We're a Livermore Winery, about 40 miles east of San Francisco.

We specialize in handcrafted, small-lot, luxury wines of rare quality with an emphasis on Rhone-type varieties.

We host two labels at our winery - Big White House and our premium label, John Evan Cellars.

We don't do manicured lawns and fountains. What we do is produce big and balanced reds and tasty whites using traditional methods.

We serve in an informal tasting room that encourages exceptional tasting experiences with intimate opportunities to learn about our wine.

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Our tasting room is set up specifically for you to have a great wine tasting experience. While enjoying the atmosphere, you can learn about the wines you taste directly from the winemaker, John Evan Marion.

Most weekends we have several barrels available for tasting with wine thieved directly from the barrel to your glass. Our winemaker, John Evan Marion is typically available in the tasting room to chat about his winemaking philosophy, the details of the process, and to guide you through your tasting.

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Our tasting fee is $10 which is fully applied to any purchases over $25.
Groups larger of 8 are subject to a higher tasting fee.

Spring 2016 Tasting Menu

2014 Roussanne| Big White House

Ripken Vineyard, Lodi

Our The word Roussanne is archaic French slang for redhead and is so named because the grapes get a distinctive auburn hue as they reach full ripeness. The fragrant, perfumed nose seems to contradict the structure and body of the mouth. As with most of the Big White House whites, the finish, which balances these attributes, is crisp and racy. In the nose find ripe pears. In the mouth find pear and green apple. $26/bottle

2014 Viognier| Big White House

Ripken Vineyard, Lodi

Our favorite Viognier wines have been from the the Northern Rhone and have a characteristic redolent peach and pear in the nose and a round mouth feel. High terpene content in the Viognier grape gives all kinds of other interesting character that evolves with time. In 2014, our Viognier has rewarded us with the pear nose which we love, big mouth-feel, and crisp Meyer lemon finish. Enjoy at cellar temperature (68 F) to advantage the nose, or cooler to enjoy the crispness of this fine white wine. ($26/bottle)


2013 Sangiovese | Big White House

Ripken Vineyard, Lodi

Our 2013 Sangiovese comes from Richard Ripken’s brilliantly farmed vineyards in Lodi. This is the same fabled Sangiovese vineyard that becomes John Evan’s first major winemaking understanding during the 1999 harvest. This Sangiovese vintage is light and fruity, more in the Chianti-style. Medium body, good acid, and juicy mouth-feel make this a versatile food and sipping wine. In the nose you’ll find cranberry, rose and allspice. In the mouth look for raspberry and a hint of citrus with a light smooth finish. Try it on a romantic picnic or with Carbonara. $26/bottle  

Barrel Sample: GbSM | Big White House

60% Syrah, 35% Mourvedre, 5% Grenache Blanc

Futures: This is not your grand-daddy’s GSM. First of all, it’s Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache Blanc. Blanc? Blanc?! Yep! We started by co-fermenting Syrah with the skins from the Grenache Blanc we had previously pressed. White wine skins have a lot of flavor and they usually just get thrown away. What a pity. The result is a red wine with fig, cinnamon, white pepper, medium body, great structure and a juicy finish in the mouth. In the nose find a floral component followed by Rainier cherries, clove and cedar. Release date: July 9, 2016 (Currently available by half or full case with discount)


Tasting Menu

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Open for Memorial Day

Mon, May 30, 12-4:30pm

We will be open for our regular tasting menu on Monday from 12-4:30! Come by to enjoy some wine and good company! Bring a picnic to enjoy on our patio.  

Graham and Grapes: Wednesday at John Evan Cellars

Fri, June 24, 7pm
Gallery 1028, Chicago, IL 

The Beverly Arts Center invites you to an exclusive evening of graham & grapes. Join Chef Graham Elliot (a Michelin Star Chef and on popular tv shows including Master Chef) and California Winemaker John Evan Marion, from Big White House Winery & John Evan Cellars, for an evening of culinary delight. Chef Elliot has created a special menu paired especially with the exclusive wines from John Evan's exclusive library. The evening will culminate with a special performance by Tony Nominated actress Felicia Fields. Elite prizes will be raffled during the evening.

