Wine Line: A family approach at Bogle

05/25/2012 9:33 AM

05/25/2012 9:33 AM

I like the wines from Bogle Vineyards. I always have. They easily meet my criteria for the What's on our Table section of this column.

Bogle wines are readily available, under $15 and a terrific value. The major wine magazines always rank Bogle in the Top 10 value brands of the year. Bogle Vineyards is the only domestic brand to win Impact Magazine's Hot Brand Award for 10 consecutive years. And they're available in Merced supermarkets for less than $11.

The Bogle family has been farming since the mid-1800s. In 1968, they planted 20 acres of grapes near the small community of Clarksburg.

Today, Bogle Vineyards farms more than 1,200 acres of wine grapes in the delta wine region, which is now referred to as the Clarksburg American Viticulture Area.

The region is distinguished by the unique features of the delta environment, soil types and mild evening temperatures caused by the cooling effect of the San Francisco Bay. These factors allow the region to grow more than 30 varieties of wine grapes.

The success of Bogle Vineyards can be summed up in one word: family.

Bogle is a hands-on family business. Today, the sixth generation is directly involved in the day-to-day operation of the winery, which ensures the consistency of the Bogle brand.

The number one goal at Bogle is to continue to produce a wide selection of dependable, high-quality wines at a value price. And they've been doing it for more than 20 years.

The Clarksburg area is easily accessible. Head north on Interstate 5 to Freeport and exit, crossing the Sacramento River (at the Freeport Bridge) and following the signs to Clarksburg.

There are about a dozen wineries in the region. The Bogle tasting room is open daily and has a nice shady picnic area.

Reserve wines are available to taste and sold only at the tasting room. The reserve syrah (El Dorado County) and the reserve zinfandel (Amador County) are worth the drive to Clarksburg. Make sure to visit the Old Sugar Mill, too, which houses six wineries.

High on my list is the Clarksburg Wine Co. They make three styles of chenin blanc and a terrific viognier. All the wineries in the Old Sugar Mill are open Friday through Sunday.

Pack a lunch and spend a relaxing day on the Sacramento River. For more information, visit

What's on our Table

The 2011 sauvignon blanc (with citrus, lemongrass and key lime notes) and the 2010 chardonnay (with pear, green apple and lemon) are my white wine picks. Both are $9. My red favorites are the 2009 petite sirah (with black currants, plums and cocoa notes) and 2010 pinot noir (with berry, cola and fresh herbs). Both are $11. The old vine zinfandel (with raspberries, nutmeg and black pepper), is always a favorite. It was on our table in the June 8, 2011, column. I've always liked the wines from Bogle and I'm sure I always will. Cheers!

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