Folk Machine, New California Wine
Folk Machine is the brainchild of Kenny Likitprakong winemaker and owner of Hobo Wine Company. Folk Machine is only one piece of the Hobo pie, but its not to be overshadowed. The Folk Machine was created in 2005 to primarily be a home for Pinot Noir, but is now also the main venue for our more esoteric line of wines. Kenny Likitprakong believes that the possibility for wine to create community, to be history, to tell a story, and to transcend time and place still enchants, captivates, and inspires. In Kenny’s opinion, the wines that achieve these ethereal qualities are produced by craftsmen/women with an artisan approach to growing grapes and making wine, Vignerons who raise their vines and wines with great thought and patience and understanding and are able to instill their wines with personality and character and a sense of place. And, they should be fun. Their ideas and preferences about wine are always changing, but the core and root of what excites us is a constant. Though techniques vary somewhat from wine to wine, vineyard to vineyard, and vintage to vintage, their basic approach is consistent. They believe in unforced wines and believe in making the best wine possible. They believe in minimal processing as a goal, but modern winemaking as an option. Stylistically, they strive for balance above all else.
2017 Folk Machine ‘White Light’ – White Blend :: $15 Sale $14
The 3rd vintage of White Light continues To be fun, easy drinking, summery, and affordable. Their goals have stayed The same – bottle something fresh With acid and some mineral and retain that sort of salty, briny character That The Tocai friulano has. This is pretty much what you will find in The bottle with some nice aromatic characters too.
The 2017 is 30% Tocai friulano from Mendocino, 40% Riesling from arroyo seco, 11% Verdelho from Suisun Valley, 11% Sauvignon blanc from Potter Valley, and 8% Muscat from Suisun Valley. White Light was inspired by a Trip To The vortexes of Sedona, arizona, but maybe a little velvet underground or Wilco too.
2017 Folk Machine Clarksburg Merrit Island – Chenin Blanc :: $19 Sale $17
“Lynn and I made our first trip to the Loire Valley a long time ago. I remember getting off the train and walking all over whatever town we were In looking for a place to rent a car. It was winter and cold outside and we never seemed to have enough clothes to wear. Lynn had picked up a new scarf on the street In ParIs and that was a big deal. Somehow, we did finally find a car. we still had no Idea where we were going so we just started cruising around. We quickly found ourselves In MontlouIs sur Loire and Vouvray and It was there that ChenIn Blanc cast It’s spell over us. The mInerality and lightness were so refreshing and contrary to the California chardonnay that we probably knew better at the time and we were blown away. It seemed wonderful on It’s own, with any food, dry, sweet, sparkling, however It was offered.”
This wine strikes a wonderful balance between California richness and ChenIn’s more sharp acid and mineral character. It’s textural and refined, a touch Lush In the nose, but Lean on the palate.
2017 Folk Machine Central Coast – Pinot Noir :: $22 Sale $20
The 2017 Central Coast Pinot noir is largely a blend of Mission ranch (arroyo seco) and Cedar lane (arroyo seco) with a bit of The Vecino Vineyard (Potter Valley). The wine is largely Pommard Clone but other pinot grapes for fruit and jamminess. The wine was aged in 2-6 year old french oak barrels for 9 Months and kept the wine on The lees with occasional batonage until bottling to round out the Mouthfeel.
2016 Folk Machine Parts & Labor – Red Table Wine :: $19 Sale $17
The fifth vintage of The folk Machine’s red wine blend continues to fit into the idea and hope of what a california bistro wine can and should be. It’s light on its feet, great with food, fun and easy to drink, not to mention affordable. Parts & Labor is a selection of older California vineyards and varieties from sometimes obscure and off the beaten path areas. This time it is a blend of 58% redwood valley carignane, 26% potter valley syrah, 11% arroyo seco grenache, and 5% redwood valley barbera.
We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl and #Neverabadbottle so we can CHEERS!
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