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No Tents Needed
... just a Corkscrew & Wine Glass


I've never been one for camping outdoors. Actually, truth is, I've never camped... ever. Nope, never pitched a tent. This boy scout since the age of 13 always had a job that consumed weekends, so earning that badge never presented itself. The closest I ever got was when I was dating my now wife, Nina, and we went to Oshkosh Wisconsin to meet her Dad and brother at the annual air show. We slept in a Winnebago for 2 nights and I got the top bunk which was about 3 inches from the ceiling... it was pretty miserable. Since then I've opted for hotels.

So when my sales rep Scott McBride came in the shop last month and said "hey Frank, wanna go camping?" I politely declined. Then he pulled the Camp Wines from Sonoma out of his wine bag... now THIS is my kind of camping!


Camp Wines were created by the Hobo Wine Co. in 2011 to showcase the quality and value of Sonoma County wine. Winemaker Kenny Likitprakong works with top growers and vineyard managers in very high quality and responsibly farmed, though lesser known, vineyards throughout Sonoma County to produce delicious, approachable, and affordable wines.

The Camp wines employ native yeasts and malolactic bacterias for the primary and secondary fermentations without the use of commercial fermentation aids or additives. The wines are aged in real oak barrels and/or stainless steel tanks vs. alter natives or flavoring agents.


The question always comes up, "Why Hobo?" A friend in the wine industry once told Kenny that he figured the hobo name came from the fact that he was about the dirtiest winemaker he knew. The part about Kenny being the dirtiest winemaker might be true, but it is not where the name came from. It's partly a trip he's on about a dead American era and partly about the fact that he doesn't own a winery or any vineyards.

Hobo is Kenny Likitprokong's tribute and homage to a freedom and an era that he grew up romanticizing. After tasting the lineup with Scott I was so impressed by the pureness of the wine that I gave the winemaker a call and we chatted...

"I think I spent a lot of my late teens and early twenties chasing the rambling ways of the American Hobo. When I was seventeen I started traveling around, listening to Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen and the likes, seeing the different parts of the country and other countries, writing in journals and taking photos and didn't really stop until I was twenty-three or twenty-four. As the experiences racked up, I found out that the hoboes had disappeared. The hobo had become a relic in the story of our expanding country. Like all good heroes, I figured they deserved their place in history and on wine bottles."

Instead of becoming a hobo, Kenny 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 lucky guys like Kenny 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."

If I were to ever get into the winemaking biz I would choose Kenny's model for sure. Now where's that corkscrew? I'm ready to CAMP. I'll have the Smores ready... really, I will!


Saturday from 11AM - 3PM Scott McBride will be pouring the Camp Wines here on North Union Street! We'll pair up the 4 wines with some wedges from our DiBruno Bros section and dark chocolate from our Ethereal Confections cabinet melted on a Graham Cracker with Marshmallow! The FranksWine Crew will do the same on Sunday from 12noon - 4PM...
pop in CAMP WITH US!

We love good stuff here on North Union Street.

Can't make it to the shop?
You can buy 'em online here!


FranksWine CAMP 12-pack Sampler!
You Get 3 Bottles of Each Wine for Only $199.99!!
You Save $69.89... That's 26% Off!!!
Order Now!


Camp '14 Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon
Regularly Priced at $24.99
$18.49 with 12-pack Sampler Case Purchase!


The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, and 4% Malbec, and 2% Cabernet Franc. Kenny sourced fruit from Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Sonoma Valley for this assemblage. Each lot was individually fermented then blended and aged in French barrels. 1,611 cases produced.

Spicy, cedary, berry-blueberry aromas. Solid fruit and firm tannins. Round mid-palate with blueberry, blackberry, licorice, dry cocoa and spice. Well-structured and balanced. Blue cheese and bacon burgers, steaks and roasts will all pair nicely with this solid, balanced, full-flavored Cabernet Sauvignon. Great value!

Camp '13 Sonoma Cabernet Franc
Regularly Priced at $24.99
$18.49 with 12-pack Sampler Case Purchase!


