This is the first of many blog posts from the Wine Gals about Sacramento wineries. 

My name is Julie and I work for the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau.  I also work at Bogle Winery a few weekends a month pouring wine in the Tasting Room. I know it sounds rough but someone has to do it!!  I would like to introduce you to my office on those weekends, which is the Bogle Tasting Room.  If my information is not enough, Bogle can be found on Facebook, where you can become a fan and see what is happening at the winery. 

Bogle is one of the largest wineries in California. We sold over a million cases last year.  You may recognize the label.  Bogle is located about 20 minutes from downtown Sacramento. 

If you are looking for things to do in Sacramento, California, this should be on your list!  The directions are pretty easy.  You head south on I-5 and take the Pocket Road Exit, turn left and then a right on Freeport Blvd (aka Highway 160), which takes you through the Delta.  Drive through the cute town of Freeport and turn right to go over the Freeport Bridge.  After you cross the bridge you take a left and you will find yourself on the River Road; it is a nice 2- lane road along the Sacramento River which you will take for about 5 miles.  Along the way you will see to your right an industrial area with silos. This is a winery called the Sugar Mill which houses several different wineries.  You will hear more about the Sugar Mill from the other wine gal!  You will pass through the small town of Clarksburg and start to see acres of vineyards on your right. Take a right onto Road 141 and then go left at the "Y" which is Road 144. This is where your road trip becomes a little more interesting. It is a two-way road but very narrow, with a slough on your right and vineyards on your left.  The slough offers some turtle sightings, fishermen and kayaking and maybe a creature lurking under the murky waters!  But it is worth the short (1.5 mile) narrow trip as you will reach Bogle Vineyards on your left!!!

Bogle offers several wines to taste, if you are looking for free events in Sacramento, this is a good choice as there is no charge to taste our fabulous wines.  Bogle has over 1300 acres of vines. The varietal Petite Sirah  is what we grow the most and is our signature wine!  The tasting room sits amongst Chardonnay vineyards and there is a lovely picnic area where you can enjoy your friends and family on a sunny Sacramento day with good food and Bogle wine. Here is a group doing just that.

If you are looking for scenic Sacramento biking areas, ride along the Delta to this winery. Bogle has many cyclist groups stop by for a quick taste.  Sometimes they have their rides pick them up there so they can enjoy more than just a taste!

I hope you enjoyed learning about the Bogle Tasting Room; it is a charming Sacramento attraction. 

The next blog will get to the important topic, the Bogle wines. You may even hear from the
winemaker himself!!  Just to tease you a bit, my favorite Bogle white wine is Sauvignon Blanc. It is so nice and light, not too grassy, just right for the upcoming spring and summer days we will be having!  I have been known to offer a taste to those who say they don't like light wines only to find out after they have tasted our Sauvignon Blanc that they do!! Oh and to tease you even more we have a lovely sparkling wine made with 100% Chardonnay grapes from our very own ranch and it is only available at the winery!

Until next time, enjoy no wine before its time....but if you're like me the time is now!!!