Located inside The Jefferson, a boutique hotel just five blocks from the White House, Plume could easily pass as a one of Paris’s toniest dining destinations. The 1300-label wine list, which is heavy on Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne, is equally luxurious. (Even a tame meal for two with a humble wine will cost more than $300.)
But while the list is geared to those with deep pockets—offering verticals of Bordeaux estates like Château Mouton-Rothschild and cult Napa producers like Araujo and Harlan—budget-conscious wine lovers won’t be disappointed. In fact, the list offers wines from producers like Radikon and The Scholium Project without much markup, as well as enough riesling and grower Champagne to keep acid heads happy. The Madeira selection is stunning, with 30 different options by the glass going all the way back to 1795.