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Winter, Officially Begins

This Saturday, 12-21-19.


During the Winter months, there will be a lot going on in the vineyards; mainly pruning.

is the first task of our season, and since we have many months until Bud-Break in the Spring,
we are not in any hurry.


When is the perfect time,

to prune the vineyard?


This question is complicated and has a few answers.

When to prune depends on factors like,

workforce management, frost prone vineyards
weather conditions to name a few.

simple answer is, that one can prune
after a
hard frost; which has already
occurred a few weeks ago.

One of the most visible signs of a hard frost,
is that all the leaves have fallen off the plant
and last year’s growth is hardened off.


It is important that every vineyard owner or manager
 determines; when is the best time
to prune their vineyard? 

We have an
easy system; we start pruning with the young vines that we planted last year,
and vineyards where frost is not an issue.

There are benefits for
pruning early
and benefits for pruning late.
It all depends on the

One of the main reasons we start pruning
this time of year, is our
labor force.

vineyard employees, are employed all year long and pruning is a large task that can keep them employed until our busy Springtime.


While pruning, during this time of year, what problematic issues are we looking for in the vineyards?



1. Scion-rooting: Most grapevines in Sonoma are two plants grafted together, to make one. Make sure that the scion (the variety part of the plant above the bud-union) is not growing roots. This could be fatal to the plant due to most scion wood is not phylloxera resistant.

Phylloxera is caused by, a small insect that feeds on the roots of the vine, and will gradually cut off all nutrients to the vine.
2. Girdling: Most grapevines get tied to the trellis’s fruiting wire. If due to growth, the ties or tape are too tight from the year before it can girdle the plant.

Some ties can last up to three years and are uncapable of stretching as the cordon grows.

3. Short shoots: When pruning this is a great time to look at last year’s growth and the diameter of the shoots, and determine if they are sick or unhealthy. 
When you come across a short shoot, sometimes it is best to leave only one bud instead of two.

4. Mildew:  The wood can show stains of mildew activity from the prior year.  Normally, in young vineyards where a fungicide program was not used. If seen, it is a sign to apply a dormant fungicide to eradicate. There are organic products available for this issue.

5. Rabbit and Deer Fencing:  Some vineyards do not need rabbit and deer fencing, but for those that do, this is a good time to look and see if the fence is rabbit and deer proof for the upcoming “Bud-Break”.

Rabbit damage on young vines or deer damage on tender young shoots, early in the growing season,
can cause serious issues for the vineyard.

There are more things to look for, but the key issue is; when you are in your vineyard, look around and you will see issues before they become major problems.

Prevention is always the best medicine.


Quote of the Week:

“December, being the last month of the year, can’t resist the chance to make us consider what is to come.”

― Fennel Hudson


 Olive Harvest Party


2019 Season Release

Saturday November 21st
12:00PM to 3:00PM


Come in for an Olive Oil Tasting…

And some Bites and Holiday Cheer!


Enter to Win a Door-Prize!
Leave your business card
and sign up for our Newsletter for a chance to win 
one of 3 Door-Prizes


Taste some of the fabulous Stonewall Kitchen amazing jams, jellies, mustards, mayonnaises, baking items and more!

You will definitely want to add some to your
holiday menu and festivities!


While you are here,  you can pick up some fabulous gifts and
stocking stuffer items!


We will even wrap them up for you!

Come in and check out all the great gift items!
Do you need a hostess gift?  Something for a friend?

Or even a treat for yourself?

We've got you covered...Come on in and check it out!




Come in and check out our Bird Boxes from:


Their Green Agriculture Approach,  provides an environmentally friendly approach, for controlling rodents,
significantly reducing crop loss
with minimal use of chemicals.


Rodent Control - Nature’s Way!
“Due to increasing rodent populations and a need to reduce chemical use in the field,
use of barn owls in agriculture, is rapidly increasing.” 


you can use these boxes to help control pests without using poison and insecticides.

