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"Happy Veteran’s Day”


“Vintage 2019 Harvest,” is officially over
and the
wine is in tanks or barrels.

Even though it is premature for
“Vintage 2020,”
we now begin preparing our
farming plan
for the upcoming vintage.

It is critical that we figure out the timing,
to begin pruning, for each vineyard.


When do we start pruning
the grape vines?


When it comes to growing wine grapes in Sonoma,
there are a lot of critical choices
to be made
throughout the year.

One of the
first decisions is,
when to
prune the vineyard for the coming year

Like most questions in agriculture,
there are many
factors to consider.

First, it’s best to wait for a hard frost, which causes
the vines to go

This can be observed by leaf fall;
that occurs when the leaves drop to the ground
and the shoots harden off.

In Sonoma this usually occurs in late November or early December.

If we had to guess, this year, leaf fall may be earlier
than those in the recent past.



Sonoma is home to many different grape varieties.  They range in age from newly planted vines
to some well over
100 years old.

The vineyards are in the
flats of the valley and continue up the hillsides at various altitudes.

These are some of the factors considered in the decision making process, in
determining the best time to prune a vineyard.




One of the biggest concerns about pruning too early is its effects on early bud break.

Bud break is best described as the moment green tissues emerge from the young buds, which can leave them susceptible to early frost damage.

This can occur as early as
March 15th in Sonoma.

 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir typically
have the earliest bud-break.

For vineyards without
frost protection,
pruning later, can delay this process.

Other varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, require one of the longest growing seasons, therefore, an earlier bud break, can help create a much needed, longer growing season.

Even though Cabernet vines are
pruned early in the season, they have a naturally late bud break, which occurs after the first frost of the spring. 



To simplify the decision of
when to prune,
here are some basic guidelines.

Vineyards that are in non-frost pruned areas,
along with those with
frost protection,
there are many benefits to pruning early.

For those vineyards that may be in frost pruned areas,
late prune is best, especially if they have,
natural early bud break.

Our pruning season begins in early December and continues until around March 15.
Most vineyards are pruned in
January and February.

December and March pruning,
is usually due to special circumstances.

One last note; other than grapevines,
pruning of an olive tree is best in early March.


Quote of the Week:
"All it takes is a little patience."

    -Guns and Roses-

Just in time for the holidays...

we have LOTS of new seasonal gifts from
 Thymes, Rosy Rings & Stonewall Kitchen
candles, soaps, lotions,
  jams, baking mixes, sauces and more!

Cook Vineyard Management / Cook’s Mercantile, is hosting a Pre-Thanksgiving Open House Saturday November 23, 2019 from 12:00-3:00.

The Pre-Thanksgiving Open House will be featuring seasonal gifts, including David Cook’s  fresh pressed Olive Sonoma, Olive Oil, that will be available for tasting. 

Also, you will have the opportunity to sample many of
Stonewall Kitchen’s amazing jams, sauces and baking mixes, and learn how you can incorporate them into your Thanksgiving menu,
or give as unique hostess gifts!
We also carry Sonoma Syrup’s, Italian Panettone, Bee’s WrapRosie Rings and Thymes Candles, soaps and lotions, brewing supplies, wine making supplies, cheesemaking supplies, owl boxes and farming supplies.

We will be serving complimentary beverages and bites.  

For additional information, please call 707-938-7917.


Congratulations to Pagani Ranch
for The Top Spot on Tom Lee's
List of Top 10 Zinfandels Tasted in 2019

David Cook & Team, of Cook Vineyard Management, are proud to be part of this success!


Top 10 Zinfandels Tasted in 2019

It is the time of the year where every wine blogger publishes their lists of Wines of the Year or Values of the Year, etc. Although I try to blog about all the wines I taste it is clear that Zinfandel is definitely my grape of choice. With that in mind here are my top 10 Zinfandels of 2019 and my rating for each.

 All of the older wines were stored in my cellar since release. Wines that received the same score are not listed in any particular order. This is the 6th version of my Top 10 Zinfandel list.


  1. 2017 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch – 96 points
  2. 2014 Limerick Lane 1023 – 95 points
  3. 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Papera Vineyard – 95 points
  4. 2016 Bucklin Ancient Field Blend Old Hill Ranch – 95 points
  5. 2015 Carlisle Zinfandel Mancini Ranch – 95 points
  6. 2012 Ravenswood Zinfandel Old Hill Ranch Vineyard – 95 points
  7. 2015 Once & Future Zinfandel Frank’s Block Teldeschi Vineyard – 94 points
  8. 2011 Turley Zinfandel Zampatti Vineyard – 94 points
  9. 2014 Ravenswood Zinfandel Dickerson Vineyard – 94 points
  10. 2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Esola Vinyard – 94 points


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:


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!


Amazon does not ship
Butane to California.

We have it here at Cook's Mercantile

Call us @ 707-938-7917



The Burner sells for $25.99  
Butane Cartridges
(burns 2-4 hours) for $5.99 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!



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, December 6th

Holiday Celebration!

Chocolate Crème Fraiche Fondue

The 2020 Cheese Making Class Schedule is here 

and we are keeping the 2019 class pricing of 

$40.00 a person


2020 Cheese Making Class Schedule

January 10, 2020
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
Chocolate Fondue with Creme Fraiche

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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