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.


March 2017 Tasting Menu


2015 Lapsus | Big White House

40% Roussanne, 40% Viognier, 20% Grenache Blanc

Ripken Vineyard, Lodi

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. The Grenach Blanc adds roundness to the mouth-feel and floral notes to the nose. ($26/bottle) 

Member Only: 2008 Concordian | John Evan Cellars

Clark Vineyard, Livermore

2008 was a the triumphant return of the Clark Syrah to John Evan. In the nose find Mexican chocolate, smoked paprika and dried cherry. In the palate find pie cherry with a Mexican chocolate finish. We found that a mild decanting of this wine brought out our favorite flavors. Taste it, pour it into your decanter, swirl it vigorously, taste again. ($90/bottle) 

2014 Sangiovese | Big White House

Ripken Vineyard, Lodi

One of our favorite Spring wines is now ready to sample and pre order! Last year we sold out of this light and fruity, Chianti-style in less than 3 months! This wine has a medium body, good acid and juicy mouth-feel making 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. ($32/bottle)

2014 Pinot Noir, | Big White House

Ripken Vineyard, Lodi

2014 was a fun harvest for Pinot of us. We tried, for the first time, whole cluster fermentation for red wine. We found improved color, tannin, and mouth-feel compared to previous vintages. Find cassis, white pepper and vanilla in the nose with a matching mouth. ($30/bottle)

Barrel Sample: 2014 El Capitan, Petite Sirah | John Evan Cellars

Clark Vineyard, Livermore

One of our favorites is now ready to sample and pre order! Last year we sold out before we even released it. This wine reveals deep ripe fruit with black plum, cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla. The once overwhelming tannins that earlier dominated the mid-palate and finish now share the quality of an imposing massive structure softened by age. Release Date: May 6, 2017 ($48/bottle at release) 

Château Marion, | Big White House Winery

Some of the most prestigious chateaux are blends of Cab and Cab Franc so we’ve adopted the name for this blend. In our 2013 Château Marion, find cherry from the Cab, spice from the Franc, mid-palate structure from the Cab, and a long, juicy finish from the Franc. ($34/bottle)

 

 

 

 

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Barrel Tasting: 2014 El Capitan, Petite Sirah| John Evan Cellars

Now will supplies last. Release Date: Sat, May 6, 6:30-9:30pm

One of our favorites is now ready to sample and pre order! Last year we sold out before we even released it.  This wine reveals deep ripe fruit with black plum, cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla. The once overwhelming tannins that earlier dominated the mid-palate and finish now share the quality of an imposing massive structure softened by age. 

Can't come in but want to order? Email Shae@bigwhitehouse.com.

Member Only: John Evan Cellars Release Party
Sat, May 6, 6:30-9:30pm

All club members are invited to join us for the first John Evan Cellars release party of 2017! We will be releasing four new Big White House wines that will be available for pick up for Big White House members and available for purchase by all guest and other members. Hope you can join us! Please RSVP here

NEW! Member Wine of the Month

March Wine: 2008 The Concordian, Syrah, John Evan Cellars

This year we will be having a special member only wine of the month. Wines will range from 2005 to more current but all will be from our cellar and ready for you to purchase and take home! Check back each month for what wine we will feature.

This March we are bringing the original The Concordian out. This wine needs a mild decanting but is delicious and ready to drink now. Members will have the opportunity to taste and purchase while supplies last. 

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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The Wine

Winter 
(We are having some technical difficutlies, the pop ups are out of date but we are wokring on them. Hope to have it fixed soon)

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  • Big White House 2012 Viognier

    2013 Grenache Blanc

    Big White House

    2013 Grenache Blanc.



    Big White House
    2015 Lapsus

  • 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
    2014 Pinot Noir

  • 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
    2014 Sangiovese

  • 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
    2014 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.



    Big White House
    Peche Mignon, Sparkling Wine 

  • 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
    2014 Late Harvest Syrah

  • 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
    2015 Viognier

  • 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 Château Marion

  • 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.



    Big White House
    2013 Late Harvest Viognier 

Friends of the

Greenville Rd wineries
  • 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
  • Special, Member-Only Pricing for Special Events

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
  • 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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Complimentary Wine Tasting for Six in the Tasting Room


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