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For must of us, "Crush 2019” is beginning to wind down;
and in a few weeks,
“Vintage 2019” is going to be more of a “memory in a bottle!"

The Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays have been picked and our attention has turned to the reds like
Syrah, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon

For those who observed the lit-up vineyards at night,
will notice that most are now dark

This is due to the switch from
night picking to day picking,
as we harvest the remaining red varieties

An interesting fact:
we count Pinot Noir as a white grape even though it is red.


There is one main reason we pick the whites at night.

This way they get processed early in the morning at the winery while they are cold.

This helps keep unwanted flavors from entering the wine due to early fermentation during transport.

In the old days, the winery would have to chill
the white fruit down.


Reds on the other hand,
are not as susceptible to the
warmer day time temperatures, 
and being too cold,
could slow down the fermentation process.

We normally pick red varieties from sunrise to noon.



Our Grape harvest should end around
November 1
st... Just in time for our OLIVE harvest!



Harvesting olives is very labor intensive and a crew of 25 employees can harvest around
6 to 7 tons in an 8-hour day.

The process is
simple, we net the orchard and use rakes to shake the olives into the nets. 

We then gather them and put them into picking lugs, for transfer to the olive press.

Unlike wine, the
olive oil will be ready in approximately 6 hours after being picked.


A few fun facts about olives:

One ton of olives produces approximately
30 gallons of olive oil.

A five-gallon bucket full of olives is around 30 pounds. This would make about 64 ounces or two quarts of oil.

Olive trees are alternate bearing, they only crop heavy every other year.

Due to this fact; we only
prune every other tree, (in the orchard) every other year, to end up with the same amount of oil each year. out of an orchard.

Olive oil used to be used in lanterns for light and heat.


Quote of the Week:
“The end is never the end.
It's always the beginning of something.”  

Harvest Hours at the CVM Store / Cook's Mercantile

***Open Sunday from 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM***

The rest of the week stays the same,
Monday through Saturday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Cook Vineyard Management is proud to carry products from:


Their Green Agriculture Approach is to provide 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, the use of barn owls in agriculture,
is rapidly increasing.” 

             Join us on 
Saturday, October 19th, 2019   1:00pm - 3:00pm

to meet Austin Ford from


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

We will be discussing "ALL THINGS" 
Owl Box, Bat Box,
Bluebird Box, Wood Duck Box and Raptor Roost Hunting Perch.

We have the boxes here for purchase.

And of course, you may want to enjoy a splash of wine while you are learning!

**Please Call 707-938-7917 or email
to save your spot!



PG&E is recommending we all have a
Emergency Preparedness Kit... But they failed
to include something you can use
to cook or boil water.


Add a portable stove,
(includes a handy storage and carrying case),
to your Emergency Preparedness Kit, 
with this durable 1-burner high performance butane countertop range!


The Burner sells for $25.00  
Butane Cartridges
(burns 2-4 hours) for $4.19 each

Get Yours Today! 


“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!


Normally $16.00 a bottle
Now On Sale for $14.00 a bottle. 

And if you purchase a bottle of Arbequina,
buy any other varietal for $14.00 a bottle


Exciting New Classes & Events at Cook's!

19626 8th Street East, Sonoma, CA  95476


The Last Friday of Every Month

From 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Is "Customer Appreciation" at Cook's

Come in, enjoy a splash of wine, meet David Cook
and other fans of Cook's


2019 Cheese Class Schedule 

Our Cheese Classes are the First Friday of each Month,
from1:00 - 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!




 Friday, November 1st
Thanksgiving Ideas!

Creme de Ricotta served with
Fall Harvest Pear and Apple Relish


 Friday, December 6th
Holiday Celebration!

Chocolate Crème Fraiche Fondue

2020 Class Schedule

Coming soon!

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 our new look!




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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