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Wine is proof that God loves us. — Benjamin Franklin

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Our Team

Click on a name below to learn more about each member of our talented team.

Ben Kuna - Wine Director

Ben Kuna Ben Kuna, born in Chicago and raised in Virginia, spent much of his time far from the world of wine. After attending high school in Alexandria, he moved back to the midwest to double major in Biology & Comparative Literature at Indiana University. Driven by the desire to communicate a connection shared between the realms of Science and the Arts, he sought a career in Science Writing, and was accepted into a graduate program at the Ernie Pyle School of Journalism.

During this time, a family friend was opening a small bistro in Old Town, Alexandria and asked Ben to come on board. With little to do, an even smaller amount of experience, and lots of time on hand, he agreed to help manage the burgeoning business. After only a short period of time, the then current Sommelier left to pursue family life, leaving the restaurant without direction. Ben quickly stepped up to the plate, and within weeks discovered in that role the ability to tangibly communicate that same connection he had seen during his studies in Science Writing. When the upcoming semester approached, he opted out to pursue life as a Sommelier.

Since then, Ben has spent time as the General Manager & Sommelier at La Fromagerie, General Manager & Sommelier at Evening Star, Manager & Wine Director at Rasika, and is now very happy to join our team here at Proof as Wine Director. Currently, he is undergoing course study for the Advanced Level Sommelier Certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Adam Bernbach - Bar Director

Adam Bernbach Adam Bernbach’s love of mixing began at the age of 7 when he made his first egg cream. Not long after, his career in hospitality began in the resorts and restaurants of his native Cape Cod.

After moving to Washington DC when he was 16, Adam began apprenticing at a micro coffee-roastery near his high school. It was as an apprentice and later, as a roaster, that he first appreciated the importance of tasting. Moving from estate -grown coffees to illicit sips of single-malt scotch, he fell in love with well-crafted spirits, laying the foundation for an interest in mixology that would follow later.

After stints bartending at a pool hall, a jazz club, and an art-house movie theater, Adam became the Bar Manager at Cafe Saint-Ex. At Saint-Ex, Adam built an extensive whisky list and also took the opportunity to share in his employers’ interest by beginning his education in wine and beer.

In 2006, Adam became the opening Bar Manager at PS7s Restaurant. There, Adam was able to experiment with unusual ingredients and preparations in crafting an ever-changing cocktail list.

In 2007, Adam returned to the Saint-Ex family as General Manager of their sister establishment, Bar Pilar. At Pilar, Adam immersed himself in his craft working outside the box in pursuit of new and unusual formulations. As part of this process Adam created the Tuesday Cocktail Sessions, for which he gained a reputation for creative artistry."

Coming to Proof, Adam, again, has the fortune of working with respected colleagues who are already close friends.

Grizform Design - Architect
Potomac Construction Services - General Contractor
Jason Pasch - Website Designer