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With more than 1,150 bottles and 40 wines by the glass, Washington, D.C.'s new wine bar, Proof, should please picky oenophiles.

Gather for a glass (or a bottle) at Proof wine bar, in Washington, D.C.
Allison Dinner
By Monica Bhide

With a twenty-three-foot-long bar made of pewter handcrafted in France, flat-screen monitors displaying pieces from the National Portrait Gallery's collection (on a continuous loop) and a selection of antique Chinese chests (an homage to neighboring Chinatown), Proof, a new wine bar in Washington, D.C., is both stylish and eclectic.

If you're staying for just a drink, you can stop by the bar and order one of the more than forty wines available by the glass. If you plan to try the cuisine, after you've settled into a dark-chocolate-colored booth, be sure to peruse Proof's 1,150-bottle-strong wine list, which includes Rhône varietals, California cult wines and much-coveted Bordeaux.

As you enjoy your choice, explore executive chef Haidar Karoum's Mediterranean-inspired offerings, among them a grilled lamb burger with chickpea fries, a miso-glazed sablefish and delicate gnocchi. A raw-food section, charcuterie and artisanal cheeses round out the menu. Sticky toffee pudding on a puddle of caramel sauce, capped with rich vanilla ice cream, is a delightful way to top it all off. 775 G Street NW; 202-737-7663; proofdc.com.

Published on 7/21/2008
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