Category Archives: Tasting

California Classics

California Classics

The early 1990′s marked the emergence of a new “hedonistic” style in Napa Valley.  With the likes of Harlan, Bryant Family and Maya, the “Cult Cabernet” scene was born and in the subsequent years, consumers have been blessed with more expressions of Cabernet than ever before.   In short, it’s been a great time to beContinue Reading

Birth Year Vintage Wines

There is a fine line where rare bottles can both be a novelty and an incredible experience- we have been fortunate to walk it. The excitement of pulling the cork on a bottle from a birth vintage is unparalleled to any wine lover. We have been privileged to share some wonderful bottles with friends andContinue Reading

Bordeaux, the Once and Future King

Bordeaux, the Once and Future King

Sometimes there are things in this world that are so amazing for so long that we forget how great they are.  When I lived in Africa and had nothing but blue sky days and starry nights, I rarely took the time to just bathe in the beauty and enjoy.  Yet when I lived in ChinaContinue Reading

Bruno Giacosa Dinner Recap

Bruno Giacosa Dinner Recap

We have witnessed a revolution of wine making talent around the world in the past few decades.  Where once single villages and counties could lay claim to being the world’s only reputable source of a certain varietal or blend, advances in oenology have made it possible for the likes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir,Continue Reading

2014 Champagne Tasting Recap

2014 Champagne Tasting Recap

Last Thursday we had our 8th annual Champagne tasting. As always, we had a wonderful evening enjoying the best that Champagne has to offer. This year’s venue was Studio Paris, located above the Paris Club Bistro and Bar on W. Hubbard Street. Guests enjoyed a beautiful array of appetizers prepared by Chef Doug Psaltis including truffledContinue 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

Dominus: An Old World Approach to New World Vines

One of the first wines I tasted as an employee of HDH was a bottle of 2009 Dominus.  As a Northern California native and a graduate of the University of California, Davis, I was already familiar (and enamored) with an array of Golden State wines, most of which were made by Californian or American winemakersContinue Reading

A Day (and Two Nights) in Paso Robles

A Day (and Two Nights) in Paso Robles

Being of hearty northern European stock, I am largely immune to the chill of winter – that is until this especially brutal winter turned all of Chicago into an ice palace. I’m fairly certain it was the twelve consecutive weeks of obligatory self-swaddling that convinced me that booking a flight to Los Angeles was necessary.Continue Reading

Behind the Glass: A Guide to the Best Stemware

Behind the Glass: A Guide to the Best Stemware

I am a utilitarian, following in the footsteps of the wise Jeremy Bentham (photo right). I care about getting my money’s worth, regardless of what I purchase. So when I decided it was time to upgrade my stemware, I used the same basic criteria I always use: 1) durability, 2) versatility, and 3) value. When I startedContinue 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

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