This is a great chance to visit Chicago and have a one in a lifetime dinner! John Evan and staff will be there to lead the wine portion of the evening. 

There are a limited number of tickets available so don't delay. You can purchase tickets here or call the Beverly Arts Center to reserve your spots: 773.445.3838

Big White House July Release Party

Save the Date: Sat, July 9, 6:30-9:30pm

Club members: Save the date for the second Big White House Winery release of 2016. We are currently planning for Sat, July 9th from 6:30-9:30pm. More information coming soon! 

Give a Private Tasting with the Winemaker

Join Schedule a private tasting with our master winemaker himself, John Evan. You and up to 7 guest will be greeted with a glass of our sparkling wine and guided through a tasting which will include some hidden gems that aren't normally in the tasting room. Contact shae@bigwhitehouse.com for pricing and availability. 

Winery Gift Cards

Not sure what to bring to give a teacher? coach? friend? How about a gift card to the Big White House! Available in any denomination, and more fun than another Starbucks gift card! Purchase online

The Artwork

Meet Laura Marion

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Laura Marion is our winemaker's sister and a very talented artist in the more traditional sense of the term, generally with oil on canvas.

Her work is displayed throughout our tasting room as well as on our wine labels making our wine both delicious and beautiful.

Though you'll often find her visiting the winery, Laura is a musician, artist and actor based in Los Angeles.

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The Artwork

Meet Laura Marion

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  • Big White House 2012 Viognier

    2013 Grenache Blanc

    Big White House

    2013 Grenache Blanc.

    Big White House
    2013 Roussanne

  • Big White House Winery - 2012 Lapsus

    2012 Lapsus

    Big White House

    Legend has it that when the Chevalier Gaspard de Stérimberg returned wounded from the Albigeois crusades in 1224, he cloistered himself within the tiny hamlet on the hill that now bears his description, Hermitage, and refused to speak for the remainder of his pious life. Surrounded as he was by spectacular vineyards he did some winemaking, and discovered the virtues of a unique blend of his local Marsanne and Roussanne with up river Viognier.

    Appearing to us in a dream, the garrulous Saint, though taciturn in life, revealed his secret in a Lapsus Lengua, a slip of the tongue, and the blend, as well as the name of this wine was born.

    Roussanne forms the back bone of this wine - Providing the structure and big mouth-feel. The Viognier gives the apricot nose, pear mouth and juicy finish. Finally, Marsanne provides the cardamom in the nose and the minerality of the mouth.

    Serve at cellar temperature and raise a glass of Lapsus to the good St. Stérimberg.

    Big White House
    2012 Petite Sirah

  • Big White House Livermore - Pinot Noir

    2012 Dolcetto

    Big White House

    Dolcetto is a grape that originated in Italy and was believed to be the same as Charbono until DNA typing at UC Davis identified it to be a different varietal. Dolcetto, Big White House style, is more of a seriously fun wine, than it is a serious wine. Our Big White House Dolcetto features a uniquely intense Bing cherry nose, with plum, violet, licorice and almonds. Our fermentation was short to prevent overly high tannins, finishing in just four days; high levels of anthocyanins in Dolcetto skins give it excellent color after only a brief maceration. Though the name Docetto means little sweet one, our Dolcetto is fully dry, although it does have a juicy finish with a sweet character.

    John Evan Cellars
    2012 Das Risiko, Syrah

  • Big White House Winery Livermore Syrah

    2012 Clark Vineyard Syrah

    Big White House

    Peter Clark is a gifted gentleman farmer who produces wonderful fruit every year from his hillside vineyards about 2 miles east of our winery. This Syrah is an elegant offering that combines the rich qualities of this grape with careful cellar work from John Evan so that the rustic, tannic qualities that Syrah often exhibits are tamed into regal elegance. In the nose, the Clark Syrah has a rich nose of plum, cinnamon, vanilla, and cassis. The mouth reveals the sturdy mouth-feel of New-World Syrah, while preserving the Old-World flavor profile. The finish has the last vestiges of what was once gripping, chalky tannins and is now a balanced, full finish. Enjoy at cellar temperature.

