CLARKSBURG – By any of the usual measures, the Bogles can label themselves successful. Their family business put Sacramento on the world's wine map and is on track to ship 1.2 million cases to 20 countries this year, with a net worth edging toward $100 million.
Yet today a dramatic shift is occurring at Bogle Vineyards – one as imperceptible to customers as it is unusual among modern-day wineries.
This Sacramento Delta acreage, where Bogles first began farming field corn and sugar beets six generations ago, in the 1850s, is being handed down from matriarch Patty Bogle to three of her children: Warren, Jody and Ryan. ...
More than 50 California wineries have merged or been acquired by an outside company since 2004, according to the Wine Institute, a California trade group. And half of family-owned wineries are expected to change hands by 2017, according to a survey by Silicon Valley Bank and Napa's Scion Advisors.
So far, not the Bogles....
Clarksburg certainly wasn't Napa, where some wine brands were mentioned in the same breath as Bordeaux and could fetch hundreds of dollars. The Bogles had a down-home strategy: wines to drink with dinner, not collect like trophies.
"Anyone can make a great wine for $100 a bottle that you only have for your birthday," Patty said. "We want to make wine for the other 364 days."