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 $5 for each menu which is then fully applied to any purchases over $20


Big Reds and Tasty Whites Menu

For our sweeter and champagne-esque releases, please click the "Switch Menus" button below


2012 Chardonnay | Big White House

Sblendorio Estate Vineyard, Livermore Valley - Single Vineyard Chardonnay

Our 2012 Chardonnay comes from the Livermore Valley Vineyards of Sblend Sblendorio.  Like most of the wine we produce, this is a tiny lot from a small vineyard, kept through bottling as a 100% varietal, and 100% from this single vineyard. Cold barrel fermentation allows the fruit esters to be retained which gives the wonderful nose. Our Chard was aged for 20 months sur lees in neutral French oak barrels, adding a pleasant body and mid-pallate texture. 

2012 Syrah | Big White House

Clark Vineyard, Livermore - Single Vineyard Syrah

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 mout-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.


Dessert and Bubbles Menu

For our red and white releases, please click the "Big Reds & Tasty Whites Menu" to the right


Grand Cuvee | Big White House

Sparkling Wine

This delightfully dry, sparkling wine was bottled specifically for our Big White House Sparkling Cellars Label. We like the tiny bubbles, creamy mouth feel and crisp, dry finish. Equivalent in dryness to a French "Brut", this is a terrific sparkler for celebrating any occasion. Try this in a "kit" mixed with the Sherry (two parts Cuvee, one part Late Harvest Viognier).

Peche Mignon | Big White House

Peach Sparkling Wine

You've all loved our dry sparkling wine and now John Marion made a special release for his grandmother Eva. Our sparkling wine is kissed with peach and is sure to become a favorite of everyone. Still plenty of tiny bubbles with a creamy mouth feel and crisp dry finish. Try this in a "kit" mix with Ma Cherie.

Ma Cherie | Big White House

Sherry-Style, Late Harvest Viognier

Sherry is often described as the most under-rated of traditional wines. Our aging regime follows the traditional approach, using not-quite-full barrels. The flor controls the oxidation and allows for the formation of a variety of aromas including Turbinado sugar, dried apricot, caramel, orange blossom and toasted almonds.

2011 Late Harvest Syrah | John Evan Cellars

Sherry-Style, Late Harvest Syrah

In 2011, the Clark Vineyard Syrah came in with three distinct ripenesses. From these we produced two different dessert wines and a table wine. This dessert wine used the grapes with the middle sweetness. The aroma of orange blossom, cinnamon, and blackberry is followed by clove and ripe, black cherry in the mouth.

While this is a late harvest dessert wine, it is a special type which cannot be named. There is an equation that relates the amount of sugar in the grapes to the amount of alcohol by volume in the finished wine. If the numbers don’t make sense, ask yourself (or John Evan) why. Also ask John Evan for the equation so you can determine what wines are of this special style for yourself.


Tasting Menu

Winter 2014


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Happy Mothers' Day!

May 8-10th

12-4:30pm

In honor of our Moms, we're putting our sparkling and dessert wines on sale! 


Open for Memorial Day!

May 25th

12-4:30pm

Come on out, bring a picnic, and enjoy the holiday! What better way to celebrate Memorial Day? 

John Evan Cellars - Release Party

May 30th

6:30-9:30pm

The first John Evan's Enomaniacs Release Party of the year!  (Hint: it'll be a Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Cab...very exciting!)


Special Pouring to Celebrate our Cellar Master's Birthday!

June 5-7th

12-4:30pm

Celebrate our Cellar Master's birthday with us! We'll be adding her favorite, L'Allechante, to the list for you to taste. Yum.


Happy Fathers' Day!

June 19-20th

12-4:30pm

To help celebrate all the Dads out there, we'll be having a sale on some big reds!

White Wine Sale!

June 12-14th

12-4:30pm

Summer is here!  We'll be putting some of our white wine on sale to help you get through the heat.





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 Grenache Blanc

  • 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 Lapsus

  • 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.



    Big White House
    2012 Dolcetto

  • 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
    2012 Clark Vineyard Syrah

  • 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.



    Big White House
    NV Alfie's Amalgamation

  • 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
    2011 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 undertaking 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 or 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.



    Big White House
    2012 Sangiovese

  • 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
    2012 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 Port Style Late Harvest Syrah

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    Bottles Per Year, Broken in 2-3 Shipments
  • First Access to Limited-Release Wines
  • Discount of 20% off Shipment
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Enomaniacs

  • 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
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    John Evan Marion

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