Les Behrens wore many hats prior to donning his floppy winemakers chapeau. One of his early career moves was digging graves in the cemeteries of Los Angeles and Eureka. As a skilled and imaginative woodworker, he spent many years building hot tubs, decks and cabinets, where he became known as “The Wood Wizard”. It was his stint as a restauranteur that led to an obsession with wine and the pursuit of winemaking. Les has been the Winemaker at Behrens & Hitchcock since its inception and continues the adventure with Behrens Family Winery.
Lisa Drinkward started working at the Vineyard Wine and Cheese Deli in Southern California at the age of 16. This set the course for a career in food and wine. Working in restaurants throughout college led to Lisa’s desire for her own restaurant, which became a reality when Lisa and Les opened Folie Douce in 1991. Upon moving to St Helena, Lisa took viticulture courses at the Napa Valley College and is now the vineyard liason, spending much of harvest roaming the vineyards and eating a lot of grapes. In her spare time, Lisa makes a Napa Cab of her own - Drinkward Peschon - with friend and fellow winemaker Francoise Peschon.
Bob Nenow is our brother-in-law, friend and most enthusiastic harvest helper. He also makes a small amount of wine at our facility under his own label. If you would like to learn more about his venture, check out Robert Nenow Winery.
Although Bob and Lily are enjoying retirement, we continue to operate B&H with them, making two wines each year, which allows them to keep their teeth purple. After thirteen years of a very successful partnership, we are friends and business partners and will always see Bob as our chief financial advisor.