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Pruning is right around the corner
and the official start of

“Vintage 2020.” 


Even though, for most of us,
January seems to be a long way off,
it's really just around the corner!

This is a good time of year to look and see,
if there are any changes we need to make
in our
pruning style for the next year.

There are many variations
on the different pruning techniques.
However, simply put,
  there are mainly

three types of pruning techniques
used most often, i
n Sonoma Vineyards.


Head Pruned, Cordon Pruned 
and Cane Pruned Vineyards

Let’s start with Head Pruned.
If you have ever seen an old vineyard picture or an old vineyard with plants spaced in squares, without any wires; and the vines look like small trees, you know what a Head Pruned vineyard looks like.

The vine is trained early to allow the shoots to become arms that will allow the shoots to be well spaced around the vine. This is a simple technique which is low yielding and produces high quality wine.

There can be many arms on a Head Pruned vine that does not have a trellising system.



Unlike the Head Pruned system, the Cordon Pruned arms grow longer, with fewer of them, normally two. The arms are supported on a wire to secure them to the trellis system, due to the weight of the fruit. 
Each year the arms are saved, and their shoots are pruned back to two buds.  This allows new fruiting shoots to grow. In most cases the spacing along the arms are every four inches.

This technique allows a balanced vine, with evenly spaced fruit, and is very popular among growers, due to its uncomplicated design.


The Cane Pruned technique, looks a lot like the Cordon System.  The main difference being, that every year, the arms are removed and renewed with a strong shoot from the past growing season, called a cane.

Even though most trellising systems can support either a cane or cordon system, both techniques are very different.

Cane pruning is known for producing very high-quality wine grapes, however, it is difficult to prune and manage throughout the year.

One of its most important advantages is, that it isn’t as susceptible to disease, due to the renewing of the vines arms every year.



There are other pruning techniques,
as well as hybrids of others.

For instance, there is the Scott Henry technique,
where the vine shoots are grown upside down,
 in order to take vigor away from the vine, creating extra canes, known as kicker canes

There has always been a debate
on which pruning technique is the best.

Our answer is, they are like your children;
you never have a favorite.

They all have their strengths and challenges.
It all depends on the vineyard, variety, winemaker and many other aspects.

And remember, I doubt that you have ever heard someone order a glass of wine with the comment;
“I will only have a Cane-Pruned Wine!”

Quote of the Week:
"Winter is a season of recovery and preparation."
                                                                                               Paul Theroux


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.

Kimberly Hughes from Bar None's Canyon Winery
will be here sampling her two Award Winning Zinfandels.

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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