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No matter what else is happening in the world, one thing is a constant: HARVEST! Running from late August through mid-October, this season sees non-stop action, from the vineyards to the crush pad, to the lab, and to the cellar.
Our family knows that we could not get through harvest year after year without our stellar team. Hard work and long hours come with the territory, but every one of our crew members understands how valuable their efforts are. The grapes that come into the winery in these “short” ten weeks are the lifeblood of the Bogle operation…as are the people who work hard to make the wine that you will enjoy!
Wishing everyone well,
Warren, Jody, and Ryan Bogle
The wildfires here in Northern California are once again making international news. While these fires now seem to be a yearly occurrence, the timing this season with the beginning of the 2020 harvest creates concern for both wine producers and wine drinkers alike.
Many of you have reached out to check in on us here at Bogle. Please rest assured that we are far from harm’s way here on Merritt Island in the Sacramento River Delta. With the rich agricultural land here in the Delta clear of vulnerable trees and underbrush, we remain grateful that we are in an area that is not easily affected by fire.
While our estate acres in Clarksburg have stayed safe, we, like nearly every growing region in the state, have been impacted by smoky days. What is clear is that this vintage will need to be assessed carefully, to ensure that our wines continue to overdeliver in quality as they do each and every vintage.
“We’ve really been working hard on this,” says VP of Winemaking Eric Aafedt. “From studies done by the Australian Wine Research Institute to our local UC Davis, we are gathering as much data as we can about how these conditions affect the grapes.”
What we are learning is very encouraging.
“Studies show that the grapes most affected by smoke taint are the ones in closest proximity to fires,” says Chris Smith, Director of Winegrowing. “Our vineyards around the state are far enough from these fires that we expect little impact, although we do have one or two grower partners who are closer and who we will watch closely.”
That’s where the work of Eric and his team comes in.
“With smoke, the damage is done mostly in the skins. We need to assess the grapes quickly to ascertain if there is an issue before allowing the juice to ferment on the skins,” says Eric. The winemaking team is fermenting small samples of each lot of wine grapes even before they are harvested.
“Any vineyards which show significant taint issues will not be brought into the winery,” says Chris Smith. “Quality remains our first priority, even if that means leaving a few of our fields unharvested.”
Once at the winery, that focus will continue. “All grape lots harvested this season will be carefully tracked throughout the process: measuring, monitoring, and modifying vinification as necessary,” says Eric. “So far none of the fields we have tested have shown any evidence of smoke taint.”
Everyone here at Bogle is taking this vintage in stride. “I’m optimistic that we are not going to see negative effects from this kind of haze,” says Eric. “The 2020 Bogle wines will be as enjoyable as always.”
For those of you who love our Phantom wine, you may be familiar with the story.
An apparition known as “the Bogle” stalked the hillsides near Glasgow, Scotland for centuries. When ancestors of the Bogle family made their way to America in the 1700’s, it is believed that the Phantom followed. Today, accounts by employees throughout the years reveal the Phantom may still preside over the vineyards and in the cellar, ensuring that we remain true to our craft with his watchful eye.
Now it is your turn to share your ghost story. Bogle is calling all creative wine fans and paranormal enthusiasts to enter our Phantom Ghost Stories contest. One writer’s original story will be brought to life in a video produced by award-winning filmmakers, as well as earn its author a $1000 prize.
Writers 21 years of age and older are invited to submit their short stories (max 5,000 words) before the deadline on October 15, 2020. A qualified panel of judges from the winery, acclaimed writers, and professional filmmakers will choose a winner from the entries received by that date.
The best part: the chosen script will be announced on Halloween – Saturday, October 31!
The contest begins on September 15th and the contest website, PhantomGhostStories.com, will go live on that date. Until then, you can email phantomghoststories@
So grab a glass of Phantom, your favorite pen and set your creativity free. The Phantom awaits its next chapter…
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Void where prohibited or restricted. Open only to adult permanent legal residents of 49 United States (excluding Utah, including D.C.), 21+. Contest begins 9/15/20 at 12:00 AM ET and ends 10/15/20 at 11:59 PM ET. Official Rules, odds, and prize details can be requested at phantomghoststories@
We LOVE new releases! And these two are delicious…
2019 Sparkling Rose
Delight your inner poet with this lively, light-hearted sparkler! From its first pink blush to your cheeks, to the joy of sharing with friends, this wine will set your imagination alight!
Made in the Charmat method, also known as the “metodo Italiano” this wine is produced just like prosecco from Italy, with the bubbles being infused into the wine during a secondary fermentation that happens in a large tank. The result? Tiny, fizzy bubbles!
Rose blossoms, honeysuckle, and sun-kissed strawberries permeate each sip, while the dazzling little bubbles tickle and tease the second you pop its fun, flirty pop top. Enjoy anytime, anywhere, and make any occasion a celebration! Bottle price: $17
2018 Bourbon Barrel Petite Sirah
A quiet conversation. Shared confidences. Bonds formed. No wine accompanies such times better than our heritage varietal Petite Sirah after its 14 months lazing in freshly emptied bourbon barrels.
The bourbon-soaked staves couldn’t help but impart the rich flavors of maple bacon, brown sugar, and toasted vanilla, which combines beautifully with the inky dark berry fruits of our Clarksburg grapes. Lush and decadent, this extravagance whispers of both wine and whiskey…the perfect combination for lovers of both libations. Bottle price: $35
Both wines are currently only available from our online wine shop. Click here to shop!
What we wouldn’t give for a Friday Alfresco right about now…
We miss our guests, and from your emails and inquiries, we know that you miss us too!
Currently, our tasting room remains closed. We are working on some much-needed updates so that when you return, the experience at our Home Ranch exceeds your expectations!
In the meantime, there are a variety of ways that you can enjoy our wines.
As always, our Traditional Line of wines is readily available at most local retailers and wine shops. We appreciate those of you who bring our bottles home with your weekly grocery run!
Our online wine shop is now open 24/7 for those of you who prefer to shop from your couch. Our Limited Releases, including such wines as the Sparkling Rosé and Bourbon Barrel Petite Sirah, are available with the click of your mouse, as well as our Juggernaut and Phantom wines. The Traditional Line is also available in the shop. In the coming weeks, we will have merchandise and wine gift packs available as we get closer to the holidays, so keep an eye out for more information.
If you are local, you can pick up your online orders using our curbside pickup. Scheduling is easy, and if you have any questions, our staff is here to help you navigate right to our doors!
Our family wants to THANK YOU for your continued support and wishes you a happy Harvest season!
The Bogle Family