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One stay in the Fredericksburg Texas bed and breakfast and you’ll see why it’s become one of the most acclaimed Fredericksburg Texas Restaurants, too. See what these publications had to say!

Five Wine Country Road Trips — Wine Enthusiast Online — June 17, 2015
Texas Hill Country is the second largest American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the U.S. The 30-mile stretch of highway from Johnson City to Fredericksburg includes about 20 wineries in the heart of the appellation. The route is packed with great eats, photo ops and unique accommodations. Read more ››› – The Most Romantic Vineyards Around the World– March 30, 2015
Eat: At Cabernet Grill in Fredericksburg, chef/owner Ross Burtwell pairs the state’s largest selection of Texas wine with his distinctly Lone Star cuisine. Dig into such Texan-accented dishes as buffalo enchiladas, jalapeno-stuffed quail and sesame-seared red snapper from the Texas Gulf Coast. Read more ››› – Best Weekend Getaways from Texas – March 12, 2015
Tucked away in the heart of historic Fredericksburg, Cotton Gin Village is a true taste of Texas. Surrounded by lush gardens, tranquil koi ponds and rustic cabins, this quaint, relaxed village promises guests a comfortable home-away-from-home. Read more ›››

Travel Addicts – Rustic Comfort at the Cotton Gin Village – March 3, 2015
The Cotton Gin Village is the best of both worlds — full of rustic Texas character and high-end amenities. It is cozy and provides a great environment for a relaxing getaway. When you add the delicious food and the proximity to Fredericksburg, it can’t be beat.  Read more ›››

Wander Aloud – Discovering Wine Country in Texas  – March 3, 2015
My second cabin love in Fredericksburg became the Cotton Gin Village. It is an adorable community of eight small cabins and a delicious restaurant, The Cabernet Grill, located just a few miles from Main Street. The property is filled with pathways and sitting areas around fire pits, waterfalls, and even a koi pond. The best part is getting transported to a late 1800’s farm house when you step through your cabin door.  Read more ›››

Texas Wine Lover – Cabernet Grill – Feb 3, 2015
The Cabernet Grill is a restaurant in Fredericksburg owned by Chef Ross Burtwell and it always receives rave reviews from diners. Also noted at the restaurant, and appropriate since it is located in the famed Hill Country city, is the quantity of Texas wines served at the restaurant. We talked to owner Ross Burtwell about Cotton Gin Village and the Cabernet Grill.  Read more ›››

San Antonio Magazine – True Texas Hill Country Cuisine – May 2014
San Antonians who only day-trip to Fredericksburg aren’t always privy to what the residents and frequent overnight visitors know: dinner at the Cabernet Grill shouldn’t be missed. Read more ›››

San Antonio Magazine – Chef Ross Burtwell Cookbook Release, Signing, and Food Tasting – May 31, 2014
Ross Burtwell, the owner and executive chef at the Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant in Fredericksburg, Texas – and one of the chefs most associated with the growing Texas wine industry – has released his debut cookbook, and will embark on a statewide tour starting in May to celebrate Texas food and wine. Read more ›››

Austin Chronicle – Review: Texas Hill Country Cuisine: Flavors from the Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant – May 23, 2014
A few years back, I had a freelance assignment to write about the Cabernet Grill's unique Hill Country cuisine, paired with the state's only 100% Texas wine list. I stayed in one of the cozy cottages at the Cotton Gin Village for the night, ate a wonderful dinner at Cabernet Grill, and had the pleasure of meeting chef/owner Ross Burtwell. So I was thrilled when I saw this cookbook, and even more so when I started browsing through it. Read more ›››

Austin American Statesman – Cabernet Grill cookbook makes the case for Texas wines – May 21, 2014
Grapefruit buttermilk pie. Tarragon shrimp scampi. Bacon-wrapped jalapeño-stuffed quail. These seemingly unrelated foods have a few things in common. They all have Texas-grown ingredients. They all feature flavors of the region. And they are all recipes in Fredericksburg chef Ross Burtwell’s new cookbook, many based on popular menu items in his Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant. Read More (PDF) ››› – Cabernet Grill owner and chef to talk new cookbook, wine pairings today – May 9, 2014
Long a chef who's celebrated flavors of the region with his Hill Country-based restaurant, Ross Burtwell recognizes a key component of any meal isn't just the food. That's why Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant, opened since 2002, has served up a Texas-only wine list since 2007. Read more ›››

