Houston Wine Bars Adapt to COVID-19 By Selling Wine To Go

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Relaxing at your favorite wine bar is out of the question as we try to flatten the coronavirus curve, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take the wine bar home with you. Many area wine bars and wine-focused businesses have transitioned to retail-only, offering wine by the bottle as well as food for takeout, curbside pickup and, in some cases, delivery. Here are a few who are adapting to our current reality. If you don’t see your favorite, call or check their website and social media. This is a great way to support your local favorites during these difficult times.

Sparkling wine at 13 celsius. Photo by Adele Corrigan.

13 celsius, 3000 Caroline, (713) 529-8466: An eclectic variety of wines, Champagnes and beers curated by award-winning sommelier Adele Corrigan are what makes this wine bar special. Right now the entire cellar is available for 35% off. Pick up a Barros White Port for after dinner or a crisp Boutari Assyrtiko from Santorini to go alongside seafood. Guests can also order from an assortment of meats and cheeses such as Bresaola and Pure Luck Goat Cheese — they even have dessert. Curbside pickup is available for those who call or text upon arrival.

Avondale Food and Wine, 240 Westheimer, (713) 360-6313: This French eatery and wine bar has several options, including wine, groceries and prepared food. Delivery can be arranged by calling ahead. The wine menu has an entire section of wines from Loire available in multiple vintages, such as the Chateau De Sancerre Rouge. Family dinners change daily, with options like Risotto with Grilled Shrimp, or choose from the Cook it Yourself Menu and try your hand at Lobster and Tarragon Tagliatelle, with housemade pasta. A Toast Tab menu is available.

Camerata, 1830 Westheimer, (713) 522-8466: This Montrose wine bar is offering free same-day delivery. Order online before 5 p.m and your bottles will arrive between 5 and 9 p.m. anywhere within the 610 loop. Pick up a Delinquinte Tuff Nutt Bianco D’Alessano for a bright, fruity white or a Lo-Fi Santa Barbara Cab Franc for a medium-bodied red with herbal notes. Full descriptions of available wines are online.

Light Years Natural Wine Shop and Bar, 1304 West Alabama, (713) 425-6673: This shop and wine bar specializes in naturally fermented wines made with pesticide-free grapes. It features a wide assortment of orange and other skin-contact wines, such as Suman Sun Drops from Slovakia. To go alongside, there is also a small selection of natural salami and imported butters like the L’Huile d’Olive Citronnée. Everything is available for pick up and delivery from noon to 9 p.m. Same-day deliveries are free on orders of $60 or more to customers inside the loop. Call ahead or send an email with your order or questions.

Sable Gate Winery, 2600 Travis, (713) 360-7113: This Midtown winery crafts everything from Chardonnays to Gewurztraminers right here in Houston. Food is not available for pick up or delivery — but wines are. Try the Big Daddy Red or the award-winning Pink rosé. Through March and April, wine club members will receive an extra bottle in their orders. If you order a $100 gift card, you receive an extra $20 gift card for free.

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