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I loved growing up on the farm.  There was a big warm barn to sleep in at night and nice green pastures to play in during the day.  The sky was so blue, the grass so green and there was even a  mountain in the distance with a little nob on top.  There were lots of different smells and I loved them all.  I especially liked the smell of hay and feed and of the earth being turned in the fields by the big green tractor. 

I made friends with all the other farm animals.  There was the rooster that crowed every morning to wake up all the cows, horses, chickens, ducks, sheep and even a goat.  But I liked the little piglets best.  They were a lot smaller than me but were so cute and made a lot of noise grunting and squealing inside their pen. 

But most of all, I loved Frank, Jr., and he loved me, too!  Many times everyday he came to the pasture to pet me and feed me treats from his pockets.  He also told me all the things we were going to do together, like go to the calf shows all over North Carolina.  But first I needed to learn how to act when we went out in public.

Part Three…coming soon!

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It was a cold February day and I was a newborn calf on the Hobson Farm in Boonville.  A funny little boy named Frank, Jr., whose daddy owned the farm, watched with excitement as I stood up on my wobbly legs trying to show the other cows and calves that I could too walk!

As I wobbled around, Frank, Jr., turned to his daddy and said: “Please, please, please, may I have this baby calf for my very own.  I will look after her, I will feed her and I will teach her everything. Oh, please, please, please.”  So Frank’s daddy smiled and said yes I could be Frank, Jr.’s calf, as long as he looked after me properly.

 Frank, Jr., was so excited.  He jumped up and down, gave me a big hug and told me I was the prettiest, most wonderful calf in the whole world!!!  I felt very special with all this attention. And I was especially happy to have my very own  human friend!  Frank then told me that because I was a registered Holstein calf with distinguished parents, he would name me RagApple Lassie after my parents just like he was named Frank, Jr., after his parents.

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Three more winners: Ray Rock, Larry Cordts and Lee Brame.  Join the search for the winning Titilatte Mixologist – check website for Titilatte Contest details.  The competition continues every Saturday in January with all the winners competing in the finals on February 20th!

Come, join the fun of Food, Wine, and ‘Patsy Cline.’  Sample Debbie’s Famous Homemade Soups, enjoy Darlene Caudle’s wonderful renditions of Patsy Cline and taste RagApple’s awesome estate grown wines.  Noon to Six!

And, if you are a Friday traveler, come join Walt at his Friday Wine Downs.  Special wine discounts on glasses and cases and you never know when a surprise will appear!

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Here in Yadkin County, North  Carolina, casually draped over gently rolling land, lies a farm that is home to RagApple Lassie Vineyards.  RagApple Lassie’s old world grapes are important pieces of the lush green patchwork quilt that makes up the Hobson Farm, but the quilt is enhanced by beautiful fields of soybeans, wheat, corn, and tobacco, outlined with stands of both hardwood and evergreen trees. 

Aside from all the natural green surroundings, RagApple Lassie Vineyards, diligently weighs its business decisions against the need to protect our planet. Hence, our crops are rotated regularly to protect the soils nutrients and to prevent  the spread of any disease. Plus, whenever possible we use no-till farming to reduce carbon emissions, protect against erosion and to utilize the natural decay of an earlier crop’s roots to feed the soil.

As grandparents  of four wonderful boys – ages 7, 9, 11 & 11.5  – taking care of our planet is our gift to them! Upon visiting us, you will immediately notice that our parking lot is gravel as opposed o pavement.  This allows rainwater to soak into the ground, rather than running into storm drains, so that, one: it  nourishes the earth, and two, all extra rain can find its way into the earth’s core  thus adding  to the all important water table. 

As a part of our “Green” Commitment and to insure that our wine bottles are actually recycled rather than being crushed and buried in a landfill, printed on the back of every RagApple Lassie Wine Bottle are the words: “Save our landfills – return this bottle for a 25 cent ‘bottle for bottle’ credit on your next RagApple Lassie wine purchase in the vineyards tasting room”.  FYI: RagApple Lassie receives, on average, twenty cases per month! 