SavorSA – New Cookbook: Chef Ross Burtwell’s ‘Texas Hill Country Cuisine’ – May 2, 2014
After more than 25 years in Texas, I’ve learned that most of us residents, though many of us may travel widely and cook adventurously from many cuisines, are deeply devoted to Texas food. Count me among them, and count chef Ross Burtwell’s new book, “Texas Hill Country Cuisine: Flavors from the Cabernet Grill," as a great source for us all. Read more ›››

KUT Austin 90.5FM – May 7, 2014
Can the Texas Hill Country claim its own cuisine? One chef from Fredericksburg says it's rooted in Southern cooking, Mexican and Tex-Mex, barbecue, Cajun food and farm-to-table techniques. KUT’s Nathan Bernier asks Ross Burtwell about Hill Country cooking and the wineries, farms and markets that influence it. Listen Here ›››

Houston Chronicle – March 12, 2014 – Rad Rodeo-Inspired Pecan Pie
There’s some good grub to be had during rodeo time, and that includes some delish desserts. Texas-sized appetites are practically a prerequisite at the rodeo where it’s not hard to get roped in to one finger-lickin’ confection after another. If you’re looking to bring a little of that rodeo spirit into your own home, I’ve found just the ticket! Read more ›››

Prime Living, March 2014 – Sampling Texas, One Plate at a Time
Chef Ross Burtwell has single-handedly started a quiet locavore revolution at his Cabernet Grill at the Cotton Gin in Fredericksburg, with the finest local ingredients and wines from all corners of Texas. Read more (PDF) ›››

San Antonio Magazine – February 2014 – Follow Your Heart: Romantic Destinations
Love doesn’t care about boundaries. It acknowledges no borders, nor does it need a passport. But taking your love—or, more precisely, your loved one—on the road is a great way to deepen or enliven any relationship. With destinations this romantic, all you have to do is show up. Read more ›››

Deep South Magazine
Wildflowers, wine, beer and history abound in the home of Texas German. Read more ›››
Texas Wine & Trail Magazine
If you dine out regularly you may notice an increasing amount of Texas vino is finding its way on to wine lists in some of the best restaurants in the Lone Star State.  This was not always the case, and up until very recently you were hard pressed to find more than one or two Texas labels on any wine list. Read more ›››
In the first years of this century, there were fewer than 100 wineries in Texas, and I knew almost everyone in the Texas wine business. Today, there are almost 300 wineries, and not only don’t I know them, but they don’t know me. Read more ›››
Think of dining destinations - New Orleans, Napa Valley and Fredericksburg Texas. Yep, that’s right Fredericksburg, located in the Texas Hill Country, renown for its innovated chefs and wine.  Read more ›››

Texas Wine & Trail Magazine
Executive Chef Ross Burtwell knows Texas wine by heart and mind.  He is the owner of Fredericksburg’s famed Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant and the heaviest supporter of Texas wine in the restaurant industry, committed to an ALL Texas wine list. Read more ›››

Midwest Living
Warm-Weather Getaway to Texas’ Hill Country—It’s a reasonable drive to a mild winter escape in the Texas Hill Country, where the beloved bluebonnets start blooming in March near German-settled towns full of historic sites, galleries and wineries. Read more ›››

Saveur Magazine
Chef Ross Burtwell offers readersa delicious recipe of Lobster-Topped Chicken-Fried Rib-Eye Steak in this article touting Texas wines. Read More ›››

Texas Highways
I recently caught up with Fredericksburg chef Ross Burtwell, who made the decision a few years ago to serve exclusively Texas wines at his restaurant, the Cabernet Grill, which lies just south of Main Street ( We discussed wine-and-food pairings, up-and-coming grapes, vintners’ dinners, and the fried-chicken-and-waffles trend. And then I discovered that Texas Highways played a role in Burtwell’s career path. Read more ›››

Texas Journey
Ross Burtwell, owner-chef at the Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant in Fredericksburg, is known for his loyalty to Lone Star State products. Like a child at play, he energetically mixes and matches his seasonal menus with a wine list that features 81 Texas varieties. Read more ›››

TravelHost Magazine
Nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, just a stone’s throw from Fredericksburg’s bustling Main Street, is a hidden treasure for those seeking a culinary adven- ture. If you consider yourself a food and wine lover, then you won’t want to miss The Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant.  Read More ›››

