With an incredible run of three “Family Winemaker Series” events, we now have saved the BEST FOR LAST!  We understand it’s last minute, but to miss this monster evening with BEHRENS FAMILY WINERY would be like missing the wedding of your kid!!!  It can’t happen…won’t happen!  Why you ask???  Simply put, events like this, with folks like the Behrens, just don’t happen often.  Producing TOP SCORING and HIGHLY ALLOCATED wines in the Napa Valley, their juice is typically sold (out) through their mailing list and the occasional winery tastings!  Lucky for us, we have been HUGE…NO, SORRY…GARGANTUAN fans of Behrens since we first started selling their wines little over eight years ago.

Thursday night, nestled in the cozy and intimate walls of Carpe Vino’s Wine Mine, you will get to taste/eat/converse directly with winemaker/owners Les Behren and Lisa Drinkward. SIX BEHRENS wines will be paired excellently with family-style cuisine from Executive Chef Alexander.

TWENTY TICKETS will be available for $85/person (all in), which is an absolute value based on these wines ranging in price from $59.95-$175/bottle!!!  Wines will consist of the BEHRENS FALL RELEASE, which we pre-ordered our allocation to secure wines specifically for this event.  The tasting line-up (more detailed below) will consist of a Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, TWO Cabernet Sauvignon’s, Rhone-inspired red blend and a Petite Sirah.  Believe me when I say, “Get your white strips ready, because your teeth are gonna be STAINED on Thursday night!!!”


ReserveNow.164733Start Time is this Thursday (November 9th) @6pm Sharp! Taste six wines produced by Behrens Family Winery which three of the six are completely “Sold-Out” of distribution.   We have secured 3 cases of 2013 MOULDS (96+ Points Wine Advocate), 2014 CEMETERY (95 Points Wine Advocate) Cabernet Sauvignon and 2014 Front Man Merlot (not rated yet) so you can “taste before you buy!”  Don’t wait too long because when these wines are gone…they’re gone!  Thursday’s line-up:

• Behrens Family Winery “La Danza” Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (California) $35.95/btl

• Behrens Family Winery “Front Man” Merlot 2014 (Napa Valley) $89.95/btl (3cs available)

• Behrens Family Winery “Moulds Family” Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Napa Valley) $105/btl (3cs available)

• Behrens Family Winery “Cemetery” Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (Napa Valley) $175/btl (3cs available)

• Behrens Family Winery “Saint Fumee” Rhone-inspired Red Wine (Napa Valley) $59.95/btl

• Behrens Family Winery “Kick Ranch” Petite Sirah (Napa Valley) $45/btl

For this event we’re once again using a “ticket” system to prepay for reservations: $85/person, includes event cost, tax and tip inclusive. Seating is very limited, so click here to sign up today!

Please Note:

• You must make reservations online by clicking on the “RESERVE NOW” button.

• Tables are not reserved; seating is open.

• Because this is a “ticketed” event, cancellations will not be refunded.


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Who IS Berhens Family Winery?

Les Behrens (aka the Jersey Boy) was born in Perth Amboy, NJ and moved to California with his family as a young boy. Lisa Drinkward was born and raised in southern California but realized that she was a northern California girl when she spent her college years in Humboldt County. Arcata, CA was where Les and Lisa met and were married in 1987. Their mutual love of food and wine led them to create Folie Douce Restaurant in 1991. Lisa explored her creative food side as chef, and Les was able to develop his passion and palate for wine as sommelier and wine buyer. A mutual enthusiasm for wine developed, resulting in the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for their eclectic wine list. This passion and the encouragement from friend and mentor Ed Oliviera prompted Les and Lisa to purchase their first 3 and a half tons of grapes in 1993. Bob and Lily Hitchcock came on board during that first harvest to manage the business and financial machinations of the winery, and Behrens & Hitchcock Winery was officially formed. Les, without any formal training, has been the sole winemaker at Behrens & Hitchcock since its inception, making wine in a style that flows from his great instinct and confident palate. Although Lisa is involved with all aspects of winemaking, during harvest her real focus is on vineyard management and grower relations. After four years of running both the restaurant and winery, Lisa and Les sold Folie Douce in 1997 and moved to Napa Valley to make wine full-time.

In 2005, with the announcement of Bob & Lily’s retirement, Lisa and Les bought out the Hitchcocks’ share of their Spring Mountain winery, leading to the formation of Behrens Family Winery. The name Erna Schein on the label is a dedication to Les’ mother, a woman who was near and dear to all who knew her. Her home was a place of hospitality and friendship, a feeling that we try to replicate here at the winery. She was also a fantastic baker, taking after her mother who was a Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef. It is Erna’s original vintage Kitchen Aid pictured on our label. It reminds us that food and wine is our favorite way to create and maintain friendships.

Look Forward to Seeing You There!!!