Master of Wine Ashley Hausman

2/13 Master of Wine Ashley Hausman

Ashley Hausman

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: Welcome to #SommChat everyone! Tell your friends to join us to learn abt #wines from Master Of #Wine Ashley Hausman @ahausman14

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: We’d like to introduce you to Master Of #Wine Ashley Hausman @ahausman14! #SommChat

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: We're about ready to dive in w/questions, so shout out to Ashley Hausman, MW @ahausman14 to say hello & so she knows you're here! #WineWednesday #SommChat

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Keeper Collection @keepercoll: As we ask our Qs, you can ask Ashley your Qs as well! She'll do her best to answer all Qs in the order they come #SommChat

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: W so many participants lots of gr8 Q's R asked! Even if u dont ask 1--give a S/O 2 Master Of #Wine @ahausman14 & @keepercoll 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: Let's start talking #wines with Master Of #Wine Ashley Hausman @ahausman14! #WineWednesday #SommChat

Ashley Hausman MW @ahausman14: So great to be here today! Can't wait to answer some questions!

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm Can you share @ahausman14 about status of #colorado #wine growing and what grapes are most prevalent in the area?

Ashely Hausman MW @ahausman14: Seeing a bit of growth that there are distinct microclimates. We have two AVAs-- in Grand Valley (around 4500 ft), Bdx varieties prominent, while in West Elks at over 6000 ft (!) Pinot, Riesling & other Alsace Var. do best #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS @SandyWasserman: Good morning @ahausman14 How did you get your start in the wine industry and who are your mentors? Thanks #sommchat

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: welcome back to #SommChat today - do you know much art #Colorado #Wine

Sandy Wasserman CS @SandyWasserman: Glad to be here....Much art? #sommchat

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: meant about

Sandy Wasserman CS @SandyWasserman: Gotcha. I don't know very much about #Colorado #Wine I think only @Infinite_Chimp is available in AZ and may have tasted once. #Sommchat

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: Hello from #SommChat @Path2Wine look forward to your questions for @ahausman14

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: @ahausman14 You formed Mistral Wine Co. in 2014, could you tell us a little about the business and how you got started in that? #SommChat

Ashley Hausman MW @ahausman14: Yes! @mistralwine was founded on education-- a way to offer education both professional and consumer driven to Coloradans. I also contract for a couple distributors/importers through my business-- Old World Wine Co and Craft Wine Co. #SommChat

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm can you share how the cold winters with snow etc affect postively or negatively the 2 AVAs @ahausman14

Ashley Hausman MW @ahausman14: So in Grand Valley, we rely on the wind that blows through the canyon to help protect the vines from frost. Still, it can be unstoppable and there can be much loss in certain years. Many winemakers must keep spare canes on in the spring in case some are lost... #SommChat

Ashley Hausman MW @ahausman14: Some varieties are better adapted than others (Cab Franc is doing quite well!). Overall yields can vary tremendously-- a big challenge. And there is much hybrid research going on at the moment. #SommChat

Courtney Quinn @Path2Wine: Ashley, thank you for sharing more on Colorado wine. I have enjoyed @MCWineMaker @creeksidecellar Cabernet Franc #sommchat

Ashley Hausman MW @ahausman14: Definitely! Cab Franc is my favorite red variety from Colorado. @MCWineMaker makes some beauties. I also like ones from @BookCliff , @ColterrisWines , Carboy winery and @Infinite_Chimp #SommChat

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: @ahausman14 Can you explain the process you went through to become a Master of #wine and what it was like being #Colorado’s first Master of Wine? #SommChat

Ashley Hausman MW @ahausman14: I began with the @MasterSommUS through certified L2 in 09? Then I went on to do @WSETglobal through Diploma in 2014 to prepare for @mastersofwine. I tried to work in as many parts of the industry I could and travel at any opportunity. And so many books. So many. #SommChat