Edible Austin
"He started with a couple of Becker Vineyards wines on his wine list, then added some Fall Creek Vineyards wines. Soon his list was about 50 percent Texas wines. He then decided to “take it to the next logical step” and became the first restaurant in the state to offer a wine list comprised solely of Texas wines. To complete the circle, Ross developed a menu of Texas cuisine to match the wine list, and most importantly, trained his staff in the intricacies of pairing the wines to the dishes."  Read more ›››

Austin 360
"...We enjoyed a quiet table at the Cabernet Grill, noshing on homemade Russet potato chips served with blue cheese fondue. Not to be outdone, the mushroom caps and Signature Bandera Quail truly hit the spot."  Read more ›››

My Table Houston
Best Restaurant for Sampling Texas Wines. Read more ›››

National Culinary Review
Though probably evolved from German schnitzel with veal, chicken-fried techniques get creative at the hand of Ross Burtwell, chef/owner of Cabernet Grill in Fredericksburg. Read more ›››

D Magazine — September 2009
LOG CABIN LUXURY: Steer your car off Main Street to the Cotton Gin Village located just a few minutes from the historic main drag. Accommodations at the Cotton Gin are 19th-century log cabins named after the major rivers of Texas, and your home-away-from-home includes a Jacuzzi tub, satellite TV, working kitchen, and a private porch for taking in a sultry Texas evening. Granola and homemade pastries are some of the goodies you can expect for breakfast, served in the privacy of your own room. Read more ›››

Texas Department of Agriculture
Ross Burtwell, owner and executive chef at the Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant, pairs Texas wines with his fabulous Fredericksburg fare in this month's Table Talk. Read more ›››

UK Guardian — April 2009
We're staying at the Cotton Gin village - a purpose-built "hamlet" of rustic cabins with a restaurant, the Cabernet Grill. Although the Grill is designed to look old, the cabins are the genuine article - pre-Civil War wooden lodges, transported here plank by plank from Kentucky and Tennessee. They look authentic inside too - right down to the corrugated iron ceiling, huge rustic log bed and spinning wheel in the corner. Read more ›››

Vinatage Texas Wine Blog
Cooking Light
Plan to arrive to Fredericksburg in time for dinner at the Cabernet Grill for a true taste of Hill Country - succulent farm-raised boneless quail stuffed with jalapeño and wrapped in bacon, grilled, and then finished with a raspberry-chipotle glaze. Read more ›››

USA Today
Suggested lodging:The Cotton Gin Village in Fredericksburg balances rusticity with elegance in its B&B log cabins, set amid an 1870s village. Adjoining Cabernet Grill-Texas Wine Country Restaurant is purely elegant without the rustic, however. Read more ›››

Hill Country Visitor
Associated Content
The Cotton Gin Restaurant and Lodging is an American Shangri-La in Texas. Driving along Texas Highway 16, empty space and occasional nondescript buildings give way to a vision of Pioneer Days, a tiny village of 19th Century log cabins minutes away from downtown Fredericksburg. Closer examination of the grounds is even more pleasing to the eye: a water garden, wishing well, windmill, stable and blacksmith shop. Read more ›››

Great Towns of America
This post-millenium complex has the look and feel of Frederickburg’s earliest yesteryears. Picturesque log cabins have been relocated here and outfitted with all contemporary amenities. Each is nicely sited in a lovely tree-shaded garden featuring ponds and rock-lined waterfalls with outdoor dining alcoves by the pond and in adjoining barbecue pit areas. Read more ›››

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Chef Ross Burtwell from Cabernet Grill shows us his Chicken Friend Pecan Pie.

My Fox Austin – KTBC Fox 7

Chef Ross Burtwell cooks up some Venison Black Bean Chili.

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Chef Ross Burtwell demonstrates cooking with lavender.

Good Taste with Tanji
Chef Ross Burtwell makes Venison Chili.
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Chef Ross Burtwell cooks  Lobster-Topped Chicken-Fried Ribeye
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Chef Ross Burtwell demonstrates Chicken Fried Pecan Pie & Jack Daniels Ice Cream
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Chef Ross Burtwell creates some sinfully good eggnog.
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Sweet deals at Cotton Gin and fresh Fredericksburg peaches, too!
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Grilled Quail done Hill Country style with Chef Ross Burtwell.
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Chef Ross Burtwell creates a Lavender Peach Crisp
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