A D.C. Wine Bar Creates a Buzz

Washington D.C. isn’t known for happening nightlife, but you’d never know it from the happy faces we saw packed into Proof, a new wine bar and restaurant that opened in the Penn Quarter earlier this week. Gourmands can gorge themselves on Mediterranean dishes like carpaccio, tartare, crudo, and artisanal cheeses while oenophiles can choose from a staggering selection of vintages. There’s also an Enomatic wine system, which allows guests to choose from 16 red and 16 white varietals with a mere push of a button. Glasses range from $8 to $25, tasting-size pours are priced from $2.25 to $10. The dining room seats 85, the bar area 35, and plans are in the works for an outdoor patio. Sebastian Zutant, former sommelier of Rasika restaurant, is wine director. 775 G. Street. 202/737-7663 for reservations. —Sarah Pascarella

Sarah Pascarella