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Hip Winemaker: Kenny Likitprakong
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kennyonbarrels.jpgI asked a handful of my favorite up-and-coming winemakers, such as Kenny here, to answer a few questions about things I thought readers would like to hear about. Read on for his responses, and check out his winery, Hobo Wine Company, if you'd like to taste Kenny's take on the great world of wine.

Interview with Kenny Likitprakong

Sonoma native Kenny Likitprakong has long made wine for others, but lately scratched his entrepreneurial itch and began making wine for his own label, Hobo. Just a few years later Kenny has two additional wine brands, Banyan and Folk Machine, and between them all he makes an eclectic mix of wines from appellations throughout California. For the back story on the Hobo name, visit Kenny's site.

- best white under $10, hands down?
Domaine des Liards Berger Frere Montlouis Sur Loire

- best red under $10, hands down?
Domaine de la Damase Vin de Pays de Vaucluse

- your favorite pink wine?
Domaine Ameztia Etxaldea - Irouleguy

- fav bubbly?
For the money, Roederer Mendocino County Brut

- fav new "hip" wine region?
The Rockpile AVA in Sonoma County

- a really great glass of wine, to me, is like working on a math problem while sitting in a hot tub, having my feet rubbed and my back massaged, and listening to John Coltrane.

- best white over $30?
Marcel Deiss Schoenenbourg

- best red over $50?
Littorai Hirsch Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast

- best wine you've ever had?
A Bordeaux I bought in Paris for 20-30 francs and drank in a dirty motel room close to the Gare du Nord after sleeping in door wells the two previous nights.

- quick advice for the wine novice?
Trust yourself!

Taste his wines

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