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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 1995s are lush, velvety and perfectly mature. The 1996s exhibit incredible structure that is reminiscent of the purity and power of the 2010 vintage.

photo 1The Peninsula was the perfect location for the tasting. Seventy-five guests joined us in the Verandah Room to taste through the wines and enjoy an impressive array of hors d’oeuvres and cheese from Chef David Codney’s kitchen. It was a pleasure to meet many of our West Coast clients first time and to catch up with old friends.

It is hard to choose favorites with such an impressive line-up, but some stand-outs of the evening were 1996 Cheval Blanc, 1996 Latour, 1995 Angelus, and 1995 Montrose. Both of the vintages seemed to be showing equally well. The power, precision, and purity of the First Growths stood out over the course of the evening.

Hart Davis Hart holds an annual Comparative Bordeaux Tasting in Chicago in the fall. In past years we have compared 2009 and 2010,1990 and 2000, 1985 and 1986 and many more. We also look forward to taking the Comparative Bordeaux Tasting on the road again in the future. If you would be interested in having us come to your city please feel free to let us know. In the meantime, you can shop available 1995 and 1996 Bordeaux through our retail website. A full listing of all available Bordeaux is available here.

Cheers!

A Postcard from Asia

A Postcard from Asia

It was hot and humid; the air thick and the city bustling.  It was the beginning of July and I had just landed back in Hong Kong.  I thought to myself, I had to get ready for dinner; no time to waste. I hauled 65 pounds of luggage along with a case of wine up toContinue Reading

Brazil and Wine: A Natural Pairing (Part 2)

Brazil and Wine: A Natural Pairing (Part 2)

This past March, Paul Hart and I visited clients in Brazil as we do each year.  Below I detail a few brief anecdotes from our journey that I think illustrate many of the points I highlighted in my previous post. Rio: Lorenzo Café and Casa Carandai The restaurant, Lorenzo Bistro, and the gourmet shop, CasaContinue Reading

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

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

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

Harris Collection: 1985 Burgundy Dinner Recap

On Wednesday, January 15th we gathered at Michelin Starred L’altro in Hong Kong for one of the most anticipated dinners HDH has ever held in Asia: a tasting of 1985 Burgundies from the H.B. Harris Jr. Collection.   There is nothing hotter in Hong Kong right now than Burgundy, and putting together a group of BurgsContinue Reading

Green Shippers: Collecting Wine, Not Styrofoam.

Green Shippers: Collecting Wine, Not Styrofoam.

Behind every collection of wine, however small or large, there is a great deal of care that has been given to the handling of each bottle. A bottle might travel around the globe (more than once!) before it’s ever opened, and to ensure that first sip is everything the collector has hoped for it mustContinue Reading

The Best Corkage Fee in Town

The Best Corkage Fee in Town

I am an absolute nut when it comes to bringing wine to restaurants. It started six years ago when I was living in San Francisco. San Francisco is notorious for having corkage-friendly policies as one might expect, given its proximity to Napa and Sonoma. I found the city’s policies to be very encouraging, particularly since I was/stillContinue Reading

The Air Down There

The Air Down There

In my nearly twenty years in the wine auction business I have come across every conceivable type of wine storage. I have been in hundreds of wine cellars on three different continents and set up three commercial wine storage facilities. It has gotten to the point where I can detect subtle differences in temperature andContinue Reading

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