Earth Day arrives on 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 company president and vineyard manager Warren Bogle will discuss Bogle's sustainable grape growing practices. It's recommended that participants wear shoes that you're not afraid of getting a little soiled.
Winemaker Chris Smith will also discuss Bogle's sustainable winemaking practices, followed by a reception right in the vineyard. 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 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 their winery growing, which ships some 1.2 million cases annually and was named the country's 15th largest winery by Wine Business Monthly. The company, which has also utilized production and storage facilities around northern California, is in the process of consolodating 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 located at 37783 County Road 144 in Clarksburg. For more information: (916) 744-1139, www.boglewinery.com.