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Food & Drink

Central Valley winery wins national award; wine website to check out while stuck at home


Wine Enthusiast magazine honored Bogle Vineyards with its Wine Star Award for American Winery of the Year. I am not surprised.

I’ve been a fan, or better yet a cheerleader, for Bogle for nearly 40 years. The reason is simple, their quality to price ratio. In other words they produce excellent wine using sustainably certified grapes grown from the 1,900 acres they farm in the Clarksburg AVA and sell if for an unbelievably low price. Bogle has made the Wine Enthusiast’s Best Buy selection many times and for good reason, quality and value.

Clarksburg is Petite Sirah country and Bogle’s is a favorite and under $12. The Pinot Noir and Old Vine Zinfandel always score well and I’ve mentioned their award-winning Sauvignon Blanc many times in this column. All of their wines meet my “What’s on our Table” criteria. They are an excellent value to price, readily available and priced under $20. Cheers to the Bogle Family for a well-deserved award, The American Winery of the Year!

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Home isolation blues

Are you starting to get the blues or blahs from this home stay situation? Here is something I’ve done and so far, it’s been it’s been working. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite wine, sit down at your computer and go to Click on Wine and Food, then click Meet the Grapes and you will see a line of 14 empty wine glasses. Click on one, and red wine fills the glass. It gives the name of the wine and the descriptors. Also it suggests what foods to pair with it. Pretty cool, yes?

So, if for instance you’d like to find out what food Bogle Petite Sirah works well with check it out. There are reds, whites, roses, sparkling and dessert wines to explore. You can also read the tips on selecting, tasting and serving wine, wine ordering etiquette and a crash course called Wine 101. Click on the six major wine regions for maps, wineries and current activities (those now postponed!). OK, time for a little more wine, a bite of food and then take a nap. Discovering California wines while enjoying a glass of your favorite wine can help calm those isolation blues.

What’s on our table

The steal: The Lange Twins Estate 2018 Rose of Sangiovese was a Wine Enthusiast Best Buy (90 pts). I found it for under $5 at the Grocery Outlet.

The deal: OZV 2017 Lodi Zin was a Best of Class/Double Gold winner at the SF Chronicle Tasting. It is under $10 at Costco.

The splurge: Qupe 2016 Bien Nacido Block Eleven Chardonnay has an SRP of $30 but it is supermarket sale priced under $24. Cheers!

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