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Delta winery, Bogle Vineyards, planted vines inside Raley Field

By Monica Stark

The Sacramento River Cats and Bogle Vineyards have teamed up to install the country’s first-ever wine grape vineyard inside a professional sports stadium on Thursday, May 25. A special planting ceremony was held as the two organizations planted the first grape vines inside the all-new Bogle Vineyard at Raley Field.

1.jpgThe vineyard project started just over a month ago with Raley Field clearing out the space and prepping the ground. The vines went in May 20-21 with Thursday, May 25 being the official unveiling.

The grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon and there are 27 vines that have been planted over roughly an 85 foot by 16 foot space. Once the grapes are ready to be picked, which is likely to be 2019, Bogle will harvest the grapes and age them in American Oak. The vineyard will produce about one barrel of wine, or 288 bottles.

If the quality of the grapes meet Bogle’s high standards of quality, spokesperson Robert Barsanti said, “we’re likely to do a special “Raley Field” bottle of the wine, much like one of Bogle’s reserves.”

“Baseball and wine have been a part of the Sacramento community dating back to the 1800s. Planting a vineyard inside Raley Field is a perfect tie back to our region’s longstanding farming traditions along the Sacramento River,” said Jeff Savage, President of the Sacramento River Cats.

The vineyard is an active, living vineyard and will be cared for just like Bogle’s other 1,600 acres of estate vineyards. The care will be provided by Bogle themselves – who will make regular visits to the ballpark – and the Raley Field Ground Crew, Barsanti said.

“The Bogle family first planted wine grapes in Clarksburg in 1968 and today we are thrilled to carry on that tradition of firsts by planting a vineyard inside one of the finest baseball venues in the country,” said Warren Bogle, President of Bogle Vineyards. “We are grateful to the Savage family and the River Cats for allowing us to create a living vineyard that truly exemplifies Sacramento region’s farm-to-fork movement.”

Bogle Vineyards, a sustainably driven winery located in Clarksburg, is owned and operated by the sixth generation of Bogles to live and work in the Sacramento Delta region. While Bogle wines are sold in various arenas throughout the country, this is the first time the family has planted its own vines in a professional sports stadium.

River City High School Weekly Sports

River City High School Weekly Sports

2/8/2017 to 2/15/2017

Wednesday 2/8/2017
Boys’ Basketball @ Yuba City – FR 4:00/JV 5:30/Varsity 7:00

Thursday 2/9/2017
Girls Basketball vs Woodland – JV 5:30/ Varsity 7:00 Senior Night

Saturday 2/11/2017
Wrestling @ League Tournament @ Yuba City – TBA
Boys’ Rugby vs Cougars – JV 9:00am/Varsity 10:30am
Girls’ Rugby vs Chico – 12:00pm

Monday 2/13/2017
Boys’ Soccer vs Woodland – JV 5:00/Varsity 7:00 Senior Night
Boys’ Basketball @ Woodland – FR 4:00/JV 5:30/Varsity 7:00

Tuesday 2/14/2017
Girls’ Soccer vs Woodland – JV 5:00/Varsity 7:00 Senior Night
Girls’ Basketball @ River Valley – JV 5:30/Varsity 7:00

Wednesday 2/15/2017
Boys’ Soccer @ River Valley – JV 5:00/Varsity 7:00
Boys’ Basketball vs River Valley – FR 4:00/JV 5:30/Varsity 7:00 Senior Night

Longtime West Sacramentan is docent at the drought-tolerant exhibit at the California State Fair

