Viticulture and Enology

Michael Cook is the Viticulture Program Specialist for North Texas with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. His primary function is to provide research-based educational support for the nearly 100 commercial vineyards in the region by providing workshops, programs, hands-on demonstrations, educational materials, and one on one site visits with growers. Conducting and collaborating on applied research trials, including Earth-Kind vineyard trials is also a focus of his. His secondary function includes providing training for county agents and master gardeners across the 55 counties of North Texas.  Michael is a Dallas native and studied Horticulture at Texas A&M. While there he was an active Aggie Master Gardener. He was then awarded a fellowship to California State University – Fresno where he earned a Masters of Science in Viticulture & Enology. He conducted research in collaboration with Bronco Wine Company, the vintners of Two Buck Chuck, to improve the phenolic profile of red cultivars grown under hot climate.

For more information about growing wine grapes, visit winegrapes.tamu.edu or contact Michael Cook at m.cook@tamu.edu or 940-349-2896

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