RagApple Lassie Vineyard
Recently we visited RagApple Lassie Vineyards in the Yadkin Valley. There are times when Kelly and I will meet at a winery and this was one of those times. Rag Apple Vineyard began as a dairy farm in the 1950s then moved to growing tobacco. With the onset of tobacco decline the move was made to grow grapes. We don’t always take the time to enjoy a winery tour, but my advice is to take the time to experience the winery tour. The history of the farm is evident throughout the winery from the cow themed decor to the name RagApple Lassie. RagApple Lassie was the name of the owner’s 1957 state winning prize calf. Tanner, the owner’s son, gave us a tour of the winery’s history. Charles and I split a tasting since you get to taste all 10 wines. Hannah led us through our tasting. I typically lean toward the Viognier when we visit a new winery, however my favorite is the Kaleidoscope Gold. It blends notes of honey, peach and fig. It finishes light and crisp just the way I like it. Few wineries have reds that I like but I found a couple here. Charles and I split a bottle of the “Oh My God”. It is medium bodied with cherry notes and a long finish. I have found I enjoy reds more if they are slightly chilled. We don’t usually join wine clubs at wineries because of the commitment to buy throughout the year. RagApple’s wine club is a little different. By joining you get a free wine tasting or glass of wine every visit plus discounts on wine purchases but without an obligation to buy. Andrew did an amazing job explaining their wine club. He is friendly and knowledgeable of the wines. Do yourself a favor and put RagApple Lassie on your bucket list.