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!

Cook Vineyard Management is proud to manage Pagani Ridge Vineyards
for the past 12 years!

Zinfandel of the Month –  For August 2020


2018 Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel Pagani Ranch


Tom Lee of the
 Zinfandel Chronicles

My rating: 96 points.

Bright crimson in color. 14.9% ABV. 84% Zinfandel, 9% Alicante Bouschet and 7% Petite Sirah. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, peach and pepper. Medium body with mouth watering acidity. Bright and juicy. Boysenberry, raspberry liqueur, earth and pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish.
Every bit as good as the the stunning 2017 Pagani.
Best over the next 4-6 years

Release date: September 1, 2020


When I first became interested in Zinfandel the buzz was always around the Three R's of Zinfandel: Ravenswood, Rosenblum and Ridge. 25 years later Ridge is still at the top of its game, turning out single vineyard Zinfandel from some of California's most precious vineyards.

I chose this wine as Zinfandel of the Month because the 2017 version was absolutely breathtaking the 2018 vintage is one of the best
Zinfandel vintages in recent memory.

Pagani Ranch is just off Highway 12 in the Glen Ellen area of Sonoma County.  Angela and Felice Pagani came to Sonoma County from Italy, purchased the property and planted the vineyard in the early 1900’s.
In addition to Ridge the fruit goes to
Carlisle, Seghesio, Biale & Bedrock

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 $50.00 or more.

Use the warmth of your hands to wrap Bee’s Wrap® around a piece of food or over a bowl or casserole dish. When Bee's Wrap® cools—within seconds—it holds its seal.

Use your Bee’s Wrap® to wrap cheese, half a lemon, a crusty loaf of bread, fruits, vegetables, fresh herbs, and baked goods. 

Cover a bowl, or pack a snack for your next adventure.
Made with organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. Bee’s Wrap® is washable, reusable, and compostable.
Bee’s Wrap® is not recommended for use with raw meat or fish.

Come in and see which Bee's Wrap® size works best for you!
We Turn Our Sights To

The Finish Line... Crush 2020


Vintage 2020 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, 
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 2020” will definitely be worth the wait.



Quote of the week:

" Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success."                                                                                                                              
                                                                                           -Henry Ford 

It's never too early to begin prepping for harvest.

We carry supplies for sale, such as Grape Knives,
Bird Netting, Shears and Harvest Bins (Lugs).

And, we rent, Destemmers, Grape Crushers, Lugs, Bottlers and more!

Come in and check it out
or give us a call at 707-938-7917


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 way,
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!

Please remember to wear your mask!





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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