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Fess Parker Wines on DM in Austin

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AUSTIN: Saturdays 10-11 a.m. on Talk 1370

Most Texas chefs get to be that way by way of Austin, Houston or Dallas, or at least by way of Waxahatchie; but Clive Berkman got to be a Texas chef by way of Johannesburg, London and Miami. Today, he tours the Lone Star State tirelessly cooking from and promoting his cookbook that tells the story of it all, “Creating Empty Bottle Moments.” We sit down for a lively lunch of Italian comfort food at Sorrento in Houston to hear the story behind each recipe.

And in our Grape & Grain tasting segment, we get to put on our old, weathered coonskin cap from childhood. Actually, happily, that thing is long gone. But we do get to do something way better. We taste the wines of Fess Parker from Santa Barbara County with the winemaker who made them – and raise a toast to the recently-passed actor who was an entrepreneurial American original.

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About John DeMers

I've been a journalist and author forever. My favorite single word in the English language is "foodandwine." This spirit drives my 45 published books and my weekly radio show heard in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

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