AUSTIN: Saturday 10-11 a.m. on Austin’s Talk 1370
This week we look ahead to one of our favorite weekends of the year, the one that draws the entire state to Austin for the Hill Country Wine and Food Festival. A lot of places around the country do festivals like this now, but Hill Country is one of the oldest and, we think, one of the very best. For one thing, you get to taste foods cooked by the best chefs in Texas – instead of the usual subjects from the Food Network. Still, there have been many ups and downs along the road, as we learn from this year’s president Chad Auler (whose mother Susan helped start the event, when she wasn’t helping husband Ed launch Fall Creek Vineyards) and festival coordinator Erika White.
And just for a break from all those terrific Texas wines, we taste our way through what has to be the most revered wine geography on earth – the Bordeaux region of France. We even learn a bit more about the “business of Bordeaux” from Archibald and Ivanhoe Johnston. If you think their names sound strangely UN-French, that’s because the Johnston’s came to Bordeaux from Scotland and started their business back in 1734. They DO speak with soft French accents, we’re relieved to report.