Every year around this time, we here at Bogle take a moment to be grateful for another season completed. Wrapping up this year’s successful harvest was a huge accomplishment, especially in light of the difficulties so many of our fellow vintners had this season. Our family is thankful for the long hours and dedication of our crew. Without everyone’s hard work, the 2017 vintage would simply not be possible!
The Bogle Family & Staff
Supporting Our Neighbors Here in Northern California
For most people, nightmares are easy to wake up from. But for the over 100,000 people displaced and affected by the Northern California wildfires last month, there was literally no escape. Our hearts went out to our neighbors just a few hours away and we wanted to do something to help.
#CAWineStrong brought together wineries, restaurants, and other local businesses to join forces and contribute to those in need. Bogle was proud to be a part of this movement through our tasting room in Clarksburg. From October 13th through the 31st, 20% of our tasting room sales went directly to those affected. The Bogle family also matched any cash donations received in our tasting room.
“We were just so touched by our customers’ generosity,” says Jody Bogle. “We want to thank all of you who have stepped in to help so many in need.”
Bogle Vineyards will be matching the $2,200 cash contributions made in our tasting room, with a total donation at this time of nearly $20,000. With rebuilding efforts just getting underway, there will be much more need in the coming months for support. “We know that this is going to affect the region, and the wine industry, for a long time.”
If you’d like to contribute, it is not too late. For more information or to make a donation, click #CAWineStrong.
REVERENCE: A Wine to Share for the Holidays
In family businesses that span generations, it is important to remember your history, while at the same time strive to move forward. With winemaking, we find ourselves able to do both of these things with our newest wine release: Reverence.
A Bordeaux-style blend that combines the best hand-selected field lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the wine is one the entire Bogle family and winemaking team is proud of. 100% barrel aged in neutral and new French oak for 26 months, the wine boasts a full body, supple mid-palate, rich fruit complexity, and a satisfying finish. And while it is delicious now, Reverence has the cellaring capability to age through 2030.
Limited in production and available only at our tasting room in Clarksburg, we hope that this wine is enjoyed as we intended: celebrating family and the generations who have come before…leading the way for generations to come.
Being Green Has Never Been So Cute
As landowners in the Sacramento River Delta, local farmers are required to maintain their own levee systems. Regional “reclamation districts” are created by locals to handle routine maintenance such as clearing brush and debris and ensuring visibility during times of high water.
Here on Merritt Island, Reclamation District 150 manages the levees that channel the Sacramento River to our east and Elk Slough to our west. Currently, the weed whacker of choice is the Capra aegagrus hircus, aka: the domesticated goat.
Roger Berry, a district trustee for the last 20 years, believes the goats are the best way to take care of our levees.
“We used to do a lot of burning,” says Berry, “but then you end of burning things you don’t want burned. The goats do a better job and over time, you end of up with more grass and less noxious weeds.”
Used throughout the Delta, these herds of up to 750 goats rotate through the levees, munching down weeds, vegetation, and small shrubs in days what might otherwise take a crew weeks to knock down.
The steep levees are also no problem for the goats, who often climb up trees to get at the low hanging branches.
“They’ll eat the lower 3 or 4 feet off a tree as well, which helps with our visibility,” says Berry. “Landowners really enjoy having the goats on the island. They’re a good thing!”