Courtney Quinn @Path2Wine: Q. Ashley, what are the top 3 wine regions would you recommend visiting? What books were dogeared the most? #sommchat

Ashely Hausman MW @ahausman14: My favorite regions have included: @ribeirasacrado, @piedmontwines and (I need 2!!!) Burgundy and Champagne. The latter two because I learn so much each time. The former two because I thought I may never come back. Recent trip to Willamette did the same to me. #SommChat

Ashley Hausman MW @ahausman14: Books that got me started were any/every @JancisRobinson I could find! Especially Oxford Companion. Zraly helped me with my start. Love Neorogastronomy/enology. So many!!! Where do I start? scratching the surface #sommChat

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: note #Piedmont #italy is the correct area of note below #SommCHat

The Vested Sommelier @vestedsommelier: Any sparkling wines out of Colorado we should keep an eye on? #SommChat

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: welcome back to #SommChat today - always appreciated your insightlful questions :)

Ashley Hausman MW @ahausman14: You know-- I wish we did more!! I think it could really take off. There- my secret is out. ;) But I do think @Infinite_Chimp does a lovely trad method Bubbles Universe with Colorado grown Albarino. Delicious and so promising! #SommChat

The Vested Sommelier @vestedsommelier: I was hoping for some that High elevation Pinot Noir, & if yields vary a NV system could work. Here’s hoping!

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @ahausman14 where do you see the outside interest in pursuing #Colorado #wine coming from? is the cost of land attractive and is it increasing ?

Ashley Hausman MW @ahausman14: I think some have come initially for lifestyle-some of the most beautiful vineyards in the world!While land less $, they are so hard to work,not super lucrative. I think it's the challenge-the pioneering spirit that draws people to understand this terroir. Figure it out.#Sommchat

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: @ahausman can you share your experiences as a Judge @texsomiwa and what makes it special? will you be judging this year? #SommChat

Ashley Hausman MW @ahausman14: @texsomiwa brings so many talented palates together in one room to judge thousands of international wines. I am honored to look at the roster and get the opportunity to learn from my colleagues and discuss the direction of wine regions and styles. #SommChat

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: We can’t wait to be @texsomiwa in a week and look forward to seeing you there @ahausman14 among so many of the biggest names in the #wine industry #SommChat

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: @Virginia_Made great to see you on #SommChat today - hope all is well

Kathy Wiedermann @Virginia_Made: I’m doing great and you! Hope to keep popping in as time allows. #peskydayjob

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: @BecHopkins great to see you popup on #SommChat today - hope things have been well with you!

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Som @ahausman14 Do you have any favorite restaurants in #Colorado and how are #wine lists developing throughout the state? can you describe the colorado #Wine consumer & it is changing?

Ashely Hausman MW @ahausman14: I love @spuntinodenver, @BeckonCall, @hopalleydenver, @tavernettaden, Morin, Mercantile and old favorites like @Table6Denver. I think we are seeing more diversity of regions, natural wines, bubbles. Coloradans are def getting more global and adventurous! #SommChat

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: @ahausman14 What does a day in your work life look like? #SommChat

Ashley Hausman MW @ahausman14: By day, I represent two distribution companies selling high end French wine (Bouchard, Pernot, Prevost, Dutraive) and domestic (Walter Scott, Ceritas, Jolie Laide). Outside, I am always prepping educational events. I teach Enology for @msudenver. i write. #SommChat

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of wine talk with Master Of #Wine Ashley Hausman @ahausman14 #WineWednesday #SommChat

Ashley Hausman MW @ahausman14: That went to fast! Thank you to everyone for your questions! I would be more than happy to answer any additional questions you have through messages if I didn't get to yours. Cheers! #SommChat

James Tidwell @winejames: Thanks @ahausman14 !

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: It was great to have Master Of #Wine Ashley Hausman @ahausman14 join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WineWednesday

Keeper Collection @keepercoll: Please join us in thanking Master Of #Wine Ashley Hausman @ahausman14 for her time!! #SommChat