No brainers,  but just in case you’re not sure, please know that every inch of cardboard at RagApple Lassie is either reused or recycled. And all plastic bags, shrink wrapping, containers, bottles, packing peanuts,  etc. are all appropriately recycled. And all plastic cups purchased and used at RagApple Lassie, such as those big 16 oz. sangria cups, are the biodegradable green line plastics made from corn products. 

Corks popped from tasting bottles or returned by customers are given to the School for the Educable Mentally Handicapped in Roxboro who, in turn, make Cork Ornaments, Cork Garlands, Cork Trivettes, and Cork Bulletin Boards – all of which are purchased by us for sale to you in our tasting room.

And how about all those stems, skins and seeds that are leftover after harvest?????

Being natural compostable waste, this refuse is broadcast over fields and pastures thereby providing some natural fertilizer for the growth of the next crop.  However, they are not used in the  vineyard, per se, so as to not  spread any lurking diseases. 

But another recycling tradition is our early spring wreath making day.  After all the vineyards have been pruned in preparation for the new year’s growth, huge piles of the vine prunings are delivered to the winery and everyone is invited to come make as many grapevine wreaths as they want.  Once dried, grapevine wreaths last a long time – many in the winery were made by Lenna several years ago – and provide not only decorating touches but a special memory.  

As sanitation is an important part of making good wine it follows that wineries are big users of water with large amounts of waste water. However, the definition of winery waste water is “slightly used with a tinge of wine color and taste”.  Not anything  that would harm anyone or thing, but nevertheless ‘waste’ so all Ragapple Lassie waste water is evaporated.  Our life giving sun makes short work of absorbing this water back into the atmosphere but in the meantime, the frogs at RagApple Lassie was particularly happy!  Every day at dusk, a frog symphony is playing and a few particularly outstanding soloists are showcased! 

At any time RagApple Lassie hosts band concerts, a part of the admission price is always 24 oz. of peanut butter which goes immediately to the Yadkin Food Closet. Additionally, several times each year, one can taste RagApple Lassie wines at NO cost IF a donation equal to or greater than the tasting fee is made to the Food Closet.  FYI: More than 6000 pounds of peanut butter and more than $2500.00 cash has been collected and donated on the behalf of our customers. 

Coming soon! RagApple Lassie Solar Power.  Frank and Lenna have been diligently working on a plan to harness the power of the sun to provide for the electricity needs of RagApple Lassie Vineyards and  Frank Hobson Farms, and still have power left over to share!

Stay tuned!  This is exciting!

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This past weekend, the first Saturday of the month long Titilatte Contest, was great fun and the results were pretty amazing! 

If you don’t know what I am talking about, go to www.ragapplelassie.com and click on events.  Three winners: Elizabeth Valier, Wes Rabb, and Patricia Valier were chosen by judges using the official wine judging protocol as led by Linda King, the Winemaker at RagApple Lassie, who just happens to be a Certified International Wine Judge herself. 

That’s why she is invited to California and multiple other places all over the US to judge professional competitions each year.

But suffice to say, don’t miss the fun.  Plan your own trip to RagApple Lassie at least once in January to try your hand at mixing a Titilatte!!!  One of last weekends’ competitiors left with the promise he would be back next week!!

And in addition to the fun of mixing Titilattes, savor the awesome wines of RagApple Lassie while listening to the awesome voice of the Triad’s own, Lisa Woods, singing from pop to jazz, classic standards to Motown and oldies to country AND warm your innards with a sample of Debbie Hoover’s awesome homemade soups.  ALL FREE – NOON TO SIX!

FYI:  During January, bring your old Christmas cards for donation to the St. Jude’s Children’s Ranch and receive ONE basic wine tasting FREE.  Wine Club Members will receive ONE glass of wine FREE!!

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but the welcome at RagApple Lassie is WARM!

This Saturday, January 9th, will be great fun at RagApple Lassie!  It’s the first Saturday of the new ‘Titilatte Drink’  blending contest.  Come join the fun and be the first to sample the newest drink sensation.  Complete details on the website under Events. (www.ragapplelassie.com).

FYI:  RagApple Lassie has been GREEN long before green was cool!  Check out why we think so on our website under “GREEN is our Commitment”!  And as another facet of green, bring your old  Christmas Cards for recycling (they will be sent to the St. Jude’s Children’s Ranch), you will get our basic $7.00 tasting FREE!

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