Spotlight: Texas Lodging
Robin's Nest Bed & Breakfast
"Lakeside Quiet with City Access"
Perched on the shores of Lake Travis, Robin's Nest Bed & Breakfast offers the peace and quiet of country living while conveniently located only minutes outside of Austin. Robin's Nest, a uniquely Texan establishment, has a welcoming and casual atmosphere. The original 50 year old fishing cabins have been remodeled into individual rooms, and are decorated with antiques from all over the world, representative of the diverse Austin culture.
While staying at Robin's Nest, guests have a plethora of activities to choose from: you can stay at the lake and enjoy swimming, water skiing, sunbathing, reading, or dreaming; or venture into Austin to enjoy the world class cuisine, shopping, nightlife, and attractions! Or you can stay in your room while a masseuse makes you forget the meaning of the word &stress."
At Robin's nest, each room is equipped with a ceiling fan, queen or king size bed, private bathroom, and lots of personality!
For reservations call us at (512) 266-3413
email us at email@example.com, or visit
1007 Stewart Cove Austin, Texas
Spotlight: Texas Wineries
"Magnificent Southwestern Scenery and Wines"
As you approach Cap*Rock Winery, you are immediately struck by the magnificent Southwestern style facilities. The winery, perched on the High Plains of Texas near Lubbock, takes its name from the indigenous rock that crowns the surrounding mesas. Cap*Rock's owners, the Plains National Corporation, have capitalized on the beauty of the landscape, beautifully integrating the winery into its natural surroundings. The lovely setting and artful buildings make the Cap*Rock facilities popular for special events and casual visitors.
Founded in 1992, Cap*Rock employs traditional winemaking methods to craft its Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Sangiovese, Barbera, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, and Orange Muscat, which collectively have won over 400 medals and awards in international, national, and state wine competitions.
The attention to quality has paid off, and Cap*Rock is now among the top-selling brands in Texas, and one of the few Texas wineries to export significant quantities of its wine to other states and countries.
Route 6, Box 713K, Lubbock, Texas
For more information, visit www.caprockwinery.com
or call 1-800-546-WINE (9463)
Spotlight: Texas Wineries
Texas Wine Region
The pioneering spirit of Texas is especially apparent in Texan vintners. From the area around Dallas in the northeast to the western plains and the Hill Country of the south, growers and vintners are dedicated to the cultivation and production of high-quality grapes and wines. The efforts of these pioneering winegrowers have made the Texas wine industry the fifth largest in the United States.
Winemaking in Texas dates back to the 1650s, when Franciscan priests began producing sacramental wines from local grape varieties. The quality of their wines convinced others to plant vineyards, and the Texas wine region was born. During the second half of the 19th century, German immigrants in the Hill Country discovered the mustang grape, still produced today, and ushered in the golden era of Texas winemaking, which ended with Prohibition. It was not until the 1970s and '80s that the modern Texas industry was born. Today, it is thriving, with over 200 commercial vineyard and nearly 50 wineries in six defined viticultural areas producing nearly 1.5 million gallons of wine annually.
The leading varieties in Texas are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, but high-quality Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, and Viognier are also produced. Because Texas wine regions enjoy generally warm climates and alkaline soils, Texas wines have the rich fruit flavors reminiscent of California wines balanced by the acidity and structure typical of French wines.
Texans have embraced their homegrown wineries and consume the vast majority of their production. So, a visit to Texas is essential for an authentic introduction to Lone Star wine.
Spotlight: Texas Attractions
When Tony's Restaurant, practically a historic monument in Houston, closed in 1994 for 18 months of renovation, both local residents and Texas socialites were crushed. The Houston Post ran a front page article with the headline: "FAREWELL TO TONY'S." Everyone wondered how the Houston dining scene would survive
A watering hole for the state's rich and famous, national celebrities, and wine luminaries, Tony's, with its storied history and celebrated wine list, is an essential dining experience for any visitor to Houston. Tony's has hosted every visiting president, Nobel Prize winner, actor, and sports figure to pass through town. Luciano Pavarotti sang two impromptu arias here, and when Sophia Loren was in Houston, Tony brought espresso to her in her hotel room.
Once a locus of political and social wheeling and dealing, Tony's owner has given the restaurant a facelift and is striving to bring national recognition to the Tony's dining experience. With its wonderful Italian/French cuisine and powerful wine list strong in single estate Italian bottlings, Tony's is a must-see in Houston.