Out-of-the-way Wine Tasting in Northern California
To get to Bogle Vineyards, I drive along a tiny highway that winds along the Sacramento River, past pear orchards, across an old drawbridge, and finally into Clarksburg farms and wine country. The last stretch to Bogle takes me past their huge vineyards and finally down a tiny tree-lined road. The winery seems to be in the middle of nowhere and yet is just off Interstate 5 and south of the city of Sacramento. The rural feeling of this place is enhanced by the laid back, welcoming atmosphere of the winery.
Bogle is one of California's largest producers of wine, with vineyards of old vines around the winery plus larger ones scattered around the state. Wine tasting here is free. The whole experience is unpretentious yet full of the details that can make California wine tasting memorable: a nice tasting room, wine making equipment and barrels for the curious to look at, a lovely outdoor picnic area next to the vineyards, and lots of peace and quiet.
Bogle Vineyards is open for visitors daily 11:00-5:00 and is less than 10 miles south of Sacramento.