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The Finish Line...Crush 2019

Vintage 2019 has been a great season so far.

Mother-Nature has cooperated and given us some great, grape-growing weather!

As we turn our sights to the finish line, “Crush,” there are still a few decisions left to make.


What critical decisions, need to be made in the vineyards, aimed at creating the best outcome for a successful harvest?



Wine grapes need to be stressed,
in order to produce a high-quality wine; 
however, there is a delicate balance when dealing
with a stressed vine.

Too much crop load, can affect the vines ability
to ripen its crop in a timely matter.

Too little of a crop and the vine turns that energy into its canopy growth and second crop.

Second crop is, an inferior grape cluster that forms outside the fruit zone and is high up in the canopy.

This unwanted growth,
can result in an unbalanced fruit ripening in the plant;
and as a consequence,
result in inferior grapes.
                      Crop thinning is an art!

One of the decisions being made is;

how much crop to leave on each vine?

The standard being;
Two clusters per shoot, on healthy shoots.

One cluster per shoot, on shorter shoots.
Removing all the fruit, on shoots with 8" or less growth.

Sounds simple enough, until one adds the caveat regarding the removal of fruit that is clumped together, and assessing the overall health of the total vine, to see if it can handle the fruit load.



Another example, is with cane-pruned vineyards;
the crotch
by the trunk, tends to be crowded with fruit, that may need to be thinned out.

Cane pruning and spur pruning are two different ways to train a grapevine to grow along a trellis. Pruning is necessary to remove dead wood and to cut back on the amount of living wood, so the grape plant's energy can go into making grapes, rather than just growing vegetation.

Another decision, will be based on weather and irrigation.
Too much water, and unwanted growth may occur.  
Not enough water, and the vine could get too
water stressed and start to shut down,
before the grapes are ripe.

Adding irrigation or not, (for the perfect grape), at this time of year, takes a good amount of thought to get it right.


One of the last decisions to be made is, when to harvest.

Hopefully Autumn will provide us with plenty of hang time, and cool weather without the chance of rain, so we can harvest a crop, that has ripened to the amount of brix (sugar) and the perfect PH (acid).

Over the next month, these decisions will be discussed and debated by the viticulturist and the wine-makers, to ensure a balanced crop, which equals
high quality grapes.

If all goes as planned,
“Vintage 2019” will definitely be worth the wait.


   Quote Of The Week:

Your Recipe for the Best Tomatoes on the Block!

Come into Cook's and see for yourself!


So, I now know,  the little tomatoes are in fact, Current Tomatoes, the yellow are, Yellow Pear and the larger red are, Black Cherry Tomatoes.  The Current are still coming in, but fewer every day.  However, the Yellow Pear and Black Cherry are a few weeks away from being ripe...but there will be A LOT!!!
E.B. Stone Recipe 420 + Aeration Bag =
Amazing Tomatoes, Herbs, Etc.
The above pictured tomato starts were planted on 3-29-19
in 3 different size Aeration Bags

 5 gallon  -  7 gallon  -  15 gallon  

All were planted in E.B. Stone, Recipe 420... and quite frankly,
they are growing like 'Weeds!"

Come in and get your own Aeration Bags and Soil, 
for your best plants ever!

Mention you saw this in the CVM Newsletter and
you will get $1.00 off each Aeration Bag


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, September 6th
Welcome Harvest!

 Fromage Blanc with
Freshly Harvested & Pressed Grape Juice


 Friday, October 4th
OctoberFest at Cook's!

Fromage de Noir & Fetter Creek Ricotta
served with Craft Beer From Cook's


 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


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


Free Refractometer and pH Meter Checks

Harvest will be here before we know it, and we thought it would be a great time to start getting things in order.

         On Friday, August 9th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm,  
John, from the Home Wine Lab will be here, at the CVM Store, providing a free maintenance service on all refractometers and pH meters.


Or, if you need a new refractometer or pH meter,
we will have them here for sale.


All you have to do is bring your instruments into the store, and we’ll check them against a known standard. If there are any adjustments that need to be made, we’ll calibrate them or inform you of any issues. 


 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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