We have the boxes here for purchase.


 For more information, Please Call 707-938-7917
or email:

“Olive Sonoma” 

Arbequina Olive Oil,
just so happens to be David Cook’s and my favorite.

Won a  Gold AWARD  at the

2019 World Olive Oil Competition


“Olive Sonoma” Arbequina, is a well-balanced olive oil,
with tasting sensations of Almond, Celery, Chamomile and Black Pepper


Arbequina goes well drizzled over meats to bring out their intense flavors.
It’s also great in pesto (I use it in mine) and salad dressings.

Interesting fact:  A customer recommends using Arbequina for baking.  She told me that she substitutes it for butter and used it in her Brownie Recipe!



Exciting New Classes & Events at Cook's!

19626 8th Street East, Sonoma, CA  95476

2020 Cheese Class Schedule 

Our Cheese Classes are the First Friday of the Month,
from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  unless otherwise noted.

Complimentary Wine Tasting is included in each class. 
Each participant receives a recipe, and a delicious sample of cheese. 
Artisanal cheeses for tasting before and during class.
Our informative and highly interactive classes are taught by the
award winning team from The Epicurean Connection.

Each cheese class is $40.00, payable at time of registration.

Give us a call at 707-938-7917 to reserve your space now!



January 10, 2020 *The perfect class for our Vegan & Dairy Free Customers!
Vegan Cheese Class, Welcome to the New Year
Almond Feta, Soy Farmers Cheese
and Hemp Ricotta

February 7, 2020            
Chocolate Chèvre Tortas with Winter
Jams & Chocolate

March 6, 2020                  
Creme Fraiche & Vinegar Making Class
Spring Salad with Creme Fraiche Vinaigrette

April 3, 2020
Buttermilk, Sour Cream & Kefir & Kefir Soda with Spring fruits

May 1, 2020                                   
Creme de Ricotta & Poached Salmon

June 5, 2020                                           
Chèvre, Creme Fraiche & Fromage Blanc with local honey

July                 No Class
August            No Class

September 4, 2020                    
Feta Three Ways with fresh pressed harvest grape juice

October 2, 2020                          
Pumpkins stuffed with Maple Creme de Ricotta     

November 6, 2020                 

Sage Cheese Curds
December 4, 2020

Cheese, Chocolate Truffles, three ways!
Chèvre, Fromage Blanc and a blend of Chèvre/Creme, Fromage Blanc
Coated with dark, milk and white chocolate, along with sprinkles & spices.
Each guest will make truffles to enjoy and or take home.

For More information on these classes, please visit:
or call the store at



Click the Buy Now  Link below
and someone will contact you regarding signing up for a class
Buy Now



 Do you need to rent a Van or Truck? 

Need moving supplies?

CVM is an Authorized U-Haul Dealer
We can help you with your moving needs

 Call: 707-948-7917  or  707-938-7917

Have you been to CVM / Cook's lately? 

19626 Eighth Street East  Sonoma CA  95476


  If not, drop by and see what's new!





We have expanded our Wine and Beer Making Supplies, in addition to having a larger than ever Gift Section.  Check out our beautiful selection of Wine Country Gifts - Rosy Ring and Frasier Fir Candles and home goods, Harry Barker Dog bowls, leashes and collars, slate cheese plates, Stolzle Wine Glasses,  Olive Sonoma Olive Oil, McEvoy Ranch Products, Stonewall Kitchen Specialty Food Gifts and More!




Vineyard and Irrigation Supplies.

If you use it in the vineyard... we sell it at the store.

We also carry Beer and Winemaking Supplies along with Specialty gifts.

We are an Authorized Dealer!

The CVM Store, or "Cook's" as the locals call us,  is located at
19626 Eighth Street East, Sonoma. 
Our hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Monday through Saturday.

We are looking forward to serving you!  Please drop by the store or call with questions.

707-938-7917  "Cook's", The CVM Store Direct Line
707.490.8921 After Hours

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