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Behrens & Hitchcock

A basement, in Humboldt County, outfitted with just two dairy tanks, w...

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A basement, in Humboldt County, outfitted with just two dairy tanks, was the humble beginning of this winery. Of this tiny, dug out space, Les assured Joe Bob that, "We have all the room we will ever need."

However, the roots of Behrens & Hitchcock are found in Folie Douce, the award-winning restaurant Lisa Drinkward and Les Behrens launched in 1991 in Arcata, California. While Lisa was developing an incredible, French-inspired menu, Les was busy cultivating a superb wine list and cellar which eventually received the Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence. In the course of creating the wine list, Les met many winemakers and received encouragement from several to begin making his own wine. The idea, which seemed almost nonsensical at first, quickly began to take root in Les' mind.

As customers of Les' frequent wine tastings at Folie Douce, Joe Bob and Lily Hitchcock learned of Les' winemaking idea and that Les was trying to raise the startup capital. Almost immediately, the wheels began to turn in Joe Bob's mind. If Les was really crazy enough to make wine, Joe Bob thought he just might be crazy enough to join in the venture. Joe Bob's background in business management - both in the corporate world and more recently as a business consultant and tax preparer - was the perfect complement to Les' winemaking. Joe Bob became General Manager of the winery and, together with Lily, handled the finance and administrative side of the business while also jumping into much of the "dirty work" of making wine under Les' winemaking direction.

The inaugural 1993 crush produced 175 cases and was indeed a labor of love. The two families quickly developed into a team dedicated to the common goal of making small batches of high quality red wine. Over the next three years, the winery expanded to 750 cases per year and took over a new building at Les and Lisa's home as well as a lot of Joe Bob and Lily's house which was used for case goods storage.

In August of 1997, they decided it was time to give up their day jobs and move the winery from Arcata to the Napa Valley. They rented a winery east of Napa where the winery grew even larger to 3,500 cases, but something was still missing. What they really wanted was a winery of their own. After looking at every winery, shack and vacant acreage available in the Napa Valley, they finally found their home on top of Spring Mountain. Les designed the winery, and together with his son, Sean, and lots of helping hands, built the winery in possibly record time as the 1999 harvest was only a few months away. The 1999 crush took place in an incomplete facility with only a generator for electricity. There have been significant additions, including two caves, as production expanded, but this always-under-construction winery, with their crazy dog and beautiful views, continues to be the beloved home of their passion for making small batches of handcrafted wines.

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  • Behrens & Hitchcock Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard 2002 Front Label
    Behrens & Hitchcock Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Behrens & Hitchcock Ode to Picasso Red 1999 Front Label
    Behrens & Hitchcock Ode to Picasso Red 1999
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Behrens & Hitchcock Kenefick Ranch Cuvee 1997 Front Label
    Behrens & Hitchcock Kenefick Ranch Cuvee 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Behrens & Hitchcock Cuvee Lola 2000 Front Label
      Behrens & Hitchcock Cuvee Lola 2000
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Behrens & Hitchcock Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Vineyards 2001 Front Label
      Behrens & Hitchcock Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Vineyards 2001
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      • Behrens & Hitchcock Alder Springs Vineyard Homage to Ed Oliveira (torn label) 2002 Front Label
        Behrens & Hitchcock Alder Springs Vineyard Homage to Ed Oliveira (torn label) 2002
        Syrah/Shiraz from Mendocino, California
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        • Behrens & Hitchcock Ink Grade Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
          Behrens & Hitchcock Ink Grade Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Behrens & Hitchcock Ode to Picasso Red 2001 Front Label
          Behrens & Hitchcock Ode to Picasso Red 2001
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          • Behrens & Hitchcock Alder Springs Vineyard Homage to Ed Oliveira 2003  Front Label
            Behrens & Hitchcock Alder Springs Vineyard Homage to Ed Oliveira 2003
            Syrah/Shiraz from Mendocino, California
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            • Behrens & Hitchcock Las Amigas Merlot Oakville 2000
              Merlot from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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              • Behrens & Hitchcock Cabernet Franc 1998 Front Label
                Behrens & Hitchcock Cabernet Franc 1998
                Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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              • Behrens & Hitchcock Napa Valley Merlot 1997 Front Label
                Behrens & Hitchcock Napa Valley Merlot 1997
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                • RP92
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              • Behrens & Hitchcock Alder Springs Ranch Merlot 1999 Front Label
                Behrens & Hitchcock Alder Springs Ranch Merlot 1999
                Merlot from North Coast, California
                • RP93
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              • Behrens & Hitchcock Erna Schein Crowley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
                Behrens & Hitchcock Erna Schein Crowley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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              • Behrens & Hitchcock Kenefick Ranch Cuvee 2002 Front Label
                Behrens & Hitchcock Kenefick Ranch Cuvee 2002
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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              • Behrens & Hitchcock Erna Schein Petite Sirah 2006  Front Label
                Behrens & Hitchcock Erna Schein Petite Sirah 2006
                Petite Sirah from Sonoma County, California
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                • Behrens & Hitchcock Syrah (1.5L Magnum) 1997 Front Label
                  Behrens & Hitchcock Syrah (1.5L Magnum) 1997
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Behrens & Hitchcock Cuvee Lola 1997 Front Label
                    Behrens & Hitchcock Cuvee Lola 1997
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Behrens & Hitchcock Head in the Clouds Cabernet Sauvignon 2011  Front Label
                    Behrens & Hitchcock Head in the Clouds Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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                    • Behrens & Hitchcock Cabernet Sauvignon #13 2005  Front Label
                      Behrens & Hitchcock Cabernet Sauvignon #13 2005
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Behrens & Hitchcock Erna Schein Moulds Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
                        Behrens & Hitchcock Erna Schein Moulds Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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                        • Behrens & Hitchcock Merlot 1999
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                          • Behrens & Hitchcock Erna Schein Spare Me Cabernet Sauvignon 2006  Front Label
                            Behrens & Hitchcock Erna Schein Spare Me Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
                            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                            • Behrens & Hitchcock Erna Schein Blender Boy Red 2007  Front Bottle Shot
                              Behrens & Hitchcock Erna Schein Blender Boy Red 2007
                              Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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                              • Behrens & Hitchcock St. Augustine 2004  Front Label
                                Behrens & Hitchcock St. Augustine 2004
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