Author Archives: Moriah Spicer

70s Bordeaux: Affordable, Approachable, and Delicious

70s Bordeaux: Affordable, Approachable, and Delicious

There is a great consignment of 70s Bordeaux in the January internet auction. We tasted through a few bottles at the office a couple of weeks ago. The wines are fantastic! I love drinking Bordeaux from the 70s. Every time I open a bottle, I wonder why I don’t do so more often. There are a number of appealing factors. First and foremost, the wines are delicious. They are also affordable, approachable, and offer a different perspective on Bordeaux than what many of us are accustomed to.

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The 70s wines are restrained and ready to drink. These are not behemoths that leave you reaching for a piece of bread. They show well right when the cork is popped, but will continue to develop over the course of the day. We opened ’70 Les Forts de Latour here at the office around 2pm. It was a favorite during the tasting, and I brought the rest to dinner that evening. It was still going strong at 7pm. In fact, it was better – especially with food!

I suggest careful review of lots 1 – 100 in our upcoming auction. Other favorites include ’78 Pichon Lalande and ’75 Latour.

Northern Rhône Dinner Recap

One of the wonderful things about working for Hart Davis Hart is the opportunity to attend the special events that surround our auctions. During my five years at HDH I have been lucky to be part of a number of once-in-a-lifetime dinners. It’s hard to pick favorites but a few come to mind: 1960s Bordeaux at the nowContinue Reading

LA Comparative Bordeaux Tasting Recap

LA Comparative Bordeaux Tasting Recap

Last Thursday, a group of us escaped chilly Chicago to host a Comparative Bordeaux Tasting at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. The tasting compared the 1995 and 1996 vintages, both of which are drinking beautifully right now. The evening was a truly special opportunity to taste these two highly rated vintages side-by-side. The 1995sContinue Reading

Michael Davis on “I’ll Drink To That!”

Levi Dalton’s popular podcast, “I’ll Drink To That!,” was founded in 2012 and features more than 200 interviews with wine professionals from around the globe. The bi-weekly show is an incredible resource for wine professionals and enthusiasts alike, providing an insider’s view into the minds of respected sommeliers, vintners, importers, retailers and wine journalists. Episode 202, releasedContinue Reading

How to be a Savvy Auction Consignor

How to be a Savvy Auction Consignor

For many collectors wine is a significant asset. Every auction house offers a slightly different approach to selling so the decision about where to sell must be considered carefully. Asking the right questions on the front end will help lead to a positive experience and an improved financial return for your cellar. Here are several key thingsContinue Reading

HDH Restaurant Favorites: Seattle

The Pacific Northwest is a mecca of great food. One of the things I like about Seattle’s food scene is the range of styles and prices. If you want a great bowl of Ramen for $8, head over to Samurai Noodle in the International District (ID). Looking for fine dining and one of the bestContinue Reading

Krug Tasting Recap

Julien Pepin Lehalleur, Business Development Manager for USA and Asia at Moet Hennessy stopped by HDH yesterday to pour four bottlings of Krug: Vintage Krug from 2000 and 2003, Grand Cuvee and Krug Rose. Julien also discussed Krug’s style, history and production practices. Here at HDH we are already big fans of Krug so itContinue Reading

Who’s your Pappy?

Who’s your Pappy?

You’ve probably heard of Pappy Van Winkle. Pappy has been popping up on major news outlets from CNN to Slate due to the recent, massive theft from the Pappy distillery. This unfortunate event has made Pappy more infamous than it already was. For years, the famed Frankfurt, Kentucky producer has been one of the mostContinue Reading

Raveneau Tasting at MK in Chicago

Raveneau Tasting at MK in Chicago

On Friday night, HDH hosted an exceptional tasting of 14 wines from the legendary Chablis producer, Francois Raveneau. The private room at MK Restaurant was the perfect space for the tasting and Chef Erick Williams himself manned the raw bar, popping open oyster after delicious oyster to pair alongside the wines. It’s safe to sayContinue Reading

Highlights from Bordeaux (Day 2)

Highlights from Bordeaux (Day 2)

Day two in Bordeaux was jam packed with six Chateau visits: Cheval Blanc, Vieux Chateau Certan, L’Eglise Clinet, Larcis Ducasse, Haut Bailly and Pape-Clement. In contrast to the Left Bank, the Right Bank has a somewhat more intimate and rustic feel. Namely, the properties tend to be a lot smaller.   Stop 1: Cheval BlancContinue Reading

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