Generally, I am able to write some pretty complete reviews of restaurant wine lists, but as Michael Madrigale reveals in his telling interview with Levi Dalton, Bar Boulud’s list doesn’t tell the whole story.

Not only are there bottles in the cellar that don’t make the list, the star of the nightly offerings at Bar Boulud is the big bottle by the glass pour. These offerings from magnums and larger bottles must be one of the great deals in New York City. Michael reveals why in the interview and my rundown of recent pours will help to flesh out the story here.

And what is that story? It’s really that Bar Boulud’s list is surprisingly small, though notice I did not say limited, because it is well focused as well. In a way, this is refreshing. Not finding a tome to deal with makes ordering wine less intrusive and a decidedly more manageable task.

As always, I’ve looked at the Bar Boulud wine list with an eye towards sussing out values, keeping in mind that while many people here in New York consider it to be a neighborhood restaurant, it’s a destination and a splurge for many. Finding affordable options on the wine list simply ensures that anyone can have a great time at Bar Boulud, so that’s my goal!

The first feature of the menu places an emphasis on variety and value. The flights of three (red, white and for cheese) really make ordering and exploring wines easy, and at $25 or less a flight, it is very affordable. I’m sure that these wines, and the pricing, change with regularity, but let me just say that today’s selections are great and I would be very tempted to just skip reading the list and buy a flight of three to accompany each of my courses!

For reference today’s wines are:

Vin Blanc
Argyros Atlantis Assyrtiko
Salomon Hochterrassen Gruner Veltliner
Domaine Grippa St. Joseph Blanc

Vin Rouge

J Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin
Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo
Chad Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon

Vin Pour le Fromage

Lustau Jarana Light Fino Sherry
Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port
Ch. D’Arche-Pugneau Sauternes