After a couple of nights of quiet, friends and family services, Camerata, the wine bar owned by Paul Petronella next to his restaurant Paulie's, opened to the public last Wednesday. Camerata distinguishes itself from the restaurant with separate entrances (one on Westheimer, one in the parking lot) and its own decor. Inside, local designer Gin Braverman has created a sleek, industrial space that's dominated by the U-shaped concrete bar and a long community table. The staff, lead by Advanced Sommelier/former Uchi beverage director David Keck is sufficiently well-trained to suggest a glass or bottle to suit each patron's preferences. The wine list (embedded below) currently consists of about 100 bottles, and the by-the-glass list changes daily. Food options are limited to meat and cheese plates, but it's easy to eat at Paulie's and continue on to Camerata. Hours are 4:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. everyday.
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[Gary R Wise]