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ragappleAs the glory of April becomes just a memory, grape vines are wearing five inches of new ‘green’ growth and RagApple Lassie is getting ready for a late May bottling! Two containers of bottles arrived in Boonville from Milan Friday morning and by noon on Saturday, all the bottles were in case boxes, put on pallets and shrink wrapped for a truck ride to the screen printers on Tuesday morning! Many hands make quick work!!!

In the meantime,  Celebrate May Day at RagApple Lassie playing a game of horseshoes on the lawn, enjoying the Jazz of Serendipity, an Alison and Jeremy duo, and sampling the award winning wines of RagApple Lassie!  Saturday, May 1st, Noon to Six.

And, oh yes, I do want to tell you that during the Bottles and Blues Wine Tasting at the Charlotte Food and Wine Weekend (just this past weekend) the RagApple Lassie Pinot Gris mesmerized everyone including a California Winery Owner, who openly acknowledged that RagApple Lassie’s was better than his own!

We are looking forward to seeing you very soon!

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

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Claire Culbreath on vocals/keyboard and John Brandon on guitar play a smooth blend of 70’s pop, jazz standards, original music, plus a little country sprinkled in!  Noon to six – while sampling RagApple  awesome wines.
Black Perigord Truffles, traditionally grown in France, and highly prized by food lovers and chefs alike for over a century are now growing beautifully in the Yadkin Valley.
So, viola! Black Truffle Buttermade from Ashe County Butter and Black Perigord Truffles (grown on ‘Keep your Fork Farm’ in Stokes County) has joined Ashe County Cheeses in the refrigerated wagon for take home or picnic purchases.
And, for your pleasure, flowers are planted, picnic tables are out, and horseshoe pit is open!  Come enjoy!

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

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ragapple lassieHere 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 to 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!

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

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Hello Folks!

Last Saturday was the kind of spring day poets love to romanticize! Glorious sunshine, soft breezes, and a gentle warmth that calls one to come outside and enjoy! And this Saturday, April 17, promises more of the same.

Mood Swingz returns to entertain you with everything from the old vocal jazz classics like Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald to the always popular Beach tunes to the classic pop to oldies to Jimmy Buffett and Van Morrison, while tasting the award winning wines of RagApple Lassie!  Noon to Six!

And don’t forget, Walt’s Wine Down Fridays, when all glasses of wine are $4.00 except Hobson’s Choice and Evening Sunset which are $7.00.  Plus, get an extra 5% case discount – Friday’s only on all case purchases or get 5% discount on bottle purchases in multiples of three.  Wine Club Members can choose either a free glass of wine or their choice of a pack of cocktail napkins.ragapple lassie wine

Rainbows and joy,
Lenna and Frank

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

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ragapple lassie vineyardsCome Fly a Kite in the meadows of  RagApple Lassie Vineyards  to welcome the advent of a new growing season!

Join the Annual Blessing of the Vines (2:00 P.M.) in the vineyards and the opportunity to make all the grape vine wreaths you want (all day- noon to six) while being entertained by the lifting sounds of Trip Rogers’ Celtic Band!

AND enjoying the awesome wines of RagApple Lassie!ragapple lassie logo

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

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