Cook Vineyard Management Newsletter

 Store Hours are Monday Through Saturday
8:00am - 4:00pm
Sundays 8:00am - 2:00pm

Please be aware, that we practice all required
social distancing and safety measures.
Masks are required... and we also sell unique,
locally made masks, just in case you
need a new "fashion statement"  for your 


Here is a sampling of some of
our many amazing products.

Come in and check out the store for yourself!

We carry a variety of E.B.Stone soils, plant foods & fertilizers,
as well as aeration Grow Bags. 

Free Delivery in the 95476 zip code,
for orders of a $100.00 or more.

Pure Honey
We love that PURE honey, comes from
a local, family owned and operated apiary!
You will find 5 of their pesticide free,
unique honeys at our store:

~ Two infused honeys:
Lavender (which is grown on their property)
 both blended with their raw Wildflower Honey
~ Two Raw Varieties:
Wildflower & Orange Blossom

~  Roasted Almond Honey*
Locally roasted almonds mixed with their Wildflower Honey,
creates the perfect combination of salty and sweet!

*The unique, Roasted Almond Honey is becoming a "customer favorite!"

Come in and check them out!


What Is A Normal Vintage Year?

For the past ten years,
it has been difficult to compare
any Vintage to a normal year,
until last year. as well as this year.

The main reason being, we don't seem to have experienced a season,
that has been considered normal
for a long time!

 “Vintage 2020”
 is beginning to look like a repeat of last year
and finally one can say,
“Vintage 2020 may be another normal vintage
here in the wine country.




Vintage 2020 
began slowly, due to the late rains.



Late springtime rains
delay the vines from budding out,
due to colder soil.

The opposite happens during drought years.
Spring was uneventful and at times,
seemed like the vines were in no hurry to grow.
Flowering in late May was also uneventful 
and took its sweet time to complete.


So far, our Summer has been warm, 
with a few hot days,
 followed by cool nights.

One may say, this is as normal as normal gets.
Perfect for the vines!


A question we are often asked is;
What process do we use
to harvest the grapes,

and why do we prefer
that method?


The most common way to harvest 
high-quality grapes,
is by hand picking
and place them into a container called
a 30-pound picking lug.

When full, the lug is then dumped
into a half-ton bin, 
which is on a trailer in the field
and pulled by a tractor.

When the bin is full, the tractor takes it to a landing site where a forklift puts it on a truck bound for the winery.

Some wineries prefer a “two-ton bin” to be pulled through the vineyard, instead of a half-ton bin; this makes it easier to unload at the winery.

The grapes are picked by hand and placed in the Picking Lugs,
 loaded into the Half-Ton Bin, then taken to the winery.


In Sonoma County, very few vineyards are harvested by machines (mechanical harvesters)  with the exception of a few of the larger wineries. 
Pictures of Harvesting Chardonnay Grapes at Night

If you would like to see the grapes being harvested,
it is best to set your alarm clock for Midnight, 
since most Chardonnay 
and Pinot Noir vineyards are picked at night.

This allows the cool fruit
to come to the winery early in the morning 
and prevents the grapes from getting
too warm during the process.

Night harvests are also becoming extremely popular for many of the Red Varieties,
as it makes for cooler working conditions.



We are predicting the still wine harvest,
to begin on or around the first week of September.


We at Cook Vineyard Management,
do not harvest sparkling wine grapes. 

However, in California, some sparkling
wine grapes are harvested
in late July to early August,
at a slightly unripe point,
to help maintain acidity in the wine.


Quote of the week:

" I believe that the responsibility of the winemaker is to take that fruit and get it into the bottle as the most natural and purest expression of that vineyard, of the grape varietal or blend, and of the vintage."

                                                              Robert M. Parker, Jr.


We Have Added Trailers

to Our U-Haul Fleet


CVM / Cook's Mercantile
is honored to be recognized as
one of the Top 100 U-Haul Dealers of the
19,000 dealers serving North America.
Our commitment to serving the community
with great customer service
and providing all your moving needs,
will always be our top priority!

We carry a wide variety of moving supplies
to fit all your moving needs,
as well as, cargo vans, box trucks and trailers.

 Call: 707-948-7917  or  707-938-7917


Come in and see our amazing 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:



Have you been to
CVM / Cook's Mercantile lately?

19626 Eighth Street East  Sonoma CA  95476


  If not, drop by and see what's new!





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 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday.
8:00 am - 2:00 pm Sunday

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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