Enology Project Leader
Department of Horticultural Science
Cook grew up in Prior Lake and earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Houston. She then decided to pursue her love for food and wine by attending an international culinary academy in the south of France. After working in wineries in California and Argentina, Cook returned to France to earn her Master’s degree in Enology at the Universite de Bourgogne. She spent six months in Australia before returning home to work at the University of Minnesota. She spends much of her time working at the Horticultural Research Center studying the issues and obstacles we face with growing grapes and making wine in Minnesota, and researching techniques through which we can overcome those obstacles.