Wine Buzz: Bogle Vineyards hosting Earth Day event

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3D

Earth Day arrives Sunday, and the family behind Bogle Vineyards invites you to come out and maybe get your feet a little muddy, too.

Part of Sunday's event will take place right in Bogle's chardonnay vineyards, adjacent to the winery's tasting room, where Warren Bogle, company president and vineyard manager, will discuss Bogle's sustainable grape-growing practices.

It's recommended that participants wear shoes that they're not afraid of getting a little soiled.

Winemaker Chris Smith will also discuss Bogle's sustainable winemaking practices. A reception right in the vineyard will follow. The discussion part of the event is expected to last about an hour.

"It's going to be a fun, casual event," said Jody Bogle, who runs customer affairs and international sales for the winery. "Warren will talk about the (sustainable) practices we use in the vineyards, and these aren't new. He learned these things from our dad and grandfather."

Along with Ryan Bogle, the company's vice president, siblings Warren and Jody mark the family's sixth generation of farming in the Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta.

The winery was founded in 1979 by their father, the late Chris Bogle, and mother Patty Bogle, who died in 2011 following a long bout with leukemia.

This latest generation is determined to keep the winery growing. It ships about 1.2 million cases annually and was designated the country's 15th largest winery by Wine Business Monthly.

The company, which has also used production and storage facilities around Northern California, is in the process of consolidating all of its operations in Clarksburg.

"That means less trucks on the road, less gas used and us just being more efficient," said Jody Bogle.

The winery will also host events every Friday during the summer, featuring live music and food, and with extended tasting room hours to 8 p.m.

Sunday's event is free and starts at 10 a.m. Bogle Vineyards is at 37783 County Road 144, Clarksburg.

For more information, call (916) 744-1139 or go to

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