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13 celsius Wine Bar to Host 13 Events to Celebrate 13th Anniversary

13 at 13: A series of 13 curated events to toast 13 years of 13 celsius

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HOUSTON, October 8, 2019 —  Thirteen years ago, Ian Rosenberg and Michael Sammons opened 13 celsius wine bar at 3000 Caroline Street in Midtown Houston with a passion for architectural preservation and wine. 13 celsius was the first wine bar in Houston to store and serve its wine at the optimal temperature --13°C. Inspired by the then-dilapidated Jenning's Cleaners and Dyeing Shoppe, 13 celsius began as an effort to save the original structure and create a destination that is a source of pride for the neighborhood, resulting in the Good Brick Award in 2008 by the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance and an Urban Land Institute Development of Distinction Award in 2009.

Under the leadership of General Manager Adele Corrigan, 13 celsius earned national recognition in 2017 by Food & Wine magazine as one the best wine bars in the U.S. and one of the best bars in Houston by Condé Nast Traveler in 2018. 

To celebrate its 13th anniversary — and the customers and community that have made it possible — 13 celsius is hosting “13 at 13,” a series of 13 curated events during the month of December that brings together chefs, wine and cheese makers, artists, musicians and of course, wine. 

“Our featured guests like Monica Pope, Richard Kaplan and Lindsey Schechter have been a big part of our lives, events and culture from our humble beginnings, and we are taking everything up a notch for this momentous occasion,” said general partner and founder Ian Rosenberg.

In keeping with the tradition of the bar’s rotating winter art installations, 13 celsius is collaborating with 13 local artists to create the exquisite corpse, a commemorative, site-specific mural. An artist reception and unveiling event on December 6 will kick off the highly anticipated schedule of events.

The anniversary events include chef dinners, 13’s biggest cheese and wine class yet, tastings, funky parties, a Parisian-themed holiday market and New Year’s Eve celebration, and many other surprises along the way. 

“We are constructing a special pavilion adjacent to the bar to host the events,” explains Corrigan. For each of the 13 events, we will transform the space so guests, even our most loyal regulars, will experience something new and unlike anything they have seen here before.”

The 1,000 sf 30’ x 35’ pop-up event pavilion features a raised floor and private patio access and is available for private event rentals. Staff, furnishings and food and beverage options are available through 13 celsius at

