Cook Vineyard Management


“Vintage 2020”
has started with some great weather


Some may not like the rain, but for the wine-industry, this much needed precipitation, is a blessing.

It is all about balance and a healthy vineyard,
and it all begins with a healthy climate.

Farmers are only stewards of the land.

In our day to day operations,
here are tasks in which we have control,
however, it is
Mother Nature’s annual role
that is the most crucial.


Why is balance so important?
In the end, it is all about the grape.

From year to year, Sonoma’s soil, topography and especially its climate,
all affect the quality of our wine.

In simple terms,
we have what it takes to grow a perfect
as long as we have the perfect balance in the vineyard.

Knowing that every
vintage will have
an advantage or disadvantage,
depending on that year’s climate,
can be more than a little humbling!

The more we know about our product, “The Grape,” the more success we will have with the final product; “Our World-Class Wine.”

There are three parts of a
Grape Berry: Skin, Flesh and Seed.

Each one has a key role in the final product, the wine.

The Skin: The skin is covered by a waxy layer,
called the cuticle.
Due to its structure the skins of a grape berry
are unable to expel heat or water efficiently.

This can make the grape very susceptible to damage from many climate conditions or farming techniques.

Overwatering and extreme weather, are a few
notable examples.

Grape skins contain high levels of
phenolic compounds, which are responsible for
aroma, flavor and color.

The skin cells, also contain many types of tannins,
which influences mouthfeel and flavor, as well as astringency and bitterness.


The Flesh: The flesh of a grape berry has larger and rounder cells than the skin.

The flesh also contains
vacuoles, where many sugars are accumulated during grape berry ripening. 


The vacuole of the grape berries storage function, contributes directly to fruit quality. They are the main reservoir of grape berry cells for sugars, organic acids, aromas, flavors, ions and water, which are differently distributed throughout berry tissues.

During the transport of sucrose from the vine’s canopy it is broken down into glucose and fructose Sugars.

Sugars, are converted to alcohol in the wine making process. The
vacuoles also contain phenolic compounds and acids.

There are many types of acid present, but the two primary acids are Tartaric and Malic. The acids influence color, balance and the taste of the wine.

Most wines have a pH of 2.9 to 3.9, however,
they are evaluated in relation, to how well the acidity balances out the sweetness and bitter components.


Grape Seed: The grape seed plays a key role during the maturation of the grape, and serves to nourish the embryo during the early growth stages.

A healthy vine can help support this role. As in building
a house, it is crucial to begin with a great foundation.

The ratio of flesh and skin, to berry size, is crucial in producing a well-balanced wine, that can stand on its own in the bottle, without much enhancement.


Growing world class wine takes a perfect balance
of the right temperatures at the right time,
along with the ideal soil.

This will allow key components of the grape to thrive, and just enough heat units, to allow
the fruit to ripen at a perfect rate.

In the end, Sonoma has all the
to produce the perfect wine-grape.


Quote of the Week:

“Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested”

                                                African Proverb



Come in and check out our new
"Olive Sonoma,"
Olive Oil section, at Cook's


You can now purchase this year's, olive oil varieties:
in a bottle,
buy a food grade reusable stainless steel bottle,
a 5 liter Fusti,
or bring a bottle of your own to fill.

Come in for a tasting soon...
...and pick out your favorite!





We are proud to carry pillows
and wall décor 
by Rue Sonoma

Come in and see what we have!

"As a local Sonoma business, we celebrate all things Sonoma!"

Natalie Rupiper

Rue Sonoma is a home décor business,
based in the Sonoma Valley

 specializing in soft furnishings & wall décor.

As long time Sonoma residents, they discovered that their passionate hobby for repurposing, refinishing, and designing,
could become a full-time business.


All materials used in their designs are locally sourced in Sonoma County. All the wall décor is made with reclaimed wood - the frames are made with reclaimed redwood and the images are original designs using vintage images. The pillow covers are made with American grown & milled cottons, and the images are created using vintage images. All home décor is handmade in the Rue Sonoma studio & workshop.



Sonoma Syrup
We are proud to carry Sonoma Syrup Co. products!
Come in and taste for yourself how amazing these products are.

Almond Torte

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut a piece of wax or parchment paper to fit the bottom of an 8-inch round cake pan. Coat pan with nonstick spray, place prepared paper round in bottom of pan, and spray paper. Coat with almond flour.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat eggs with sugar and salt until thick and increased in volume, about 5 minutes. Beat in almond and vanilla extracts. In three additions, gently fold in almond flour.
  3. Evenly spread batter into prepared pan, tapping pan on counter to expel large air bubbles. Bake until golden brown and firm in center, 35-40 minutes; cool completely in pan. Invert onto serving plate, and remove wax or parchment paper.
The following recipes were created with Vanilla Bean Extract 'Crush' to eliminate the time consuming process of finding and scraping vanilla beans, however you may use the Vanilla Bean Extract in all of these recipes.



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:

Upcoming Classes & Events at Cooks

19626 8th Street East, Sonoma, CA  95476

Good News for all you "Hair Sparkle" Fans!
DazzLites will be at Cook's, the 2nd Saturday of each month
from 12:00pm until 3:00pm

Next Event: February 8, 2020

 So we can plan...  if you are coming;
Please RSVP
to Lisa @ 707.732.3505


2020 Cheese Class Schedule 


Due to "many requests," we have decided to move our

Cheese Making Classes to Saturdays*
from 11:30am - 1:30 pm

*with the exception of the March 6th class, as it is almost sold out

Please see the updated schedule below


Complimentary Wine Tasting is included during 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.



Saturday, 2-15-2020            
Chocolate Chèvre Tortas with Winter
Jams & Chocolate

Friday, 3-6-2020                  
Creme Fraiche & Vinegar Making Class 
(with over 75 year old Mother Vinegar, from Ig Vella)
Spring Salad with Creme Fraiche Vinaigrette

Saturday, 3-13-2020
Vegan Cheese Class with Almond Feta, Soy Farmers Cheese and Hemp Ricotta

Saturday, 4-18-2020
Buttermilk, Sour Cream & Kefir & Kefir Soda with Spring fruits

Saturday,  5-16-2020                                   
Creme de Ricotta & Poached Salmon

Saturday, 6-20-2020                                           
Chèvre, Creme Fraiche & Fromage Blanc with local honey tasting.

July                 No Class
August            No Class

Saturday, 9-19-2020                    
Feta Three Ways with fresh pressed harvest grape juice

Saturday, 10-17-2020                          
Pumpkins stuffed with Maple Creme de Ricotta     

Saturday, 11-21-2020                 

Sage Cheese Curds
Saturday, 12-12-2020

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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