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October 2011Issue No. 23
The Bogle Stone
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Fall Soup...Sweeeet!



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The month of October has brought cooler temperatures to Clarksburg, and just the last few days, some significant rain.  Though we'd like to hunker down with a glass of red wine and a cozy blanket just as much as the next guy, we want to get those grapes off the vine even more!  Wish us luck as we continue the epic battle: Farmer vs. Mother Nature!
October also brings lots of pink with it as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  To contribute, Bogle will be donating this month's proceeds from the sale of our Petite Sirah Rosé, as well as all pink vests and jackets to the cause.  Stop by and buy pink!
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              THE  BOGLE  STONE           
 Bogle Stone1
Many years ago, a young couple from Scotland came into our tasting room in Clarksburg. As we talked about the history of the family and the winery, our common heritage was a fun topic, since the Bogle branch of the family tree has roots in the Gaelic nation. "Bogle" is the Scottish word for "ghost", which has influenced some of the wines we have produced, namely the Phantom, as well as the Ghosts Du Roam and Ghost Du Blanc. Our guests told us of something called the Bogle Stone, located near Glasgow. Someday we'll get there, we said.
 My Cabbie Stephen
So when I recently had the opportunity to be in Glasgow for 36 hours while working with our importer in the UK, my mission was pretty clear:  find the Bogle Stone.  On a gloriously dry Sunday, I set off from my hotel with an address, an adventurous cabbie and a bottle of Phantom, which thankfully had not broken in my suitcase on the way over the Atlantic. Google told me that the stone, composed of a rare black granite, was centuries old, having been deposited at the top of Clune Brea by glaciers in the ice age.  Long associated with stories of haunting and ghosts, the stone was famed for the Bogle, Kilmacolm Roadan impish sprite who used to haunt it in days of old. Legend spoke of men returning to the dry town of Port Glasgow from pubs in nearby Kilmacolm, slightly worse for the wear, only to be tricked and impeded in their journey home. Some, legend has it, never returned.


The 20 mile drive to Port Glasgow gave me an amazing view along the River Clyde and of the gorgeous landscape of Scotland. Following the directions we had, my cabbie Stephen found the area where the stone was said to be. Inquiries of a few locals (walking their Scottish terrier - seriously!) didn't get us more information, until we found an older gentleman.  Though I couldn't understand a word of his thick Scottish accent, he pointed us in the right direction.

 Boglestone Sign

Larger than I expected it to be, the stone sat unremarkably on the side of the road, overlooking the hill and the River Clyde. Unmarked and unadorned, the stone had several crevices and clearly had weathered the elements in this exact spot for more generations than were possible to count. As we snapped picture after picture, the Phantom felt right at home.  


Phantom on the Bogle StoneI wondered what connection, if any, our ancestors had to this big rock. Had they lived near here? Had they farmed these hills centuries ago?  Sunshine and clouds mixed as I sat and took in the history. My trip this time didn't allow for research or records, but finding the stone was quite an accomplishment. 


 When it was time to leave, I couldn't help looking over my shoulder for the Bogle.  


Jody on Stone

Jody Bogle at the Bogle Stone ~ Sept. 18, 2011

Clue Brea, Port Glasgow, Scotland

FIRST FRIDAY:  Last of the season!

                 Newton CD Cover                     

Live Music by 

Douglas Newton and Special Guests

Come join us  tonight  for live music from 5-7pm by this singer/songwriter and his special guests.  Bring a blanket, your picnic dinner (maybe a sweatshirt!) and we'll do the rest. 



2010 RIESLING, California     
Riesling is synonymous with fall:  crisp as an apple picked freshly off the tree, sweet and juicy as a Bartlett pear ripened in the sunshine, and as spicy as the cinnamon and nutmeg used in our kitchens this time of year.  Balanced between the succulent softness and a bright acidity that keeps the wine light, this white wine is the perfect compliment to fRiesling Labelall's warm dishes.  
Available:  At retailers and wine shops nationwide.
Interested in our other current releases, click here!           


FOR YOUR CALENDAR...Octoberfests!

Saturday, Oct 8th                        4pm-5:15pm

First Fruits of the Harvest -- Clarksburg Community Church


Saturday, Oct 8th                        3pm-7pm

Kibble & Bids -- Homeward Bound Rescue & Sanctuary


Saturday, Oct 8th                         4pm-7pm

Vessels & Vines -- Sacramento Delta Youth Maritime Assn


Friday, Oct 14th                           5:30-9pm

A Taste of Sacramento -- Easter Seals


Saturday, Oct 22nd                       7pm-11pm

Oktoberfest 2011 -- Our Lady of Grace School



Monday, November 7th    6pm     $25/per person

Zocalo Wine Dinner


              SWEET POTATO SOUP
Long time employee Kristen Bruce brought us a big pot of this delicious soup, and we told her she HAD to share the recipe!  The perfect combination of savory, sweet, spicy and creamy flavors will be a new fall fav for your family, too!                                     


4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 pounds red-fleshed sweet potatoes, peeled & coarsely chopped
     (we used garnet yams)
5 cups stock, vegetable or chicken
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
1 tbsp curry powder (Madras is preferred)
2 cups crème fraîche
1/2 cup sherry
Sea salt and ground pepper, taste
For garnish:  4 tbsp crystallized ginger 



  • In a large stock pot, melt the butter and sauté the onions and carrots until slightly tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add sweet potatoes and one cup of the stock and reduce heat to low.  Cover and allow to sweat for 15 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the stock, bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add ginger, curry, crème fraîche and sherry.  Remove from heat.
  • Season to taste with salt & pepper, then puree with an immersion blender, food mill or food processor. 
  • Garnish each serving with the crystallized ginger and serve as a first course, or with a loaf of French bread and salad as dinner!  Enjoy!

 This soup is rich enough to enjoy with red wines, yet would also be great with a full-bodied white wine.  Try our 2009 Merlot or

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, or the 2010 Chardonnay or 2010 Viognier.  Velvety and smooth...both wine and meal!



Looking for a "printer friendly" version of our recipes?  We're working on it!  Until then, email us and we'll send them off to you ASAP!

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Phone: 916.744.1139

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