Next time you're in D.C., I really hope you give the Obelisk a try. You'll need to call for a reservation, 202-872-1180.
Warm weather does cause me to alter my usual reliance on red wine as the go-to meal accompaniment. Instead of my usual practice of sipping a glass of white as an aperitif, I am using these cooling beverages with the lighter-styled foods gracing the table Chez Brown.
I am particularly fond of soave, the Italian white from the Veneto. If you are one of the many out there who view soave as an unworthy alternative to the more famous white varietals, such as pinot grigio, you might wish to try these two wines:
2009 Anselmi San Vincenzo ($16): This soave is composed of about 80 percent garganega, 15 percent chardonnay and 5 percent trebbiano. Fuller-bodied than most soaves, the San Vincenzo is full of ripe apple and vanilla custard flavors with a crisp, balanced finish. I sipped this baby recently with a smoked chicken Caesar salad.
2009 Re Midas Soave ($12): This bottling is a more traditional lighter-styled soave with a slightly grassy aroma followed by melon, lemon and almond flavors. It finishes with a little zing of acidity making it a great match with pasta salad sauced with basil.
For more on the art and craft of wine, visit John Brown's Wine Boy blog at thegazz.com.