Originally from Wisconsin, I moved to Colorado in 2005 in order to get closer to the mountains and rock climb. When it occurred to me that I would never make money with that hobby, I went to grad school. I received a masters in English and American Literature from New York University in May of 2009. I have since then opted not to pursue a PhD, for studying and writing about wine is far more fascinating (well, perhaps not moreso than Virginia Woolf, but still… for the long haul?). My favorite wines come from the old world, especially the Rhone, Burgundy, Rioja, Piedmont, and Tuscany. I am also smitten with roses, Italian hard-to-pronounce white varietals, and dessert wines from around the world. By day I run a wine shop. By nite, I sip and tell. It’s rough… but someone must do this.
ahausman has written 182 posts for the persistent palate.

MW scribbles no 1: deep breath.

“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”– Harper Lee I cling to that quote as I set about this educational journey which parallels no other that I have attempted to this point– even my M.A. in Lit seemed much more … Continue reading

autumn leaves in colorado…

Autumn is, without a moment’s hesitation, my favorite season. Since I was little, I was drawn to the change of color, the onset of contemplation at school, the softening of the sun’s hue, the crescendo of the harvest’s intensely flavored foods. In fall, the words of Emerson ring most true… the melodic hum of life … Continue reading

euro scribbles: a balmy summer night in Pau…

There are those days when it seems the world just lets itself in, just under the skin– it becomes part of you with its impression. The past few hours fell into one of those rare and wonderful times. I threw on my shoes, looking for not much more than a long walk to gather my … Continue reading

euro scribbles: a quick stop in the Languedoc…

We took a night in Narbonne with the team– a much needed fast from decadent cheese, desserts and wine (by fast, I of course mean we just had a little)– the hotel where we stayed just off the A7 between a truck stop and an industrial park fortunately did persuade our palates to overindulge. We … Continue reading

euro scribbles: epic raindrops in the rhone…

Heartbreak in the south as well. Just as I was settling into the car this morning, anxious to meet another producer–Helene Thebon of Mas de Libian–I called her son Aurelian to confirm the address. This polite but flustered young man explained that perhaps it wasn’t the best day to visit. The hard rain I felt … Continue reading

euro scribbles: a mid-summer night’s dream at la beaugraviere.

That night, we had to go to La Beaugraviere in Mondragon. It is one of our favorite restaurants in the world. The food is very good and reflective of local specialties. Actually, they are regionally famous for their talent in truffle hunting. You can enjoy your truffles just about any which way you desire. Mostly, … Continue reading

euro scribbles: travels outside the tongue.

It turns out that I simply cannot drink all the time. Experience cannot only depend on the tale of the tongue. A few entries from my last few days… July 17 Back at Pere Bise, I am sore from pinching myself. Each time I peer back out my window, it is still there– the diamond … Continue reading

euro scribbles: savoie sips of âpremont at domaine jean masson

I moved to Colorado, because I am overwhelmed by mountains– their size, silence and beauty. Their omniscient presence. From my passion for climbing them to the character the remnants imbue in the wine I am most fond of drinking, rocks and soil hold me captive. They offer me nothing but joy and contemplation. So one … Continue reading

euro scribbles: the hipsters of bourgogne.

Not a few kilmometers away was our next appointment in Auxey-Duresses with the oldest new kids in town: Clos du Moulin aux Moines. This estate was among the first to ever be settled and operating in Bourgogne back in 962 A.D. The Cluny monks knew what was up when they saw a productive river flowing … Continue reading

euro scribbles: a few minutes can change everything.

In a matter of a few minutes, one can take the dog out, write a short letter, enjoy a roller coaster or smoke a cigarette. It seems brief. Maybe even insignificant oftentimes in terms of duration. But in light of natural disaster, each second is weighted with consequence. Before making our way to Annecy, I … Continue reading


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