The History of Hart Davis Hart Wine Co.
In October 2004, Michael Davis and Paul Hart, the most experienced wine auctioneers in America, partnered with world-renowned fine wine purveyor John Hart of John Hart Fine Wines to form Hart Davis Hart Wine Company (hdhwine.com). Hart Davis Hart Wine Company combines live wine auctions with a state-of-the-art wine retail system, and is backed by the most experienced team offering the most highly personalized service of any fine and rare wine company in the United States.
Michael Davis and Paul Hart, with combined experience of 50 years at Sotheby’s, Davis & Company and Christie’s are pleased to be back in the auction arena after a brief hiatus. They are colleagues of 15 years and shared the title of Senior Vice President at Sotheby’s and Co-Head of their North American Wine Department. When their contract with Sotheby’s expired in 2003, they took positions as Executive Vice Presidents of John Hart Fine Wine, Chicago’s premier fine and rare wine firm founded by John Hart in 1993. The trio worked together in the early 1990s when Christie’s first launched wine auctions in the United States and have again joined forces to synergize their teams’ talents and experience. John Hart is Chairman, Michael Davis is Vice Chairman, and Paul Hart is CEO.
“We spent the several months learning John Hart’s retail business, developing a state-of-the-art website, and building an expert team composed of John’s seasoned staff and a handful of former colleagues from both Sotheby’s and Davis & Company,” stated Michael Davis. “The fusion of our resources has enabled us to launch a dynamic auction division devoted to showcasing cellars of impeccable provenance.” Included in this blockbuster team are fine wine experts and Vice Presidents Allan Frischman and Ben Ferdinand.
John Hart, who has nurtured relationships with collectors for 30 years and helped make Chicago an important part of the rare wine market, remains very active with the business. “I’m thrilled with how the business has evolved,” said Hart. “We now have a team with unparalleled experience, and we are all very excited by the dynamic nature of offering both auction and retail services in one house. The future looks very bright for Hart Davis Hart.”
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