The Sacramento Delta is known for its winding levee roads that encompass the Sacramento River and for the farms and small town communities that dot its landscape. But there are treasures to be found here and one of those treasures is the family-owned and operated winery, Bogle Family Vineyards. As holder of an extensive number of accolades and awards for its wines, Bogle Vineyards is one destination along the Delta you won’t want to miss. With excellent member rewards, complimentary tastings, and an abundance of lush, grassy areas to enjoy the day, Bogle offers patrons a savory experience. Located just off County Road 144 near Clarksburg, this 3rd generation winery is just a short drive from Sacramento and is situated back behind several acres of plush vineyards which are filled with a plethora of grape varietals.
One of the three third-generation vineyard owner/operators, Jody Bogle VanDePol recently sat down with me to discuss the winery’s wines, vines and events. Jody attended Linfield College in Oregon and graduated with a BA in English and teaching credentials. After teaching middle school English for 5 years, Jody returned to Bogle full time where she currently takes on customer affairs, winery events, and helped create the Bogle Bandwagon, Bogle’s proprietary wine club. As Jody and I talked, she relayed to me that the winery was planted near Clarksburg, California in the late 1960’s by the father son team of Warren and Chris Bogle. Today, the family owned and operated winery boasts over 1500 farm acres of grapes, over 1200 of them grown adjacent to Bogle’s winery.
The Bogle family winery team believes that the success of their winery can be attributed to one thing: “the day-to-day involvement of the Bogle family in the hands-on effort to produce and promote quality wines” and that “in order to produce quality wines, you must first produce quality grapes.” Two of Bogle’s vintners have been employed with the winery for an astounding 18 and 20 years respectively. This helps to keep Bogle’s wines consistent in quality, structure and flavor. These traditional values and practices have worked well, as Bogle has racked up more than its fair share of local and statewide accolades and awards.
Bogle’s tasting room is quaint, yet sizable. Upon entering you are greeted with a tasting bar to the left, which is often filled with “thirsty” patrons eager to taste what Bogle has to pour. Bogle’s wine tasting is complementary to the public and Jody explicitly confirmed Bogle will never change its wine-tasting policy. Jody went on to explain that Bogle values its guests and appreciates each guest that comes to visit the winery. Bogle’s goal is to share the fruits of their labors by providing complimentary tastings sometimes complete with lovely parings of decadent milk chocolate, as they often do when offering up their Bogle Port for tasting.
The winery has a number of winery mementos for patrons to purchase and wine purchases include a recyclable wine bag, good for a twenty percent discount for subsequent wine purchases. Members of the “Bogle Bandwagon” wine club who return with their recyclable wine bag are given an additional five percent discount. That is a total of twenty-five percent off subsequent wine purchases; an amazing deal to be had. The tasting room has a beautiful, wrap-around deck with views of the vineyards and of the picnic area. The winery recently replaced their picnic tables with brand new tables and chairs for patrons to use at their leisure. The picnic grounds also have an abundance of grassy areas for families to bring a blanket and enjoy a day taking in the beautiful vineyard views, while savoring a bottle of one of the winery’s fine wines.
One of Bogle’s best known and most rewarded wines is their Sauvignon Blanc, which has received a number of awards throughout California. The 2011 Sauvignon Blanc is best described as “crisp and complex in Asian pear, tangerine and green apple flavors, brightened with crisp acidity and made savory with dusty baking spices.” Bogle’s 2011 Sauvignon Blanc was rated at 89 points by Wine Enthusiast magazine and rated in their “Top 100 Best Buys 2011”. This wine is a perfect summer sipping wine and would be a great accoutrement to any poultry or fish entree.
The 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is one of Bogle’s most recommended, signature wines. Wine Enthusiast magazine made it their December 31, 2010 issue’s “Editors’ Choice” and rated it 87 points. Wine Enthusiast magazine writes “Bogle continues to outperform nearly everybody else in their price range.” The ’08 Reserve Cab is dry and fruity with notes of blackberry, black current and cedar flavors. This wine is nicely paired with steak or rack of lamb.
Bogle’s 2007 Port is made from 100% Petite Sirah. Bogle’s Port is lightly sweet with notes of chocolate, anis and a hint of tobacco. The richness of the port comes from allowing the grapes to linger on the vine a few weeks longer than the normal harvest time. This extra time on the vine, plus strict 12 degree fermentation, allow the stabilization of the residual sugar and alcohol content. The wine is then aged for 27 months in American oak barrels. Bogle boasts that their 2007 Port will be “enjoyable for the next 20 years.”
Bogle’s latest creation is a new wine they’re calling Bogle’s “Essential Red”. This 2009 wine is a blend of Bogle’s Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah and the winemaker boasts that this wine “surpasses expectation for enjoyment and approachability.” The wine is further described as rich and ripe, luscious and juicy. Essential Red will be widely distributed throughout California, including grocery stores, at the very budget-friendly price of about $11 per bottle. Bogle’s Essential Red has a scheduled release date of June 1, 2012 and is aged for 18 months in American and French oak barrels.
Friday nights at the Bogle picnic area are sure to be a hit this summer as the winery kicks off its “Friday al Fresco” event on June 15th, which is provided at no cost to the public. The event will run every Friday this summer from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and will feature live music by a different musical act each week. In addition to wine tasting, the winery will feature a different food vendor on site for winery guests to purchase dinner. For those who wish to bring their own dinner, Bogle encourages guests to pack a picnic basket and come out and join in the fun. The winery provides ample on-site parking.
For more information about the Bogle Family Vineyard or vineyard events, please visit boglewinery.com.
Tasting room hours:
Mon – Fri
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sat & Sun
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.