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Houston's Top 10 Wine Bars (2013 Edition)

Partially because it's National Wine Week and partially because my body is composed of more wine than water, I've been thinking a lot about wine bars lately. I spend far too much time sitting alone in my apartment drinking wine with my cat. Yes, I'm that person.

In an effort to not die alone and get eaten by my cat make new friends and explore more of what this fine city has to offer, I've been venturing out to wine bars across town.

The last time we ranked wine bars was in 2011. Since then, some on that list have closed and newer ones have blossomed. So here's the list, updated for a new year and a new crop of wine aficionados. Cheers!

Honorable Mention: French Country Wines isn't a wine bar per se, but it does host great tastings on Saturdays and imports some of the best wine in Houston.

10. Memorial Wine Cellar Memorial doesn't have a kitchen that prepares fanciful dishes to pair with wine, but it does have a great selection of wines from all over the world. There's absolutely nothing wrong with not having a full restaurant at a wine bar, of course, and food trucks like GastroPunk do a great job of providing grub to the hungry masses. The wine prices are very reasonable, and owners Dwayne and Mary Harrison are always on the hunt for more exciting products to stock. This is a small family business, and they aim to please. If there's something you want them to try to get, just ask. They'll be happy to oblige.

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Kaitlin Steinberg