The 2013 Cabernet Franc is 50% from the organically farmed Mojon's Bench Vineyard in Alexander Valley and 50% from the biodynamically farmed Puma Springs in Dry Creek Valley. Combined, the fermentations had about 20% whole clusters and the blend was aged in French barrels. The resulting wine is light to medium weight with a bright fruit side and some classic green olive and black pepper Cab Franc character. Only 199 cases produced.

About as close to Loire Valley Cabernet Franc I've had in CA offering up a fine and quite youthful bouquet of dark berries, gravelly soil tones, cigar ash, a touch of tree bark, gentle meaty tones, espresso and a topnote of fresh herbs. On the palate the wine is deep, full- bodied, nicely structured and quite soil-driven in personality, with a lovely core, moderate, ripe tannins and excellent length and grip on the focused. This wine is crying out for a juicy rib-eye steak!

Camp '14 Sonoma Zinfandel
Regularly Priced at $19.99
$14.79 with 12-pack Sampler Case Purchase!


The 2014 Zinfandel is 91% Zinfandel and 9% Petite Sirah picked on the same day and co-fermented. It is 100% from the Ceja Vineyard in Sonoma Valley. Aging was in a combiation of older French and American barrels. Very juicy and bright. 826 cases produced.

Sweet ripe berries and cherries flirting with spice and oak in the initial aromas. Blueberry, tangy sour cherry and bittersweet chocolate on the palate. Moderate tannins and a nice, tangy acidic lift make this balanced wine a go-to with tomato-based sauces, or hearty roasts and braises that include a bit of tomato paste. Argentinian or Texas-style dry-rub barbecue would also be great choices!

Camp '14 Sonoma Chardonnay
Regularly Priced at $19.99
$14.79 with 12-pack Sampler Case Purchase!


The 2014 Chardonnay is 95% from the Lloyd Vineyard in Alexander Valley off of Soda Rock Road and 5% from the Prior Vineyard in Sonoma Valley. The Lloyd portion was harvested in 4 picks, two were early for acid, one in the middle for bright flavors and the fourth was a few weeks later to add some lusher flavors. All lots were whole cluster pressed and then fermented together in stainless steel then transferred to neutral oak barrels for 10 weeks before being racked and prepared for bottling. 1,873 cases produced.

I love a Chardonnay that possesses beautiful brightness, acidity and sophisticated mineral notes! In both the aromas and on the palate, this is a vivid and energetic wine, with lovely layers of pear, apple, green summer melon, Muscat, lavender and toasted hazelnut. Seamlessly integrated oak adds a hint of butterscotch that finds an intriguing counterpoint in the wine's minerality, and in a salty sea spray note that lingers on the long, fresh finish. It screams for oysters!

FranksWine CAMP 12-pack Sampler!
You Get 3 Bottles of Each Wine for Only $199.99!!
You Save $69.89... That's 26% Off!!!
Order Now!


Tickets are still available!


We're headed to Harry's Savoy Grill for our Ramey Wine Cellars Sonoma County Dinner!

2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington Delaware

Thursday, October 29th

$100 per person including Tax, Gratuity & Off-street parking


Menu & Wine

Ramey's Sidebar 2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Foie Gras Torchon, apple-buttered crostini, micro herbs
Butternut Canapé, lemon-spiced pinenuts
Smoked Salmon Canapé, garam masala aioli, cilantro

Ramey 2012 Russian River Chardonnay
Ramey 2012 Platt Vineyard Chardonnay

"Market Cod, Sea Salt & Basil Crust"
whipped sheep's milk ricotta, tomato, smoked bacon confit

Ramey 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
"Grilled Lamb Chop, Black Currant Reduction Sauce"
French DuPuy lentils and walnuts, Dunbarton bleu custard, Dijon espuma

Ramey 2013 Sonoma Coast Syrah
"Breast of Duck, Smoked & Seared"
wild mushroom and green olive heirloom corn polenta,
chili pepper-grapefruit emulsion

Brandied Apricot Chocolate Truffles









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