2 Texas Wine Bars Make Food & Wine's Best Wine Bars in the U.S. List

This week, Food & Wine released its list of the 19 Best Wine Bars in the U.S. -- a handy guide for travel-happy wine lovers planning their next escape.  On it, two Texas establishments took home top honors.

Those two? None other than Austin's Winebelly (519 W. Oltorf St.) and Houston's 13 Celsius (3000 Caroline St.).

Of Winebelly, Food & Wine's Carey Jones wrote,

"While there are many friendly, affordable neighborhood bars out there, not many are as sophisticated as Winebelly. Ryan Fulmer's wide-ranging list -- around 40 wines by the glass and another 150 by the bottle -- includes both big-name wineries and smaller boutique labels.

It also spans Old World and New, with no price straying over $99...not even Napa Cabs or genuine Champagnes."

Winebelly is a local favorite with its small plates crafted to perfection, and it's fantastic it was recognized for its care and reputation.

Houston's 13 Celsius earned a similarly rave review from Jones.

"Named for the optimal wine cellar temperature, 13 Celsius is inspired by the wine bars of Europe, housed in a 1920s-era, Mediterranean-style Midtown structure. 

The open-air courtyard and 40-foot antique Carrera marble bar are equally charming places to taste your way through a wide-ranging collection that spans the globe."

Jones continued,

"Thanks to a Coravin preservation system, 13 Celsius can offer dozens of wines by the three-ounce or six-ounce glass, with hundreds more by the bottle, all helpfully laid out on the menu according to their character, for instance distinguishing light and earthy reds from the full-bodied and fruity.

An equally thoughtful cheese and charcuterie list doesn't hurt."

Sparkling sagrantino! Yum! $14 a glass all week long @13celsius #umbria #sagrantino #italianwine #bubbles #scacciadiavoli #wine

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Congratulations -- and cheers -- to Winebelly, 13 Celsius and the rest of the winners! 

Being based in Austin, we know where you'll find us on #WineWednesday.

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