My last newspaper travel article was about a small town and pastoral valley in California's Sonoma wine country. Beautiful scenery, great wine, makes me thirsty to think about it.
And reminds me of a Texas wine region a lot closer to home. Yes, there are Texas vintners making wine well worth drinking. Wine-lovers cruising Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 find multiple wineries and tasting rooms pouring Texas-made wines that make a person glad to lift a glass.
But a wine region isn't complete without lodging and dining. And Fredericksburg offers unique dining and hundreds of B&B's. Among my favorites is Rose Hill Manor, a sophisticated country lodging.
The rooms are large, appealing and quiet; the porch rockers face a miles-long view of the Hill Country; and a boardwalk leads next-door to Pedernales Cellars, a seriously-good winery making award-winning varietals.
If I time it right, I can watch a glowing sunset from my table at Austin's, the restaurant at Rose Hill Manor, while I savor a seasonally-inspired dish like Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Pistachio, Truffle and Pancetta.
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