It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of a true pioneer of the wine industry in California. This week, we had to say goodbye to Patty Bogle, who with her husband built Bogle Vineyards from 18 acres of grapes into a successful regional winery, which is now one of the largest in the country.
The Bogles have always been a close friend of the Concannon family, and we send our condolences from one winemaking family to another.
Patty was known far and wide for her expertise when it came to winemaking, overseeing operations for Bogle Vineyards while her husband, Chris, ran the company’s agricultural program. When Chris passed away in 1997, her son Warren Bogle, Jr. took over where he left off, and the vineyard never seemed to miss a beat.
She was also a very strong advocate for Petite Sirah, a grape variety we also specialize in that produces red, rich wine and grows very well in the soils of the vineyards in Clarksburg and the Livermore Valley in California. Her work in putting this varietal on the map has helped several wineries in our area, including Concannon Vineyard.
One of Patty’s crowning achievements was in 2000 when she was named “Woman of the Year” by the California Legislature as a symbol of her success in the business world. She was very deserving this honor and felt that it was a wonderful gesture of the hard work and dedication that she put into her craft.
To this day, Bogle Vineyards continues to be a family company. Warren Jr. has served as president of the vineyards since 2002, and Patty’s daughter, Jody Bogle VanDePol, is secretary of the board of directors. Her youngest son, Ryan, joined the family business in 2008 is now vice president.
We were all shocked in 2007 when Patty was diagnosed with myeloid leukemia, and she was forced to take a step back from her duties at the vineyards. However, always the tough spirit, she appeared to bounce back, living cancer-free and even getting married before the cancer returned in October 2009.
As we continue to mourn this loss, we would like to leave you with some thoughts from a dear friend of Patty’s, 3rd generation vintner, James Concannon:
It was with great sadness that we learned of the loss of Patty Bogle. A truly great and inspirational lady!
My wife Helen and I had a chance to know Patty when she joined us in traveling across the United States with several other vintners presenting Petite Sirah. Many in the wine industry will certainly miss her enthusiasm, energy, and positive attitude.
The entire Concannon family wishes to extend their sincere thoughts to those she held dear.