Category Archives: Wine

Producer Profile: Château Pavie

In 1998, when Gérard Perse purchased Château Pavie, the estate and modern winemaking in Bordeaux were changed forever. A polarizing figure, Perse committed an immense amount of time and capital into modernizing the Château and instilled vigorous pruning and selection processes that dropped the yield from about 55 hL/h to around 30 hL/h. Famed consultantContinue Reading

Juicy Details with David Larson: Sangiovese

I want to devote a few blog posts to Italy’s most widely planted varietal, Sangiovese. Planted throughout the country, it has its greatest concentration in the center of Italy-Tuscany, Umbria, Emilia-Romagna and the Marche. An ancient varietal that has had qualitative ups and downs in recent times, Sangiovese has benefited greatly from modern clonal research. Continue 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

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

Producer Profile: Château Pichon Lalande

Producer Profile: Château Pichon Lalande

In addition to château-direct consignments from Montrose and Cheval Blanc, our upcoming auction, A Celebration of Bordeaux, features a consignment direct from the cellars of Château Pichon Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande (lots 1103-1133). We’re delighted to offer the wines of this historic Pauillac estate, and we encourage you to explore the careful balance of traditionContinue Reading

What is HDH Drinking this Labor Day?

What is HDH Drinking this Labor Day?

It’s that time of year again: time to put away the seersucker jackets and white pants, bid adieu to the summer, and finalize your Fantasy Football drafts in preparation for football season. Labor Day means no work and all play, so here’s what the HDH team will be drinking on Monday: 2013 Bandol Rosé, DomaineContinue Reading

Lieu-Dit: The Naming of a Place

Lieu-Dit: The Naming of a Place

First, I have a confession to make. For more years than I care to admit (this isn’t a full confession), I thought I knew all there was to know about the French wine label. I had it all figured out. I knew all the regions, the appellations, the producers, I even knew the specific namesContinue 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

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