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ABOUT US

The best wines in the world aren’t sitting on the shelves of a wine store. The rarest, oldest and most coveted wines are traded in an invisible network of private collectors, auction houses and overseas distributors. Harper’s Club is your point of access to these wines.

We work closely with our clients to plan a long term collection that is tailored to each collectors preferences and long term goals.  We learn your personal tastes and cater all of our recommendations specifically for you. We also help you manage your collection to make sure that none of your bottles pass their prime, are stored incorrectly, and that you always have exactly what you need waiting for you in your cellar.

 

Whether you are just discovering your passion for fine wine and want to learn more as you begin to fill your cellar, or you are a long time oenophile planning your collection for future generations, Harper’s Club can make sure you are purchasing the best wines with the finest provenance.

Chris Hoel

founder

Christopher Hoel is the Founder of Harper’s Club, a private wine advisory firm which helps shape some of the world’s most amazing wine collections. He works hand in hand with clients to develop strategies specifically tailored to each individual’s needs and lifestyle. Chris travels extensively across the US and abroad, meeting with clients and discovering new wines, winemakers, and restaurants.

 

Previously his career was almost entirely seated in restaurants with his last stop at The French Laundry, a world-renowned Michelin 3 star restaurant in Yountville, CA where he spent 4 years helping to run the staff and 3,000+ selection wine list

 

Throughout his 20+ year wine career, Chris has been recognized with some of the industry's highest accolades, including top honors in the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Sommelier Competition. Mr. Hoel is also a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators and is currently pursuing the last stage of the Master Sommelier Diploma with the Court of Master Sommeliers.

 

Prior to joining the French Laundry, Chris shared his passion for fine and rare wines as a sommelier and wine educator in the Midwest at a company he founded called the St. Louis Wine Clinic. He has worked on some of the best beverage programs in the country and has lead Grand Award-winning wine programs in several locations.

 

Mr. Hoel has also been featured in several magazine and news articles as well charting his experiences and successes throughout his career. He’s been featured in GQ Magazine, The Riverfront Times, St. Louis Magazine, Feast Magazine, 1000corks.com, Sauce Magazine, drinkwiththewench.com and Browns Best.  Chris also writes a monthly column for St. Louis magazine called “Liquid Assets” covering all things alcohol in wine and spirits.

 

Presently Chris lives in Hollywood, CA.  When he’s not traveling, he loves to hike in Griffith Park, surf in Malibu and try as many new restaurants as possible, all the while discovering new beverages in all forms everywhere.

Joshua Prince

director of operations

Joshua Prince is a founding team member of Harper’s Club and brings a wealth of knowledge from his 15 years in the hospitality and wine industries.

 

Josh’s experience in professional kitchens paved the way to his wine career. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, he honed his cooking skills in restaurants in New York City, Chicago and Ohio. It wasn’t until he landed a job at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s flagship restaurant in Manhattan that he fully caught the wine bug. During his seven-and-a-half-year tenure at Jean-Georges, he helped run the award-winning service and bar program as well as wine list. Josh also spent time at the nationally renowned retailer Astor Wines and Spirits, which allowed him to explore the retail market and further his knowledge fine and rare spirits.

 

After a decade in New York, he relocated to the Bay Area in 2014 to live and work near America’s premier wine regions. Josh has focused his efforts on curating private wine collections and creating deep relationships in Napa and Sonoma.

 

Josh is a sucker for the classic wine regions of the world and can often be found with a glass of Bordeaux or Champagne in his hand. His favorite wines to date are: 1982 Chateau Palmer for its regal elegance; 1966 Chateau Latour for its savory power; 1995 Henri Jayer Cros Parantoux for its pure expression of terroir; 1985 Trimbach Clos Sainte Hune for its bounitiful aromatics and chiseled back bone; and any vintage of Philipponnat Clos des Goisses.

 

When he’s not imbibing and pursuing the Advance Sommelier certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers, Josh enjoys the equally humbling hobbies of hand-tool woodworking and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.