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Director of Winemaking
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Winemakers | Bogle Vineyards
Director of Winemaking After growing up in Livermore and spending summers working at wineries, Eric graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in chemistry and didn't waste any time jumping into the wine industry. He joined Bogle in 1994 and has directed the winery through many years of growth. While much has changed, what has not is the commitment to handcrafting wines of the finest quality and the best value in California. Balancing use of modern equipment and technologies with time-tested traditional methods of winemaking, Eric is proud of each and every bottle that carries the Bogle name.
BOGLE VINEYARDS :: Staff
Director of Winemaking In Eric Aafedt's 18 years at Bogle, much has changed. What has not, is the commitment to handcrafting wines of the finest quality and the best value in California. Balancing use of modern equipment and technologies with time-tested traditional methods of winemaking, Eric is proud of each and every bottle that carries the Bogle name.
Eric Aafedt, Bogle Director of Winemaking, from 1994 to today
BOGLE FAMILY TREE Eric Aafedt, Bogle Director of Winemaking In the fledgling years of the winery, it seemed as if Eric Aafedt spent just as much time in the Bogle family home as he did in the cellar next door. "The sales desk, the fax machine, the production meetings…everything was at the house then," says Eric. "It was almost like we lived there. We used to check the refrigerator to see if there were any leftovers we could grab. I can still picture a young Ryan Bogle sitting on the couch watching television while we reviewed the harvest schedule," Eric, who was 28 at the time, said laughing. Hired as Assistant Winemaker, Eric initially believed he would spend just a few harvests with Bogle Vineyards and take another job somewhere else in California. That thought didn't last long. "From my first day at the winery, I absolutely fell in love with Clarksburg," he says. One of his fondest memories is of a day when his tenure was actually in jeopardy. "After harvest, we would taste each vineyard lot individually, so we had them all out in Patty's dining room. There were thick sheets of construction paper down to protect the table, but they extended over the edges," said Aafedt. "I had a full dump bucket and set it down on paper, with no table underneath. Red wine splattered everywhere, all over the walls, all over the new carpet, and all over Patty." Thank goodness for Eric, the red wine stain eventually came out, and the tastings are no longer held in the Bogle family home, partly for that very reason. But the practice of vinting each vineyard lot, and tasting to ensure the highest quality each year continues today. Eric says he loves the yearly challenge of creating the best wines possible. "Each vintage the grapes are slightly different, but we have always invested in improving quality each and every year. Making delicious, approachable, varietally correct wines and doing so consistently is my favorite part of the job. Eric has managed the entire production team since he was named Director of Winemaking in 2012. When not at the winery, Eric enjoys biking and occasionally rides along the river from his home in Sacramento to the winery in Clarksburg, which takes about an hour. Eric lives in midtown with his wife, Debbie, and their 7-month-old daughter, Anya.
Eric Aafedt, Director of Winemaking at Bogle Vineyards. (PHOTO COURTESY BOGLE VINEYARDS)
At least thatâ€™s how Eric Aafedt sees it. What the uninitiated donâ€™t know about petite sirah is its origin, Aafedt explained. â€œPetite sirah is synonymous with the French variety Durif,â€� he said. â€œIn the 1860s Francois Durif cross-pollinated syrah with peloursin to create a variety resistant to powdery mildew. The variety was named after him.â€� Aafedt said heâ€™s good at crafting petite sirah because he had great training in the varietal. â€œI learned a lot about petite sirah and winemaking while working for Concannon Vineyards in Livermore in the mid to late â€˜80s,â€� Aafedt said. â€œJim Concannon is known to be the first winemaker to bottle petite sirah and label it as so. This was in the early â€˜60s.â€� Aafedt said he found Bogle appealing because it has a rich history in growing petite sirah.
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"If it's not (an established variety), it's a tough sell," said Eric Aafedt, winemaker at Bogle Vineyards in Clarksburg.