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Wine Buzz: Three Bogle wines named to Wine Spectators 'outstanding values' list

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3D

File this one under "unintentional oversight." "Wine Buzz" mentioned last week some big accolades for Terre Rouge & Easton Wines of Amador County, which earned a spot on Wine Spectator's list of 100 outstanding values of 2012 for its Easton 2010 Zinfandel Amador County ($18).

Well, turns out they weren't the only locals who made the list.

Bogle Vineyards of Clarksburg didn't just make the list, it pulled a hat trick. Three of its wines made the cut for Wine Spectator's list of outstanding values of 2012. They are: Bogle 2009 Merlot California ($10), Bogle 2010 Chardonnay California ($10) and the Bogle 2009 Sauvignon Blanc California ($10).

That's quite a score for the family-run winery in the Sacramento Delta, and good for locals since Bogle wines are so easy to find at local supermarkets and bottle shops. It may take a little searching to find the exact Bogle wines that were listed in Wine Spectator. Bogle has since released newer vintages of all these wines, but some stray bottles from past vintages might still be out in the marketplace.

Either way, while these wines are listed as "California," meaning they come from grapes sourced around the state, they still have their heart near Sacramento. The merlot, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc all include Clarksburg grapes, while also including fruit from such locales as Monterey County, Lodi and the Russian River Valley.

For more information: www.boglewinery.com.

Local wine on the Web

If you're thinking of taking a break from holiday shopping and want to taste some wine – or heck, maybe you don't need any excuse to go taste – surf over to eldoradowines.org. This website for the El Dorado Winery Association recently debuted its revamped look and includes detailed listings for its 35 member wineries.

The El Dorado Winery Association has also been touting a new marketing campaign, "Taste at a Higher Level," which references the region's high- altitude vineyards which range from 1,200 to 3,000 feet above sea level.

Once again, to learn more about El Dorado County wines, visit eldoradowines.org

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