The Folk Machine was created in 2005 to primarily be a home for Pinot Noir, but is now also the main venue for the Hobo Wine Company's more esoteric line of wines.
Folk Machine is part of the The Hobo Wine Company... the brainchild, side job, menace to the wine industry, hedged bet, cash strain, mental anguish, late night musing, bruised hands, dirty t-shirts, and constant companion of Kenny Likitprakong. Despite knowing better, he started his own label in 2002 with the simple idea to have some good fun.
Hobo is Kenny's tribute and homage to a freedom and an era that he grew up romanticizing. He spent a lot of his late teens and early twenties chasing the rambling ways of the American Hobo. Instead of becoming a hobo, he became a “Hobo Winemaker.” Of the two ways to make wine, with and without money, the first should probably be the only, but a few slip through the cracks and do it on the skinny. No winery, no vineyards, no truck, no warehouse, no employees…nothing. There are advantages. Making small lots comes naturally, the flexibility to pick and choose grape type, vineyard, appellation, and winery on an ongoing basis, and a larger circle of people involved which means more ideas and expertise.
2016 PINOT NOIR, CENTRAL COAST
Always fairly light weight and light in color with relaxed tannins and medium acid.
2016 PARTS & LABOR RED WINE, CALIFORNIA
Carignane, Syrah, Grenache & Barbera. A perfect bistro wine - light on it's feet, great with food, fun and easy to drink, and affordable.
In 2013 they made the leap to convert a warehouse in Santa Rosa into a full production winery. They cut drains, installed electricity, insulation, plumbing, moved the tanks, eggs and barrels and crushed their first fruit that fall.