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Cook Vineyard Management
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Farming Comes with
Challenges and Blessings.
 


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Every year, farming comes with
its challenges and blessings.

This year has already bestowed a blessing upon us,  
in the form of
Rain.

Currently, we are at an average rainfall
(with over 10” of rain)
and a healthy snowpack in the Sierras.
 

Last Thursday alone, the Sonoma Valley got almost an inch of rain.

 

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So how does this effect the vineyards?
 


There is no substitute for winter rains,
to aid in the growth cycle of the vineyards.

In normal rainfall years, when we have water-saturated soil, we don’t start irrigating
until late May and often into early June.

This not only conserves water,
but saves the expense of pumping in the water.

Rainwater is acidic from natural acids
(sulfuric and nitric acids) and leaches the soil.  

Our cover crops stay healthier and robust
until tilled into moist soil
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Due to the recent, past fires in our region,
we must be mindful of erosion concerns.

Too much rain too quickly is always a concern; 
but for now, we will hopefully be blessed,
with some dry weather. 

This affords the soil, the opportunity to absorb the water  and for things to dry up,
before the next round of wet weather.

It is all about balance.


 

 


There is a balance in nature,
and water is
essential to life.

 

Our hope is, that we continue to get more
precipitation, before Mother Nature
slams the rain door in a few months.


 

Only time will tell how our winter will finish off...
but so far, so good!

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The Cook Twins:  Reflections in a Puddle... Fun in the Rain!


Quote of the Week:

"Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life."



                                                                                              John Updike



 

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


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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!



TUSCAN BLEND, ARBEQUINA,

PICHOLINE & MINERVA


 

 


We are proud to carry

Wall Décor & Pillows

by Rue Sonoma


Come in and see what we have!

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

                                                                              
Natalie Rupiper
                                                                              
owner•maker•designer

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.

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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.


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

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Even in the winter, an Iced coffee,
makes a great afternoon pick-me-up!


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Vanilla Bean Iced Coffee
 
 
 
Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons Sonoma Syrup Vanilla Infused Simple Syrup (With specs of crushed vanilla bean seeds)
  • 8 oz. Cold Brew ESPRESSO coffee or Fresh Brew and cool
  • 4 oz milk or cream
  • Ice cubes
  • Try using Coffee Iced Cubes: Fill an ice tray with same type of coffee you will use in your beverage so as not to be bitter tasting
Instructions
  1. Add ice and all ingredients to a tall glass, cocktail shaker, double cup or a To go mug with lid on.
  2. Shake for 5 seconds. Mixes and adds a nice airy frothy tasty finish to the beverage.
  3. On the go you are ready or pour and enjoy in a glass.
Recipe by Sonoma Syrup at https://sonomasyrup.com/vanilla-bean-iced-coffee/

 


 

Come in and see our amazing Bird Boxes from:

  AMADOR BARN OWL BOX COMPANY



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,
the
use of barn owls in agriculture, is rapidly increasing.” 


 


ANYONE LIKE GOPHERS?  VOLS?  MICE?  MOSQUITOS?
COME FIND OUT WHAT, WHERE, HOW and WHY
you can use these boxes to help control pests without using poison and insecticides.


We have the boxes here for purchase.

*ASK ABOUT INSTALLATION*



 For more information, Please Call 707-938-7917
or email: cookvineyardmnagementstore@yahoo.com





                        
 
Upcoming Classes & Events at Cooks

19626 8th Street East, Sonoma, CA  95476
707-938-7917
cookvineyardmanagementstore@yahoo.com
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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

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Please see the updated schedule below

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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
As a group we will make a fresh chèvre and then layer with chocolate and jams to make a Torta in a jar.

Friday, 3-6-2020                  
Creme Fraiche & Vinegar Making Class 
(with over 75 year old Mother Vinegar, from Ig Vella)
As a group, we will make a fresh Creme Fraiche, then a selection of Vinaigrettes & Sauces with Creme Fraiche

Saturday, 3-13-2020
Vegan Cheese Class, with Almond Feta, Soy FarmersCheese and Hemp Ricotta
As a group, we will make a selection of Vegan Cheeses, with choice vegan products.

Saturday, 4-18-2020
Buttermilk, Sour Cream & Kefir & Kefir Soda with Spring fruits
As a group, we will make a fresh Buttermilk, Sour Cream and Kefir. Then we will make a Kefir Spritzer with a variety of fresh Spring Fruits.

Saturday,  5-16-2020                                   
Crème de Ricotta & Poached Salmon
As a group, we will make Crème de Ricotta, then poach fresh salmon in the whey from the Ricotta

Saturday, 6-20-2020                                           
Chèvre, Crème Fraiche & Fromage Blanc with local honey tasting.
As a group, we will make Chèvre, Crème Fraiche & Fromage Blanc and taste a variety of local honeys. 

July                 No Class
August            No Class

Saturday, 9-19-2020                    
Feta Three Ways with fresh pressed harvest grape juice
As a group, we will make Feta from Cow's Milk, Goat's Milk and Sheep's Milk, plus add flavors including Peppercorns, Oregano and Olives.  We will also press grapes from a local vineyard, for fresh juice.

Saturday, 10-17-2020                          
Pumpkins stuffed with Maple Crème de Ricotta
As a group, we will make Crème de Ricotta, then season with fresh herbs and stuff, pumpkins and squash
 
Saturday, 11-21-2020                 

Sage Cheese Curds
As a group, we will make a fresh cheese curd and season with fresh and dried sage.
 
Saturday, 12-12-2020

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

 


For More information on these classes, please visit:  www.cvmgrapes.com
or call the store at
707-938-7917

WE LIMIT CLASS SIZE TO 18 PEOPLE PER CLASS
RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW!



 

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
707.938.7917

 


  If not, drop by and see what's new!

 



COME IN AND TASTE FRESHLY HARVESTED,
PRESSED AND BOTTLED


"OLIVE SONOMA" OLIVE OIL! 



 

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!
 

OFF THE PLAZA PRICING!

 

 

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
cookvineyardmanagementstore@yahoo.com
cvmgrapes.com

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