office or online at www.visityadkin.com.    

FYI:  RagApple Lassie will be a part of the February weekend events. 

 

FYI:  The traditional RagApple Lassie Valentine Wine Lunches will be available by reservation on Saturday, February 15th and Sunday, February 16th. The Menus will be ready for your consideration next week!  Stay Tuned!

Holy  Cow!  This week has been WILD and WILDLY unique.

We spent days getting ready for the Big Freeze, then Freezing,  then cleaning up from the Big Freeze and now we must prepare for the Great Flood! Although it is as yet unannounced, I am  sure it is only a matter of time!!!!  What was defined as ‘scattered showers’ became two days and nights of heavy, heavy rain! And as daunting as it sounds I am sure that centuries from now,  when our descendents are reading about our planets’ ever evolving history,  they will discover that a major weather shift began  near the beginning of the 21st century!!!!   And speaking of weather shifts, remember that the Mississippi River did not exist until after the Ice Age!!! And it is theorized that the Clovis Point in Lenna’s pendant found its way to Yadkin County BEFORE the Mississippi River was born from melting ice!!!

Calendar information for your consideration includes the Annual Yadkin County Winter Reds for the last weekend in January and February.  As you will recall half of the Yadkin County wineries welcome you in January and the other half in February. And this year, Friday Night Wine Dinners at Sanders Ridge have been added.  Winston-Salem Chef Christian Froelich                                will prepare a six course dinner showcasing one wine from each of the six wineries.  Tickets are $65.00 per person and are by reservation only.  Tickets for both the  Wine Dinner and the Winter Reds Tour are available from the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce office or online at http://www.visityadkin.com. FYI:  RagApple Lassie will be a part of the February weekend events.

And please don’t forget to share your opinion with us.  Go to  RagApple Lassie’s Facebook page, click on the ‘poll’ button and give us your opinion on just two questions!. What you think is important to us and we want to remain one of your favorite wineries! And while on Facebook, take note of the “Udderly” Enticing Deals being offered throughout the months of January and February.

We shall look forward to reading your opinions and to  seeing you soon!

Rainbows and joy!

Lenna and Frank

As I write, the Weatherman telling us to expect the temperature of the
next couple of days to be colder than at any time in the last two DECADES!!!

So it appears we will be very COLD! But remember, this cold will not only eliminate any Pierce’s Disease (which is the scourge of vineyards) but will help reduce, if not eliminate, the shield-shaped stink bugs and ladybug-like Kudzoo bugs that bugged us immensely last summer!! As my father always said “there is a little bit of good in everything and everyone”!

On the news front, RagApple Lassie is preparing to bottle wine shortly so all of our wine varieties will be back soon! As many of you will recall, we were unable to get our famous sexy-shaped wine bottles from Milan during the economic downturn but things have improved on the European front and we can happily report that the bottles for our upcoming bottling are ‘on the water’ and are expected to land in the next ten days!! As you can imagine, bottling requires much ‘T’ capping and ‘I’ dotting plus coordinating dozens of details and rethinking many past decisions. Hence, we would like your help. You are our reason for being and your opinion matters. So please, go to our facebook page, click on “POLL” and answer a couple of questions that we are currently considering!

And don’t forget the “Udderly” enticing Winter Doldrums Weekly deals also on Facebook. So now you have two reasons to check out our Facebook page!!

Stay warm, be well plus rainbows and joy!

Lenna and Frank

ragapple lassieWow – what a glorious weekend!  Warm, balmy air, beautiful sunshine and blooming daffodils.

However, we still have March before us so, please don’t wish for spring just yet ’cause we will have some more cold weather – maybe even snow – before spring is here to stay.  And, too much warm weather means an early bud break in the vineyards which is NOT good!  So please be patient – everything in good time!

But, whatever the weather, Ragapple Lassie has lots of fun things planned including lunch at The Back Door Café on Saturday and Sunday by reservation.

The release of our newest dry red Zinfandel continues this Saturday, March 5th.  Come, claim your free taste and stock up your cellar.  According to winemaker, Linda, “It will blow your socks off!”  The bottles flew out the door last weekend but not to worry, we still have a ‘few’ bottles left!

Ragapple Lassie Vineyards
3724 Ragapple Lassie Lane
Boonville, NC 27011
phone:336-367-6000
web: www.ragapplelassie.com

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