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HoseMaster of Wine: Wine Gets Naked


HoseMaster of Wine

I was turned on (no pun intended) to the HoseMaster of Wine[nsfw] through a post on Tom Wark’s Fermentation Blog, and this blog is the real deal.

The blog was birthed by Ron Washam, “After 19 years as a Sommelier in Los Angeles…moved to Sonoma County to explore the other aspects of the wine business”. He quickly validates my decision to leave behind the rat race of corporate restaurant work by saying, “I’ve spent, OK wasted, 30 years learning about and teaching about and swallowing wine.” I like this guy already.

Did I mention that this blog is the first beverage journalism I’ve come across that incorporates liberal nudity as a part of its journalistic arsenal? Yes, this is something I can get into. I know that my mom checks our blog regularly, so I know nudity isn’t something I parade around on our site, but I dig that Mr. Washam is making this move for the rest of us.

The blog’s design consists of a patterned graphic reminiscent of a seedy, upscale brothel. The posts are about, well, whatever he feels like. From the Yankees, to Sarah Palin, to the original Zorro. Washam never loses his focus on wine and beautiful women. I wonder if I actually created this blog in the future, with Washam stealing my idea and traveling back in time to beat me to the punch. Either way, The HoseMaster of Wine is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and definitely worth a look!


  1. Ron Washam, HMW | Friday, September 26, 2008

    Hi Alan,

    Well, thank you for the kind words. I’ve spent a lifetime in the wine trade and have always believed that most wine writing is dull and insipid and painfully derivative. So one afternoon when I was incredibly bored (after all, blogs are written by the bored for the bored) I decided to do something different in the way of wine writing. Something more free-form and bizarre and, well, reflective of my peculiar sense of humor. The nudie shots seemed perfect somehow, and it gives me the chance to peruse web porn and tell my wife it’s “research.”

    I like to think that the wine comments are also accurate and useful, but I think we’re all in the wine game for the fun, and what’s more fun than great wine and naked members (no pun intended) of the opposite sex?

    And I like your blog too. I’ll add it to my blog list today.

  2. Phil | Friday, April 24, 2009

    Ron: Where did you go? Your blog was the only sunshine in the gloom of my day….

  3. Ron Washam, HMW | Sunday, April 26, 2009

    Hey Phil,

    I got tired of wine blogging. It’s a self-referential, incestuous, asinine little club that heaps praise on itself and thinks it matters. In other words, it’s just like the professional published critics it seeks to replace. I had fun for the eight months I did HoseMaster of Wine, but I always said I would walk away when I was through. The world certainly won’t miss my nonsense, but thanks for the kind words.

    Meanwhile, I’ll still be in Mutineer magazine every issue. At least until I get tired of that too.

  4. Andrew Ross | Wednesday, May 6, 2009

    ron, come back. im 27. there are zero blogs for the new generation of wine lovers. wait, i think im the only person under 30 who drinks cedarville and dard ribo. i get your humor and obscure cultural references. aside from dennis miller, you are the only f list celebrity that makes me grin. this is a plea…resurrect hosemaster!


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