    Big White House
    2013 Chardonnay 

  • Best Livermore Wine - Alfies Amalgamation

    Alfie's Amalgamation

    Big White House

    Everybody always asks the winery dog, Alfie, “What’s it all about?” While we’re all big fans of music in general, this is not the song after which Alfie is named. His full name is Saint Alphonso of Pancake Breakfasts, after the Zappa song. Does this wine go well with pancakes? I’m sure Uncle Frank would think so. But what is it all about? It’s about a blend that showcases the best of the components. Spice from the Zin, fruit from the Syrah and structure from the Petite Sirah. Just like its namesake, Alfie’s Amalgamation just wants your attention and will reward you with love.

    John Evan Cellars
    2012 The Paracelsian, Cab Sauv

  • John Evan Cellars Winter Star Cab

    2011 The Winter Star

    John Evan Cellars

    TThis year’s Winter Star is a luxureous blend of Cab Sauv, Malbec, and Cab Franc. The dark color contrasts the bright, spice nose of clove, cardamom, and black cherry. Tasting it, find vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, and blackberry. In the mouth, this wine really shines with great mid-palate structure and a rich finish. Petite Verdot makes its first appearance, smoothing out the mid-palate.

    The Winter Star is so named because it is bottled and released during the week of the Winter Solstice. The still-significant tannins should allow significant cellaring but it’s no coincidence that we’re releasing just before your holiday dinners. Enjoy!.

    John Evan Cellars
    2010  The Winter Star

  • Big White House 2012 Sangiovese Wine Label

    2012 Sangiovese

    Big White House

    Our 2012 Sangiovese comes from Richard Ripken's brilliantly farmed vineyards in Lodi. This is the same fabled Sangiovese vineyard that became John Evan's first major winemaking unde

    Big White House
    2012 Syrah

  • Big White House Winery - 2012 Zinfandel Wine Label

    2012 Zinfandel

    Big White House

    Our 2012 Sblendorio Estate Vineyard Zinfandel is sourced from the excellent vineyards on the flood plains of Eastern Livermore. The Zin clone that Sblend has planted grows relatively large berries. How does John Evan vinify this fruit? Well, not by creating a jammy pepper-bomb! Fermented for nearly two weeks at cooler temperatures, JE accentuates the fruit character, complexity and what we believe is (or should be) the varietal characteristics of a classic zinfandel in the old-world sense.

    The 2012 Sblendorio Zin has a clean nose of ripe red cherries, white pepper and cinnamon. It is medium-bodied in the mouth with juicy cherry-raspberry, cardamon and allspice. Our 2012 Zin has approachable tannins, even as a two-year-old, and exceptionally good balance with great distribution in the mouth.

    Big White House
    2013 Zinfandel

  • Big White House Livermore - Port Style Late Harvest Syrah

    2011 Port Style Late Harvest Syrah

    John Evan Cellars

    2011 was an interesting ripening season as noted in our other late harvest syrah. Of the three different ripenesses found in the Clark Syrah Vineyard in 2011, this one was in the middle of the ripeness scale and makes this Port wine. The brandy used to fortify this gem was a 1993 Late Harvest Muscat Brandy, distilled in 1996 and acquired by us in 2009. The orange spice from the brandy balances beautifully with the tannin from the Syrah.

    John Evan Cellars
    2011 Late Harvest Syrah

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  • 12 of Our Favorite Big White House
    Bottles Per Year, Broken in 2-3 Shipments
  • First Access to Limited-Release Wines
  • Discount of 20% off Shipment
  • Discount of 15% off Wine Purchased at the Winery
  • Complimentary Tasting for 2 in the Tasting Room
  • Invitations to Release Events
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  • 12 Bottles of Choice John Evan Wines in 2 Shipments
  • First Access to Limited-Release Wines
  • Discount of 20% off Shipment
  • Discount of 15% off Wine Purchased at the Winery
  • Complimentary Tasting for 4 in the Tasting Room
  • Invitations to Release Events
  • Special, Member-Only Pricing for Special Events
  • Exclusive Tasting Events with Winemaker
    John Evan Marion

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Two Cases of Wine per Year
Double and Combined Members get 25% off Each Wine Shipment
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