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January / February 2022

With every new year comes optimism. Some of us make resolutions, some of us focus on reconnections, and some of us just open another bottle of wine! However you celebrate, we hope you and your families are doing so safely and in good health!

To really settle into their slumber, the vines at our Indian Springs Vineyard near Penn Valley in the Sierra Foothills were covered with a blanket of snow earlier this month. We look forward to seeing what these, and all our vines can do in 2022!

Signed by Warren, Jody, and Ryan Bogle
Warren, Jody, and Ryan Bogle

Honored to be Grower of the Year

Honored to be Grower of the Year

When we first arrived in the Sacramento River Delta, our family settled as farmers.  Over 150 years later, farming remains at the core of our operation here in Clarksburg.  Through orchards, field crops, and now vineyards, we are proud to be a part of California’s agricultural landscape.

This year, we are even prouder to be recognized with the 2022 Grower of the Year award, bestowed by the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG).  CAWG protects and promotes the interests of California winegrape growers by providing members a unified voice, effective advocacy, and strong leadership.  CAWG’s members work to foster awareness and understanding of winegrape growers’ contributions to the economy, environment, and California communities.

“The Bogles—Warren, Jody, and Ryan—are role models in the winegrape industry through their longtime commitment to sustainability, success in producing quality wines, advocacy for their community and fellow growers, and well-deserved respect as an employer,” said CAWG President John Aguirre. “CAWG is proud to have Bogle Vineyards as a longtime member.

The Grower of the Year Award is the highest honor given by CAWG. It is bestowed to an individual, family, or company that represents an outstanding example of excellence in viticulture and management. The recipient is an efficient and successful producer of quality winegrapes, recognized for innovation and leadership within the industry.

“Grape growing is at the heart of what we do every day,” says Warren Bogle, 6th generation farmer and current winery president.  “It is an honor and a privilege to receive the CAWG Grower of the Year award.  Being honored by our peers is a great achievement and our family is grateful for this industry community we are a part of.”

This award is the third for our family in the last several years, following the 2018 Green Leader Award for our sustainability efforts and the 2019 Winery of the Year Award from Wine Enthusiast.  We continue to be humbled by these great honors.

Reducing Our Footprint

Reducing Our Footprint

Our entire family and staff are excited to announce a dramatic step forward to help reduce the winery’s carbon footprint:  the introduction of new, lighter glass bottles that will cut packaging weight by 1,150 tons starting in 2022.

The first bottles to feature the lighter glass will include our traditional Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Merlot—which make up the majority of the wines we sell. This change in glass type will cut down weight by 830 tons and is equal to a 5% overall reduction.

Our Juggernaut wines will see an even greater benefit with a 10%- or 320-ton reduction with the use of new Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir bottles.

“Our family’s commitment to sustainability has always been a top priority in both our vineyards and in our winery, and now we are looking at how to make an impact with each and every bottle that is opened and enjoyed,” said Vice President of Consumer Relations, Jody Bogle. “For years, the perception in the wine industry has been the heavier the bottle, the higher the quality wine inside.  Our family wants to change that perception.”

Lighter-weight glass bottles consume fewer raw materials, use less energy to produce, and reduce the amount of fuel and emissions during transport. The 1,150 tons, or 2.3 million pounds, in lighter glass is the winery’s first step to weight reduction.

“There is a significant environmental impact at every point in the bottles’ lifecycle so we will continue to explore further packaging adjustments to lower glass and box weights across all of our brands,” said Vice President of Winemaking, Eric Aafedt. “As an added bonus, we are still able to deliver high-quality wine, but these new bottles will reduce our impact on the environment.”

The rollout of these new bottles will correspond with release dates throughout the end of the year, so your next bottle of Bogle could feel just a little bit lighter.

Member Milestones

Member Milestones

Twenty years ago we started our first wine club, the Bogle Bandwagon, at the request of visitors to the newly opened tasting room.  The very first shipment included two wines that we hadn’t made before: the 2000 Viognier and the 1999 Reserve Zinfandel.  Those two wines started it all.

Unbelievably, we still have 31 original members receiving wines twenty years later!  In over two decades, they have received SEVENTY shipments of wine, including new varieties, unique bottlings, and even a lab sample or two.  (Remember the Alicante Bouchet? Or the Petite Nouveau?)

Our family is grateful for all our members, but we want to take a minute to send a word of thanks to our “Twenty Year Members” for all their support…and wine drinking!

Starla Hirst – Steve & Michelle Alger – Mark & Jodi Ballenger – Dave Chaix – John Kirkman – Dennis & Pat Rainey – Mary Clark – Rosemary Metrailer – Pam Swanson – Regina & Ben Edwards – Paul Harrington – Tara Leung – Robert Runyan – Michael & Bretlin Mello – Deloris Secor – Kathy & Peter Hunn – Linda Toccalini – Frank & Flo Clayton – Leah & Lukas Hermes – Sandy Hill – Ron & Sylvia Roach – Bill & Julia Schaw – Erica Trylovich – John Cronjager – John & Nancy Dey – Melissa Fogarty – Esther Koopman – Margaret Woodcock – Kathy Bruns – Scott & Carol Hroza – Chaz Baird

Since that first shipment all those years ago, much has changed.  Our single fledgling club has grown to over 4000 members, and we now offer five different clubs for people to choose from.  Whether you like red wines, white wines, or unique bottlings, there is a little something for everyone!  And if you have any questions, you can just ask one of them!  At this point, we consider these 31 members Bogle experts!