By Chris Macias, Bee Food and Wine Writer
The remembrances have been coming all day, following the news that Patty Bogle passed away on Friday due to complications of leukemia. The comments section of the story along with Bogle's Facebook page have been filling steadily with well-wishers and condolences from friends, family and fans of the Clarksburg winery that Patty helped put on the country's wine map.
In my years of covering wine, I'm not sure I've comes across anyone in the wine industry who was so universally liked and well-regarded. When I profiled Patty and her family for a story in 2009, I was struck with her unfailing good nature, helpfulness and candor about elements of her family business along with the health struggles that ultimately claimed her life at the age of 59. While spending time with her in Clarksburg - as she talked about staying competitive in the cutthroat wine industry, plus transitioning the family winery to her children - you could tell she was an extremely astute businesswoman.
Patty was also a champion of petite sirah, a grape which produces a rich, inky wine and grows well near the Sacramento Delta. It was this grape, along with chenin blanc, that created the foundation for a winery that now ships some 1.2 million cases a year.
Patty, the wine drinkers around the Sacramento area and parts beyond raise a toast to you. Rest in peace, and best wishes to the Bogle family as they continue the winery's mission.