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: Jamie Goode
- 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 perfect 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!
- Cellar Assistant and Farm Hand-
We First met Sara when she helped us label our 2012 vintage of wines.
We really enjoyed her energy then and still do now. After working with us all
those years ago Sara went on to work in several cellars including DDO.
Sara works with Brian in the winery both during harvest as well as taking care
of the wine throughout the year. Sara is also another pair of capable hands on the
farm, and helps us with all kinds of projects to keep things rolling around here.
Like everyone on the team Sara brings lunch to share with us once a week and
if we are lucky will brings some of her great bread!
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.