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.