Schedule of Events

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  1. The Exquisite Corpse Mural Unveiling, December 6, 6-10 p.m.: The first event honors all of 13’s friends, family, neighbors and guests who collectively and collaboratively made the establishment what it is today. For the 13th anniversary, a commemorative Exquisite Corpse mural painted by 13 local artists will be unveiled.
  2. Sunday Supper #1 with Dominique Macquet, December 8, 6-9 p.m.: Coming to Houston from New Orleans is famed chef Dominique Macquet, who has opened several acclaimed eateries there and now owns Bordeaux on Magazine Street. Guests can expect a meal featuring the French-Creole influences on which Macquet built his reputation. 13’s own Ian Rosenberg came to know Macquet through one of the bar’s earliest customers, John Fechter, and ultimately celebrated his rehearsal dinner at Macquet’s restaurant — with a surprise visit and meal preparation from Fechter. This Sunday Supper is a celebration of relationships like these that evolve from unexpected meetings, are fostered over many years, and whose fond memories remain cherished for life.
  3. The Ultimate Wine and Cheese Class with the Houston Dairymaids, December 9 : Good friend and cheesemonger Lindsey Schechter and wine goddess Adele Corrigan are preparing the biggest and best wine and cheese class for the 13th birthday. 
  4. Au Naturel: Natty Wine Night, December 10: Natural “natty” wine has been described as the truest expression of what a wine can be through minimal intervention of man in the vineyard and also in the winemaking process. The natty wine movement is a big part of 13 celsius’ revolving wine list and what makes it unique. To showcase these wines, 13 will host a sip-and-stroll wine tasting featuring over a dozen natty wines, including the rare and allocated contrada of Frank Cornelissen, topped off with "au naturel" entertainment to celebrate the theme.  
  5. Friday the 13th Masquerade, December 13: Guests can expect a dark, ambient and sultry vibe focusing on the mystery of our relationship with the number 13 and a list of wine selections and light bites to complement the mood. 
  6. Annual Wine Sale & Parisian Market, December 14: Every year, as a way of saying thank you to customers, 13 invites vendors to bring in some of their best wines for customers to stock up on for holiday events, gifts and sometimes selfishly, their home cellars — at wholesale prices. Better still, customers can multitask and shop the Parisian Market for gourmet provisions, flowers, unique holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. No one should miss this! It’s the last time customers will be able to purchase Richard Kaplan’s Brown Paper Chocolates, with an exclusive batch created just for the 13th year celebration.
  7. Sunday Supper #2 with Monica Pope and Richard Kaplan, December 15: Long-time friends and award-winning chefs, James Beard-nominee Monica Pope of Sparrow Cookshop and Richard Kaplan of 13’s sister restaurant, Weights + Measures, are collaborating on a menu reflecting their commitments to a farm-fresh and local approach, which will be paired with wine for each course.
  8. Thirteen Appellations Flight Night, December 18: The symbology of this wine is extremely important to 13 as Thirteen Appellations was, appropriately, the first selection for its wine list. They’ve acquired multiple vintages and can’t think of a better reason to uncork them. Thirteen Appellations is a winery that is unique to the Napa Valley in that it is the only one bottling a wine made with grapes taken from all of Napa’s sub-appellations. Subsequent vintages, Fourteen, Fifteen and Sixteen, resulted from the expansion of sub-appellation regions. As far as they know, this is the last of Thirteen Appellations available, as 13 sourced all from the cellars of the producer. All four of these wines will be presented as a flight for this one night only.  
  9. Sunday Supper #3 with Ara Malekian, December 22: Friend, chef and pitmaster Ara Malekian of Harlem Road Texas BBQ in Richmond will be showcasing his far-ranging talents with a 13-course dinner and wine pairings. Trained in Switzerland, Chef Ara’s early experiences included working with celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. A maker of many cuisines, Chef Ara has owned 14 restaurants over his career. He is known for supporting local farmers, ranchers, artisans and purveyors and can regularly be found at the weekend farmer’s market selecting goods from friends to prepare his next feast.
  10. Champagne 101, December 28: No one should wait till the last minute figuring out what to serve at the close of 2019. This class will guide guests through an assortment of  selections, from the big names to small, vibrant grower Champagnes, to enable them to pick a selection that meets their budget and thrills their guests. 13’s talented Sommeliers plus a special guest will teach this 10-wine class and provide valuable education to make every guest’s toast to 2020 the most epic ever. 
  11. The 13th Hour, December 29: The last Sunday of the year at the 13th Hour (1 p.m.) will be a festive day of live music and an extra special selection of Sunday-funday wine and beer.
  12. An Industry NYE, December 30: Rare is the restaurant or bar industry professional who gets to revel as he or she deserves on New Year’s Eve. This year, 13 is hosting an event for industry comrades who keep everyone company late into the evenings, and are there when 13’s colleagues join them at their places of work. 13 will be serving its famous Mortadella Panino until 2 a.m. 
  13. 13 | 31 Midnight in Paris, December 31: The final event of 13 at 13 promises a magical night of twinkling lights and Champagne dreams. Guests can savor a formal seated dinner prepared by local award-winning chef and urban agriculture advocate Tarsha Gary or choose an understated approach simply relaxing on a casual, cozy couch for two.


Recognized and respected for its passion and knowledge of both wine and architectural restoration, 13 celsius is an award-winning European wine bar and café, and the first wine bar in Houston to store and serve its wines at the optimal temperature -- 13°C. Pairing exceptional wines with choice meats and cheeses, patrons gather in 13's restored circa-1920s-era  Mediterranean-style structure that was spared from demolition for its architectural significance, now a source of pride in its Midtown neighborhood. 13 celsius believes in giving back to the community and supports the arts and a variety of local non-profit organizations. In 2017, 13 celsius was named among the best wine bars in the U.S. by Food & Wine magazine and among the best bars in Houston by Condé Nast Traveler in 2018. 

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