Cook Vineyard Management                        Newsletter
“Vintage 2019” isn’t over yet."

Harvest will be winding down in the
next few weeks.

We are busy harvesting our late reds,
like Zinfandel and Cabernets.

For many of us in Sonoma,
the vineyard business is year round.

We began early in January pruning the vines. This task can take us up to Mid-March.

In March we begin Frost protection for our early varieties and finish off any tying the vines.
that we held off due to frost concerns.


 April and May are our busiest months of the year.

We fertilize, apply fungicides and mostly train the new shoots upwards, as they grow in the Springtime.

There are multiple tasks like suckering and lateral removal that can keep us very busy.
In June when our flowering occurs,  we continue our shoot tucking, fungicide program and begin irrigation.  

By July we have our fruit set and start performing our fruit drop for quality and depending on the year may take a few passes.


August is a slow month, as we get ready for harvest.

The grapes have gone through veraison and earlier in the month, the fungicide program came to an end. 

August is a lot like March, in that during these months we work on the vineyard infrastructure.

September and October are the harvest months, 
and during this time,
we dedicate every waking minute to harvest.





What do we do,
after the grape harvest?


November is the time we finish planting our cover crops and perform other erosion control tasks.

Timing is everything when it comes to cover crops.

We like to plant before the big rains of the season,
to begin germination in the cover crops. 

Most vineyards are not set up to irrigate cover crops,
just the vines.


So why do some vineyards
plant a cover crop and others do not?


There are two types of management practices
in the vineyards.

The first management practice
is called “No till Farming.”
This is where we don’t till the soil and only mow the native grasses every year.

The other farming practice is “cover cropping.”

Every year we plant a cover crop which produces nitrogen when tilled into the soil in the spring.
Normally, the farming practice is
determined by the vineyard.

Vineyards on hillsides, rocky soils
or highly erodible soils, do not get disked,
so planting a cover crop would be difficult.

Flat vineyards in the valleys are usually
ideal candidates for cover cropping.
In many instances,
we will only cover crop every other row and rotate the process every other year.

The most common cover crop is legumes and grasses, but we normally throw in some rose clover for color.

Let’s face it, farmers like their vineyards
to look better than the neighboring one. 
While we are talking about neighbors,
you may notice that many Napa Valley vineyards have mustard as their cover crop
and here in Sonoma we normally do not.

The reason is simple, mustard is a plant that can take over and propagate year after year.

Many Napa vineyards stopped planting it years ago, but it keeps coming back.
We were lucky because we did not plant much mustard in the past and don’t plan on planting it any time soon.

Sorry for those who love the yellow weed.

And FINALLY, December...

...December, we sleep!

Quote of the Week:
“Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.”
                                                                      -Gordon B. Hinckley

Harvest Hours at the CVM Store / Cook's Mercantile

***Open Sunday from 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM***

The rest of the week stays the same,
Monday through Saturday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Cook Vineyard Management is proud to carry products from:


Their Green Agriculture Approach is to provide 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, the use of barn owls in agriculture,
is rapidly increasing.” 

             Join us on 
Saturday, October 19th, 2019   1:00pm - 3:00pm

to meet Austin Ford from


you can use these boxes to help control pests without using poison and insecticides.

We will be discussing "ALL THINGS" 
Owl Box, Bat Box,
Bluebird Box, Wood Duck Box and Raptor Roost Hunting Perch.

We have the boxes here for purchase.

And of course, you may want to enjoy a splash of wine while you are learning!

**Please Call 707-938-7917 or email
to save your spot!



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!


The Burner sells for $25.00  
Butane Cartridges
(burns 2-4 hours) for $4.19 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!


Normally $16.00 a bottle
Now On Sale for $14.00 a bottle. 

And if you purchase a bottle of Arbequina,
buy any other varietal for $14.00 a bottle


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, 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



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 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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