Lirac is an up-an-coming appellation that lies just west of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and embraces a similar terroir. Over the years, the great Rhône River has deposited a layer of rounded stones known…

Michel Chapoutier is the ultimate overachiever. Not only do his thrilling single-vineyards set the benchmark for the entire Rhône Valley, but he also produces some of the best value wines on the…

Domaine Vieille Julienne is one of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s finest properties. They farm biodynamically with traditional winemaking and produce extraordinarily long-ageing, concentrated Châteauneufs as well as acclaimed Côtes du Rhônes. While quality is…

This week Roland sent members of The Wine Cellar Pack our second quarterly offer: Rocking Rhône. Please note that this six-bottle selection is only available to members. To order these wines, and…

The string of great Rhône vintages continues with a recent review of the 2012 Chapoutiers, now offered en-primeur. Chapoutier’s old-vine, biodynamically-farmed SPs (Sélections Parcellaires) only yield 300-800 cases each. They are made…

2014 will be a tough year for buying imported wine as the Rand slides past its worst levels in history against the Euro. Bordeaux, Burgundy and other famed European regions…

Yves Cuilleron, the brilliant Rhone winemaker, was in South Africa for a bit, and Wine Cellar organised a dinner at Harald Bresselschmidt’s Auslese venu. We got to taste through the…

Roland was recently touring France to find the best wines to bring back to sell at Wine Cellar, and popped into visit Rhone legend, Jamet.