Category Archives: History

Brazil and Wine: A Natural Pairing (Part 1)

Brazil and Wine: A Natural Pairing (Part 1)

I can honestly say that I am as comfortable in Brazil as I am in anyplace else. My love affair with Brazil began sixteen years ago when, by chance, I met a Brasileira here in Chicago and married her two years later.  As a younger man, I had no inkling that my life would beContinue Reading

Memories from Tastings Past

Memories from Tastings Past

John Hart and I could not help but feel a little bit nostalgic at this past May’s events for the Burgundy auction. When I first learned Chef Johan Bjorklund of Le Bistro de L’ Hotel de Beaune was coming to Chicago, I was thrilled. His presence at Ada Street (see image right) and throughout the weekend remindedContinue Reading

The Inspection Process – Part I: Cataloging (The Unknown Knowns of Wine)

Below is a recent exchange I had with an acquaintance: “So, what is it that you do?” “I am a Wine Inspector.” “Oh, so you get to sit around and drink wine all day.” “No, not exactly. You’re thinking of Harry Caray.” “Ok, so what does a Wine Inspector do then?” “Well, I’m not sure where to start…”Continue Reading

Doctor’s Orders: “Medicinal” Spirits During American Prohibition

Doctor’s Orders: “Medicinal” Spirits During American Prohibition

We at HDH are currently gearing up for our June auction, and one of the most unique lots that will be featured the sale is a rare full case of 24 individually packaged pints of Dougherty’s 1917 Private Stock Pure Rye Whiskey, bottled in the Spring of 1930 and sold in America during Prohibition forContinue Reading

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