Cook Vineyard Management      Newsletter


Happy Holidays from all of us at  
CVM / Cook's Mercantile


We want to take a moment, to thank all our clients and customers for making this past year so special.

“Vintage 2019” was another great Vintage Year in  Sonoma Wine Country!

Once again, we experienced great tonnage along with exceptional quality.


The New Year and “Vintage 2020”
are right around the corner.


Our crews will receive some well-deserved rest
through this
holiday week.

At the start of the new year,
we will begin pruning the

Pruning the vines, is one of the
most important tasks of the year.

Cordon, Cane and Head Pruning are the most common pruning techniques; however, there are different variations to all of them
to help create a
balanced vine.

Some vineyards with a lot of vigor may have  Kicker Canes to slow growth in the vine.

 A kicker cane (aka a sacrificial cane or a vigour diversion cane) can be very helpful in controlling overly enthusiastic vines.

This method involves retaining supplemental, disposable canes at pruning time,
at the crown of a Head Trained vine,
or at the apical end of a Cordon Trained vine;
act as another fruiting arm.

In vineyards with
little vigor we may only leave one bud on a spur instead of the normal two buds.

Due to spacing, variety, rootstock, soil types
and many other things, every vineyard is pruned differently; as one size does not fit all.

Pruning can be very challenging. 
A great pruning job can help make other tasks,
later in the year, much easier!


What do we do with the pruning’s,
after we prune?


For anyone who has ever walked through a vineyard,
after it has been pruned,
you realize how much of the vines get cut off the plant... 
                          … It is actually a lot!

In the past, the custom was to burn the pruning’s. 
Now, due to alternate ecofriendly
this is no longer the case.

Currently, after pruning,
most vineyards get
mowed with a Flail Chopper;
which turns the pruning's into a fine dust.

In some
vineyards, we completely remove the cuttings, and they are hauled to a compost site or shredded, to be incorporated back into the vineyard, at a later date.


So, in the next few weeks, you will begin to see a lot of action in the vineyards, as our pruning season begins.

Vintage 2020 has officially begun!


Quote of the Week:

"What good is the warmth of summer,

without the cold of winter to give it sweetness."

                                                                                    --John Steinbeck




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:

“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

2020 Cheese Class Schedule 

Our Cheese Classes are the First Friday of the Month,
from 1:00 - 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!



January 10, 2020 *The perfect class for our Vegan & Dairy Free Customers!
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

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

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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