We’re back for another chapter in our 2023 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, honoring the people who make our food & beverage scene soar.

It’s the latest in our special editorial series in which we’ve elected nominees, and whom we’ll celebrate at a party on May 4 at Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.) with tastings and awards to the winners. Tickets are on sale now.

We’ve already profiled nominees for Rising Star ChefNeighborhood RestaurantBarBreweryBartender, and Best New Restaurant (don’t forget to vote!), and we’ll soon be covering Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, and Best Burger.

This entry pays tribute to the top wine programs in town. They include everything from new wine bars to classic steakhouses with grand wine lists.

Here are our nominees for 2023 Wine Program of the Year:

Pappas Bros.
Acclaimed steakhouse from Houston has long been the pinnacle, winning awards for its wine program since long before most of the other nominees on this list were even open. Every steakhouse does wine up big, but Pappas has spent decades building an unparalleled collection with 3,900 distinct wines from every region across the world, including hard-to-get specialty wines with a big selection of wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, and California, as well as hiring top wine professionals to oversee it.

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