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What Is A Normal Vintage Year?



For the past ten years, it has been difficult to compare any Vintage to a normal year.

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

 Vintage 2019 may go down as what to expect
as normal, for Sonoma Vintners.


Many of us compare this year to the past few years by saying, we are 10 to 15 days behind.

Could it be, that those years were earlier than normal and “Vintage 2019” is “The Norm”?


Our season, began later than those in the past few years,
due to the late rains.

Late springtime rains, delay the vines from budding out,
due to cold soil. The opposite happens during drought years.
Spring was uneventful and at times, seemed like the vines were in no hurry to grow, as they had in the past few years.
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,
however, always followed by cool nights... 

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

The most common way to harvest high-quality grapes,
is by hand 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 to the winery.

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

Very few vineyards are harvested by machines (mechanical harvesters) in Sonoma County, 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’s 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 very popular for many of the Red Varieties, due to cooler working conditions.

We are predicting our still wine harvest to begin on or around the week of September 9th


This will be approximately 10 days later than last year and seems like that is right on the “Normal” schedule.

We do not harvest sparkling wines, but 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.


Scroll down to see, more "fun with tomatoes" pictures!


Your Recipe for the Best Tomatoes on the Block!

Come into Cook's and see for yourself!

There are at least 100 of the little red ones, still on the plant. Someone told me they are Currant Tomatoes.  The bottom right picture is the larger red ones, (2 ripe ones pictured in the middle of the 7-12 picture).  I don't know what these are called. 
There are about 60 of them on the plant, that will probably all ripen at once! 
Can you say Salsa!

E.B. Stone Recipe 420 + Aeration Bag =
Amazing Tomatoes, Herbs, Etc.

The above pictured tomato starts were planted on 3-29-19
in 3 different size Aeration Bags

 5 gallon  -  7 gallon  -  15 gallon  

All were planted in E.B. Stone, Recipe 420... and quite frankly,
they are growing like 'Weeds!"

Come in and get your own Aeration Bags and Soil, 
for your best plants ever!

Mention you saw this in the CVM Newsletter and
you will get $1.00 off each Aeration Bag


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

Free Refractometer and pH Meter Checks

Harvest will be here before we know it, and we thought it would be a great time to start getting things in order.

         On Friday, August 9th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm,  
John, from the Home Wine Lab will be here, at the CVM Store, providing a free maintenance service on all refractometers and pH meters.


Or, if you need a new refractometer or pH meter,
we will have them here for sale.


All you have to do is bring your instruments into the store, and we’ll check them against a known standard. If there are any adjustments that need to be made, we’ll calibrate them or inform you of any issues. 



In addition, we’ll be around to answer any wine making questions that you might have.

Hope to see you here!

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 707.938.7917


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, August 2nd
Tomato Harvest!

Creme de Ricotta
Stuffed  Heirloom Tomatoes


Friday, September 6th
Welcome Harvest!

 Fromage Blanc with
Freshly Harvested & Pressed Grape Juice


 Friday, October 4th
OctoberFest at Cook's!

Fromage de Noir & Fetter Creek Ricotta
served with Craft Beer From Cook's


 Friday, November 1st
Thanksgiving Ideas!

Creme de Ricotta served with
Fall Harvest Pear and Apple Relish


 Friday, December 6th
Holiday Celebration!

Chocolate Crème Fraiche Fondue


For More information on these classes, please visit:
or call the store at


 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 our new look!




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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