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ahausman

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 169 posts for the persistent palate.

euro scribbles: a final note… (it involves fist-pumping a french waiter)

Words fail to conjure the emotion felt the first time you set eyes upon or even return to a place like the southern Rhone. We pulled up to a hotel we know quite well, a 16th century castle King Henry built for his mistress but called his ‘hunting lodge’, called Chateau Massillan.  Young lavender filled … Continue reading

euro scribbles… there’s more!

(A couple weeks ago now… )   Detached and half sleeping, I am patient for my triple espresso to come to my rescue. It’s the day after the centennial celebration of the world’s most famous cycling race, and I am tired. Still, sleeping past 10a seems hardly an option with just a few short days … Continue reading

euro scribbles… day one in paris… (a week ago :/)

As I sit in a lovely courtyard, the sound of a water fountain trickling behind me, and I sip on my coffee, I miss one thing… if I were home, I wouldn’t be sniffing up a pack of cigarettes with my meal. Oh the French. Some things maybe won’t change.   Jet lag is settling … Continue reading

euro scribbles: am i really here?

True appreciation seems to necessarily require meditation in opposition. We can’t appreciate sleep without exhaustion, relief without worry, healing without pain. Likewise, vacation never seems to taste to sweet as when it comes from the bittersweet pain of a very real week– at work, home and personally. I couldn’t have imagined how exquisite an eight … Continue reading

euro scribbles: am i really here?

True appreciation seems to necessarily require meditation in opposition. We can’t appreciate sleep without exhaustion, relief without worry, healing without pain. Likewise, vacation never seems to taste to sweet as when it comes from the bittersweet pain of a very real week– at work, home and personally. I couldn’t have imagined how exquisite an eight … Continue reading

100 years: Sipping through the Tour de France 2013

January 1903 it was announced. There would be a cycling race around France. It would be epic. It would be one to follow. At least.. that’s was the flailing newspaper L’Auto hoped. In light of the Dreyfus Affair coverage, its rivaling paper Le Velo was selling near 80,000 copies a day. L’Auto was at its … Continue reading

Start Summer with a Kick… A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc I Love! (yep…)

It’s not everyday that I am wooed by the Sauvignon Blancs south of the equator–namely any that are not of French birth. It seems, however, one woman has changed my mind: Jules Taylor. While her Sauvignon Blancs are absolutely nothing short of the nervy, electric versions one might expect from New Zealand, hers hits a … Continue reading

duck confit’s best companion…

We gathered round last night for our annual Wine Geek Dinner–a tradition started by my dear friend and local owner of wine distributing company Elysium Fine Wines, Trevor Martin. Each year, he sharpens his retired knives, retrieves the remnants of techniques learned back in the days of culinary school and working the line, and delivers … Continue reading

Unplugged… for real.

Even in all my travels to places foreign or remote alike, I have never been too far from the circuit. Work, family and friends were all push of a button away. For the first time, well… ever, really, I am literally on a deserted island with no way to communicate to the outside world.   … Continue reading

euro scribbles: reminiscing on austria…

I have long wanted to go to Austria. Perhaps it was the obsession I had with great mountains and culture that painted the screen in The Sound of Music when I was little. Or it could be my adulthood love affair with its peculiar, vibrant wines of Gruner Veltliner and Zweigelt, Blaufrankish and Muskateller. Regardless … Continue reading

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