Cook Vineyard Weekly Newsletter 8.8.11
Imagine, sitting on a small balcony surrounded by your friends and family in the wine country. Cool wind blowing off the bay and the warmth of sunlight embracing your whole being. You’ve worked hard all year to get to this point in the season and all you have to do now is relax, drink a little and raise your young.
This is the life of a grapevine this time of year.
August is the time the vines grapes start to mature. The vine turns its energy towards ripening their children and all other growth slows down. As stewards we have done almost all we can do, now it is up to Mother Nature and the vines to finish the ripening stage and get us to the point of harvest.
One reason the wines from Sonoma are so exceptional is our climate allows them to literally hang out. We call it hang time. (This is the description for the grapes ability to stay on the vine and ripen slowly, giving it unique flavors.)
Warm days and cool nights are a welcoming sight for us all. Our years work is literally hanging on this balance. Over the next few months sugars (which will be converted to alcohol) will increase along with flavors and aromas that will be enjoyed all over the world one bottle at a time.
Our production will be less than most previous years, but there is a lot to be said about quality versus quantity.
If anyone wants to visit us in the vineyards to learn more about the world of viticulture, Please call us at 707.490.8921. Also check our face book account Cook Vineyard Management under discussions for more information.
David Christopher Cook
Cook Vineyard Management
P.O. Box 1481
Sonoma, Ca. 95476