Our Big House® Chardonnay is infamously delicious. The grapes are harvested from our central coast vineyards and aged in 100% French oak barrels, preserving the fruit-forward character of the wine. The result is a Chardonnay with bold flavors of baked apple, vanilla, a touch of citrus and the subtle flavor of toasty oak. Its charismatic aromas and smooth finish are as captivating as Bugsy Siegel himself.
Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel was known as one of the most infamous and feared gangsters of the early 20th century. Recognized for his charisma and good looks, he is often considered the first celebrity gangster. Siegel was one of the founding members of murder incorporated, a New York crime syndicate involved in bootlegging during Prohibition and hundreds of contract hits in the 1930’s and 40’s. After Prohibition was repealed in 1931, Siegel moved to Las Vegas where he opened the Flamingo Hotel & Casino, the first on the Las Vegas strip. On June 20, 1947, Bugsy Siegel was murdered at the home of his mistress in Beverly Hills, CA. The details surrounding his death are still a mystery, and the case remains open with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Prohibition shook America’s foundation. It turned men into mobsters, drove ladies to lawlessness and transformed bootleggers into heroes. Big House® wines are inspired by these bootleggers, who helped bring Prohibition to an end and paid their dues in the Big House. Established in 1990 in Monterey County California, Big House Wine Co. receives its namesake due to the close proximity to the Soledad Correctional Facility, A. K. A. “The Big House. ” Our wines are crafted to deliver a fruit-forward style with an unrestrained full-mouth character that is big, bold and unapologetic.