kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Proof takes it outside

If you (like me) are a fan of Proof restaurant in DC, you'll be excited to know that you can now enjoy their phenomenal wine list and cuisine al fresco, including the excellent service of Sommelier Sebastian Zutant, as the restaurant recently opened its 50-seat patio.

Chef Haidar Karoum has added several dishes to his menu of small and large plates, including a chilled seafood and hearts of palm cocktail, grilled house-made lamb sausage with cucumber, mint, and feta, and a chilled asparagus and nettle soup served with lemon crème fraîche.

Wine Director Sebastian Zutant complements these additions by offering a "Rosé of the Day" for $9 a glass, rotating the wines to offer domestic and international selections such as the Lauderbach, a Syrah from California's Russian River Valley, and the Suzanna Balboa, an Argentinian Malbec. Other summer specialties now stocked in the restaurant's unique Enomatic wine serving system include The Black Chook, a Viogner blend from Australia priced at $9, and the Northern Italian Livio Felluga Tocai Friulano for $12.

Zutant has also added a few twists to his inventive cocktail list that are sure to beat the heat. Mixed drinks such as the Coquette, a concoction made with Tanqueray Rangpur, Elderflower, grapefruit bitters, and Zutant's house-made Rosé syrup, as well as the Chupa Cabra, made with Machu Pisco, yuzu sour, crème de violet and fresh lime juice are now available for $11 each.

I look forward to trying his Coquette cocktail creation, which sounds fun, floral and fabulous.