The Big Cork family is made up of a wonderful group of dedicated people, who ensure the highest level of customer service for our guests.
Here’s a little more about two special members of the Big Cork team:
Job Title: BIG visionary (owner)
BIG Passion: People are my passion. Spending time with them, creating a space for them to relax, celebrate and come together…this is where dream meets reality for me.
BIG Pet Peeve: People who ask me what my biggest pet peeve is.
Favorite place to be at Big Cork: On the cigar patio, socializing and enjoying all that life has to offer with our friends and guests.
When I’m not at the winery, you’ll find me: Probably on the sidelines of my son’s soccer game, cheering him on with my wife, Jen. Or at my other company, ThompsonGas. There just aren’t enough hours in the day!
Why I started a winery: Growing up on this farm, I saw the potential for something much bigger than corn and hay crops. I wanted to create a place where families and friends could enjoy the land and the views in an intimate way. I believed, “If you build it, they will come.”
Job Title: BIG winemaker (master winemaker and head of operations)
BIG Passion: Walking through the vineyards every day…watching the grapes on their journey through the season, on their way to becoming wine. I love the moment when a chardonnay grape melts in your mouth in September, and you know harvest is about to begin.
BIG Pet Peeve: When the weather gods mess up harvest!
Favorite place to be at Big Cork: Walking the rows of grapes right before harvest, tasting all the final flavors right before the winemaking process begins.
When I’m not at the winery, you’ll find me: Enjoying my family, my church and my guitar.
Favorite Grape: That’s like asking me to tell you which of my kids is my favorite! (I might have one, but there’s no chance I’ll ever tell.) Each one of my grapes is important, and collectively they make up our BIG family of wines. Each one is important for its own accomplishments and personality, but it’s how they work as a team that is my favorite thing!