Boulud Sud, NYC
Chef sommelier: Michael Madrigale
Michael Madrigale took a risk at Boulud Sud risk by placing oft-misunderstood and neglected regions–Languedoc, Roussillon, and the entire country of Greece–in front of an established Upper West Side audience accustomed sucking down Bordeaux and Burgundy. He could have never imagined he'd end up with pre-opera crowd adventurous enough that they'd come in asking for assyrtiko, but that's exactly what happened. It's forward-thinking list whose success has proven that a fine dining list can exist outside the box and still succeed. As the creepy voice in the cornfield once said, "If you build it, they will come."
Standouts: Chateau des Estanilles, Faugères Blanc, Languedoc 2006 $59; Salomon Undhof, Riesling 'Pfaffenberg' Krems 1996 $120; Argyros Estate, Mavrotragano, Santorini 2008 $95; Domaine d'Aupilhac, Montpeyroux, Languedoc 2008 $50