By Monica Stark
editor@news-ledger.com

Tucked behind Building B at the California State Fair lies a large outdoor garden area, from exhibits on rice farming, to aquaponics, there’s also a drought-tolerant display which demonstrates how to transform a typical lawn to a low-water Shangri-La, which was planted in May and will be on display for three years.
With California in its fifth year of drought, inspiring visitors to make conservation a way of life is what Department of Water Resource’s three California State Fair exhibits are designed to accomplish now through July 24. The trio of exhibits, dubbed Conservation: The California Lifestyle, feature drought-tolerant landscaping ideas, edible gardens and take-home information on conservation. Flyers are available for DWR turf rebates and water-wise plant lists.
Evelyn Tipton, a resident of the Summerfield area in West Sacramento, retired from the California Department of Water Resources after 36 years as a civil engineer and volunteers at the fair at one of the department’s outdoor exhibits.
“We have rebates and everyone calls up the department and says, ‘Well, how do we get the rebates? What do we do to convert our yards?’ So we set up the exhibit to go through the entire process from planning, stripping the yard out, irrigation system, hardscaping, plant selection, different types of landscaping.”
Tipton said in order to qualify for the rebates projects should be done in 120 days, though with the help of professionals it could be done in just a few days. Before and after pictures are definitely recommended.
Asked what some of the biggest challenges one faces when undergoing this kind of transformation, Tipton said, laughing, “Bermuda grass.” Also, “understanding and being able to plan out and picture it, that’s my problem. My daughter’s a photographer so she is really good at laying things out. ‘I know this will look good here and here and here.’ Me: I can do the technical stuff, but laying out is the hardest part for me and then it’s just the matter of the labor.”
While the California Department of Water Resources main concern is water supply, the rebates and encouraging drought-tolerant landscapes to this extent is a rather new undertaking. Prior residents would typically content their local water supplier, Tipton said. “We’re statewide and usually it’s a local water supplier that’s involved with the smaller areas.”
Giving a tour of the state fair display, Tipton started at the beginning: The planning stage. “You have to map out your house, your yard, how much area you are working with, the direction it’s facing (south, west, north, east) – that makes a great deal of difference of where you put your plants. You need to know where your shade’s going to be. If you have a north side face, you’ll pretty much be in the shade the whole time. It depends what kind of soil you got. In West Sacramento, in my area, it’s pretty much all clay, not so organic. Clay holds water but it’s not that easy to work with. It doesn’t drain well and it tends to run off, rather than soak in. So you have to amend your clay soil with gypsum or a lot of organic soil. Gypsum goes into the molecules and breaks up the individual, but the particles in clay soil are so fine that it breaks it apart chemically to loosen up your clay soil. And, then you add organic to it.”
You need to figure out where you are going to have your trees, Tipton advised, recommending putting trees near streets and driveways.
“We like to drive around neighborhoods and see what others have done, find projects we really like.” Also, during the planning stage, sign up for rebates, she suggested.
After the planning stage, it’s time for turf removal. Tipton recommends RoundUp and/or solarization (covering the problem area with a black tarp that will cook the grass). Solarization does sterilize the area so Tipton said you need to add in some worms and mulch. Or, you can also just dig up the grass. Then you lay down cardboard or newspaper. “I need to level my yard, put mulch on it. The advantage of this is when you want to plant it, you don’t want to have to remove the cardboard. You can clear out the mulch, cut a hole, and stick it in through the hole. That keeps the weeds out too.”
You need to lay out your yard and add a controller that will control how much water goes to each area. After that if you have any hardscaping paths, this is the time to put in walkways. Just make sure you put down permeable landscape material, sand on top and then lay your rock or brick into that. Just be sure you compact that sand pretty well or the rocks will shift.
Then you put the mulch down, followed by planting, suggested Tipton. “You need to put the right kind of plants together. If plants take more water, you need them in one area. Shade-loving plants you need to put them in the shade. And take into account how big those plants are going to grow. The fair display includes a pollinator garden, where they have salvia, butterfly bush, lantana.” Besides the pollinator garden, there are fruit trees on display as well as vegetables.
To get some more great ideas visit Tipton at the fair. The display is open everyday until the fair ends on Sunday. Visit www.castatefair.org for more information.

Weekly River City High School Sports calendar and highlights

Calendar for the week of April 27- May 4

Wednesday, April 27:
-Boys Volleyball at Woodland at 6 p.m.
-Boys Tennis: T.C.C. Tournament, all day

Thursday, April 28:
-Boys Tennis: T.C.C. Tournament, all day
-Girls Soccer: home vs. Rio Linda, Varsity at 6:30 pm. JV at 5 p.m. SENIOR NIGHT
-Baseball JV/Varsity at Yuba City at 7 p.m.
-Freshman Baseball: Home vs. Yuba City at 4:15 p.m.

Friday, April 29:
-Varsity/JV Baseball: Home vs. Yuba City at 4:15 p.m.
-Softball at Woodland at 4:15 p.m.
-Swim: TCC Swim Champs at 8am

Monday, May 2:
-Boys Tennis: Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Team Playoffs
-Boys Volleyball: Home vs. River Valley at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3:
-Girls Soccer at River Valley, JV at 5 p.m., Varsity at 7 p.m.
-Boys Tennis: Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Team Playoffs

Wednesday, May 4:
-Softball: Home vs. River Valley at 4:15 p.m.
-Boys Volleyball: Home vs. Rio Linda at 6 p.m.

Sports Highlights: April 13-April 20

April 13:
-Boys Tennis beat Yuba City 9-0.

April 14:
-Softball played in Victory tournament and tied both games.

April 15:
-Softball played two games in victory tournament and won both games
-JV baseball played Rio Linda and won 12-0. Andrew Gully pitched and threw a no hitter!
-Varsity Baseball won 6-5.

April 19:
-JV Baseball played Pioneer and lost 1-0.
-Varsity Baseball played Pioneer and won 5-3.

April 20:
-Softball: Varsity played Inderkum and lost 4-3.
-JV Softball played Inderkum and lost by 3 pts.
-Boys Tennis played Woodland and won 9-0.

TCC League Standing for River City:
-Softball is 5-1.
-Girls Varsity Soccer is 7-1.
-Girls JV soccer is 6-1-1
-Varsity Baseball: 3-5.
-JV Baseball: 5-3.
-Tennis: 9-0.