It’s that time again…HARVEST!
Inevitably when we begin each harvest season, summer clings to our days and nights here in Clarksburg. Temperatures remain warm and the sunsets are gorgeous as the sun slides behind the Coast Range each night.
But just a few short weeks later, you can tell the corner has been turned to fall. Breezes carry a bit more chill in the air and by the early morning hours when we harvest our vines, it can be downright cool.
We are blessed with another harvest season at hand!
Warren, Jody, and Ryan Bogle
Everything has a lifespan, including wine grapes. While there are outliers like “old vine” zinfandel or mourvedre that can be 60-80-100 years old, the average life of a vineyard is roughly 25-30 years. Once a vineyard starts to lose both quality and quantity in its production of wine grapes, it is time to replant.
Here at Bogle, we have two fields currently being replanted. If you’ve been to the Home Ranch in Clarksburg lately, you’ve seen lots of action at our Webber Ranch, just to the north. In the early years, planting was a pretty simple process. Today, there’s quite a bit of science behind it.
“We don’t quite do it like my grandpa and dad did,” says Warren Bogle, President and Vineyard Director who studied agriculture at California State Chico. “There are a lot steps to replanting a vineyard these days. And preparation and planning are key.”
The first step: evaluating the land to ensure that it is fit for winegrapes.
“We dig multiple test pits all around the property,” explains Warren. “These have a couple different purposes: one, we can test the soil composition and see what it needs, and two, we see where the water table is.”
Drain tiles are added if the water table is too high, creating a good underground drainage system for the new vines and their roots. Then the land is prepared with amendments added, such as gypsum, lime, and compost. For weeks, tractors rip the soil to aerate and loosen up years of compaction, while at the same time integrating the added amendments.
From there, the field is surveyed for the best way to situate the vineyard. Teams of workers walk in a line, “strawing” the field, essentially marking where each vine will go. It is precise, tedious, and difficult. Then the crew comes back through and pounds down grape stakes at the location of each straw.
Spacing is very important to the vineyard, as it determines the number of grapevines per acre, as well as the way the field can be farmed. The new vineyards on are arranged on an 11’x5’ trellis system, which allows maximum mechanization for the farming of the vines. With technologies in our industry developing each and every year, being prepared for future farming mechanization is very important. Drip lines and hoses are run down each row, to ensure that irrigation, if any, is completely controlled each season.
Once the field is staked, it is time to plant the new vines. Spring is the ideal time to plant, and each acre will be planted with 792 vines. For our Webber Ranch alone, which stretches 50 acres, there will be 39,600 pinot grigio vines planted. For the next three seasons, the vines are trained, tended, and allowed to mature before any grapes are harvested. Once the vineyard reaches “third growth”, we estimate a yield of approximately 4-5 tons of grapes per acre, which when vinted, will produce nearly 210,000 bottles of wine.
For Warren Bogle, planting a new field is an exciting time.
“We are a farming family, and our commitment to sustainability drives everything we do, including new plantings. Creating a new vineyard allows us to focus on new innovations and technologies, while still staying true to our roots. We farm in a sustainable way that we will be able to continue for generations to come.”
It’s that time again, Farm-to-Fork celebrations in the Sacramento region! As America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, the bounty that is produced within just a few miles of our State Capitol is immeasurable. But there are several ways you can enjoy it all, with multiple events throughout September to attend!
Legends of Wine | Thursday, September 8
Come taste wines from dozens of local wineries all in one place. Usually held on the steps of the Capitol itself, this year’s event will be held at the SAFE Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D to avoid the heat. We’ll be there pouring…stop by and say HI!
Camden Spit & Larder Farm to Fork Winemaker Dinner | Saturday, September 10
Reserve Bogle wines + a perfectly paired menu = one delicious evening! Hosted by Chef Oliver Ridgeway and Jody Bogle, the event kicks off with a sparkling wine reception followed by a five-course dinner of farm-to-fork goodness!
The Tower Bridge Dinner | Sunday, September 11
If you have tickets, lucky you! This amazing dinner spanning the Sacramento River is the hottest ticket in town. Serving exceptional wines and multiple courses prepared by the best chefs in the Sac region, this dinner is always one to remember.
Farm-to-Fork Festival | Friday, September 23 & Saturday, September 24
Two days of live music, food trucks, chef demonstrations, local wines, and other fresh produce and provisions…this FREE festival is a blast! Just come on down to Capitol Mall and enjoy the seven-block walk through our region’s Farm-to-Fork bounty! As this year’s official wine sponsor, we’ll be there pouring some of our favorite wines, so come see us and grab a glass!
The mystery surrounding our Phantom wines originates with our family ancestors in Glasgow, Scotland. Bogle, as many of you know, is actually the Scottish word for ghost. And while there have been mysterious sightings and inexplicable happenings in our vineyards and in our cellar for decades, we have embraced the Phantom as a watchful presence, the spirit of the generations that have come before us.
While we enjoy our Phantom wines all year round, naturally the legend and folklore of the Phantom emerges every autumn. Our 3rd annual Phantom Ghost Story Writing Contest** is currently underway with entries accepted through October 31st.
“So many people have a story that’s been passed down through the generations or told around the campfire and we want to hear it,” says Jody Bogle. “We welcome those creative, original stories and look forward to reading the entries every year.”
Winners not only receive a cash prize, but the last two stories have been made into short films. “Flora’s Place,” written by Darrolyn Anderson, premiered at last year’s Austin Film Festival. Our 2021 winner, “The Collector,” written by Catherine Evans, has also been translated to film, with an adaptation produced by graduate students at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. “They’ll Be Waiting For You” will be featured at the Austin Film Festival this October, but for a little sneak peek, click here.
To catch the world premiere of the short film, visit the Home Ranch in Clarksburg. Our October 21st movie night will kick off with the first showing of this suspenseful contest winner, followed by the classic Alfred Hitchcock film Rear Window. Tickets will be available on September 21st and include wine tasting and dinner before the show.
For those who are looking for more of a hands-on event, we’ll be hosting the Phantom Paranormal Ghost Tour Adventure on the same night, October 21st. Old Sacramento, with its centuries of history, plays host to our small group of brave souls searching for signs of the beyond. Using innovative technologies and led by an experienced guide, you’ll search the streets, alleyways and some of the oldest buildings in Sacramento for evidence of the paranormal. After the search, enjoy a glass of our hauntingly delicious wine and small bites at the Sacramento Historical Museum. Tickets go on sale September 21st.
Phantom season wouldn’t be complete without sharing some of the sinful and decadent dishes that pair well with our Phantom Chardonnay and Phantom Red Blend. From our Burrata with Blistered Grapes to our Beef Ragu Lasagna, we dare you to invite the Phantom into your home and enjoy an evening of wine, food, and the phenomenal.
Our family is proud to bring you a small piece of our history with Phantom Chardonnay and Phantom Red Blend. We hope you enjoy them this season.
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. NO ALCOHOL IS GIVEN AS PART OF THE PRIZE. Void where prohibited or restricted. Open only to adult legal residents of 49 United States (excluding Utah, including D.C.), 21+. Contest begins 9/1/22 at 9:00 AM PT and ends 10/31/22 at 11:59 PM PT. To enter and for the Official Rules, odds, and prize details, visit PhantomGhostStories.com. Sponsor: Bogle Family Vineyards, 49762 Hamilton Road, Clarksburg, CA 95612 PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. © 2022 PHANTOM WINES • CLARKSBURG, CA • PHANTOMWINE.COM