the hearts behind big table farm
- meet the people who make it all happen -
- the winemaker -
In 1996 Brian worked his first harvest. Having studied fermentation science at Davis, he took to the process of winemaking easily and loved it.
While working in Napa Valley, Brian learned from some of California's most esteemed winemakers and wineries - Turley Wine cellars, Neyers Vineyards, Blankiet Estate and Marcassin, just to name a few. Brian also spent a harvest working in Australia at Trevor Jones Fine Wines.
These varied experiences have contributed to Brian’s ability to optimize each vintage.
- the artist and farmer -
In addition to partnering with Brian to market the wine and manage their 70 acres, Clare is also a painter and wine label designer.
Clare's first passion is her painting, but she finds great joy in working with her team of draft horses.
photo attribution: brown cannon photography (site)
- cellar master and farm foreman -
In the Summer of 2014 Jeff Porth joined the big table farm team to help bottle the 2013 vintage and make the 2014 wines. He has been a perfect fit, he seems to enjoy the craziness of Big Table Farm. Jeff is an invaluable member of the team both in the cellar and on the farm. He assists Brian in the winery all year and is game to move cow fence or anything else we throw his way around the farm.
- Direct to Consumer Sales Manager -
Elaine works side by side with Clare and Brian in our tiny farmhouse office and seems
to love her job as much as giving Levi scratches and making team lunch on Wednesdays.
Elaine brings a great palette and a deep knowledge of wine from years in the business
in retail as well as distribution. If you call or email she will help make sure you get just
the wine you want and make sure it gets to you safely. Her calm, confident nature is
a prefect balance with our team as well as her keen eye for detail. She is a huge asset and
with her love of wine, food and cooking she is a great fit!
Clementine and Levi are also part of our team -
so if you come out to the farm to taste wine, you are likely to see some dog tricks.