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Wanted: Only the Best! Director of Winegrowing, Chris Smith

Wanted: Only the Best! Director of Winegrowing, Chris Smith

As one of Bogle’s longest tenured employees (starting as our winemaker way back in 1992) Chris has always kept our goal of quality in the forefront.  Here he talks about his year-round effort to bring in the best winegrapes in California.

The most powerful rule in modern and traditional wine making is a simple one. To make exceptional wine, you must begin with exceptional grapes. While we have 1600 acres of our own vines in the Delta, we rely on other appellations in California to grow some the best grapes for some of your favorite wines.

Our best Chardonnay comes from the acres surrounding our winery in the Delta. The grapes we use in our Old Vine Zinfandel originate in Amador County and Lodi. Sonoma County and Paso Robles grow intense and concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon while our award-winning Pinot Noir is grown in the Russian River Valley and the Arroyo Seco area of Monterey County.  These diverse appellations bring complexity, nuance and quality to each of our wines.

With our own estate vineyards in Clarksburg as the foundation, we then work closely with these partners in other viticultural regions of California. Every single-lane country road I turn down welcomes me in a familiar way. From rolling green hills to tractors kicking dust into the air, these agricultural landmarks are home to other farmers who care about their crop as much as we do. After a friendly handshake, we go over every detail of the vineyard. From irrigation to cover crop usages, from canopy management to tonnage expectations, we work together to ensure the vines produce the highest quality grapes. By late summer, harvest finds us walking vineyards, inspecting and tasting fruit, then determining proper ripeness and scheduling the best harvest timing.

Upon delivery of these grapes to our winery, there are no surprises.  Just perfectly ripe, concentrated and complex fruit, ready to be made into the most unique and delicious blend for each wine variety. And then, soon to be served at your dinner table with friends and family.

What We're Drinking This Fall: Our Staff Spills It

What We're Drinking This Fall: Our Staff Spills It

Yay, fall!  It’s PSL season, right?  Sure, but according to a few members of our crew, it is also Chardonnay, Malbec and Pinot season.

“Fall is a season of changing colors, changing temperatures.  Seems like the only thing that doesn’t change is my outspoken love for our  Chardonnay.  Cheers to the 2016 Harvest and cheers to cooling off!”  Beau Cornell, Sales Dude.  (Really, that’s the best title for him.)

Try it with this Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Almonds!

“With fall right around the corner, the  Reserve Malbec has the perfect amount of ripe red fruit, warm oak, and a deliciously smooth finish to share with your best companion.” Ariana Angelo, Quality Control Manager (and Buster)

Try a glass with these Lamb Chops with Blueberry Demiglaze and Sweet Potato Mash!

“When summer winds down and the air is a bit cooler, I enjoy our  Pinot Noir. This medium-bodied red is a good choice with so many foods and is perfect for bridging the change of seasons.”  Shaun Kelish, Tasting Room Manager

Try it with Italian Fall Soup!