Originally formed by John ‘The Elder’ and a group of friends in the early 90’s, Big White House was producing very small quantities of wine. With John’s background in the sciences, you could think of it as an experiment – Friends who loved wine who shared the common vision that to learn more about wine, we would need to start making good wine in conditions where we could control the variables. It soon became apparent that if we were going to develop the quality that we were looking for, we would have to operate at a larger scale. For example, for barrel aging, 60 gallon barrels are an optimum size. That’s roughly 25 cases. We wanted to explore the effects of different barrels, different yeasts and fermentation regimes along with exploring different and unusual varietals.
Although John The Elder continues as part of the winery, he’s also continued with his original career as a physicist. John Evan was introduced as the head winemaker and partner for both labels in 2004. John Evan continues to produce super high-quality releases under the Big White House label while reserving the John Evan as a premium label for small-lot releases that speak to his specific style – Generally big, balanced reds.
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