Best of Houston

Best Of Houston® 2020: Best Wine Bar

General Manager Adele Corrigan leads the pack of talented staff behind the bar.
General Manager Adele Corrigan leads the pack of talented staff behind the bar. Photo by Kate McLean
Best Wine Bar: 13 Celsius

For Houstonians, 13 Celsius has come to embody all the things we desire in an enoteca. Ambiance. A killer wine list. Friendly, educated staff with excellent service. Salumi sliced thin to order. And that one-of-a-kind scent of sweet, malt-sugar wafting from the fortune cookie factory across the street.

Naturally luminated in the daytime and flicker-lit by night, 13 has snacks for gorging and snacks for sexy nibbling — because he still doesn't know the real you. The staff will gladly issue tastes and half-pours which make for more sampling of the by-the-glass menu. And what a by-the-glass menu it is: Italy and France are covered as there’s always a few back pocket varietals you’ve been dying to try. The “I want a big Cab” person will be happy here too.

Fortified and aromatized wines like Vermouth, Sherry, Port, and Madeira all have a home on the list, and speaking of, those interior courtyard walls — let’s hope we never live to see them tell our secrets. Attendance is recommended at frequent wine dinners, educational tastings, and happy hours.

3000 Caroline, Houston

Readers' Choice: 13 Celsius
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