Sommelier Roundtable: What's in Your Personal Cellar?

Sommelier Roundtable: What's in Your Personal Cellar?

Wine Spectator |
Wine Spectator |
Feb 12, 2019
Original Article: "Sommelier Roundtable: What's in Your Personal Cellar?"

These 9 wine pros sell bottles for a living, but here’s what they collect on their own dime and time

On the job, sommeliers may nudge diners toward certain personal favorites, but ultimately they serve the wines their customers demand. On their own time, in their own cellars, though, they can lay down the wines they love best.

We asked nine wine pros from Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners what’s in their personal cellars, and their answers included both the classics and the up-and-comers, from Rhône legends to Aussie Rieslings—to “I just end up drinking it all.” Read about these experts’ collections, and get some inspiration for your own!

Wine Spectator: What’s in your cellar now? What types of wine do you personally collect?

Richard Hanauer, beverage director for Chicago-based RPM Restaurants, including two locations of Best of Award of Excellence winner RPM Italian and RPM Steak

Hermitage—buckets and buckets of Hermitage, red and white. Since my youngest wine-drinking days, I have always been obsessed with “the wines of the hill.” Chave, Chapoutier and Jaboulet are the regular occurrences, but I also have bottlings from smaller wineries and co-ops. When I’m not focusing on my favorite hill during the weekends, I love drinking Australian whites and Loire reds during the week.

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