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Napa’s sure come a long way from its plum and nut orchard days. We’ve even got the Napa Valley Film Festival now – five days of black-tie galas, hobnobbing with filmmakers and celebrity guests, great flicks, great eats and of course plenty of great juice thanks to vintner sponsors like yours truly. 

Every year at the Festival, we present the Caldwell Vineyard Maverick Actor Tribute Award to an actor who’s not afraid to buck the trends and leave his (or her) mark on the world. The first award went to Matthew McConaughey for his role in Gold. The second went to Will Ferrell for his whole damn career. The prize is an etched magnum of Caldwell Gold that says:

 From one Maverick to another…
Well-behaved people seldom make history. 
- John Fucking Caldwell

John and Joy also host a special vintner dinner for visiting celebrities and Patron Circle members – an epic feast prepared by one of Napa’s rock star chefs, paired with Coombsville’s best. Every year it’s different, and every year it seems to get better. One year we had magicians conjuring $100 bills into unopened sugar packets, making 80-pound women impossible to lift, setting shit on fire, and generally messing with us. It was beyond great.

During the summer, the NVFF partners with Caldwell for our annual Rocket Science Meteors + Movies event up at the winery. This is a separate, more relaxed affair with family-style barbecue, a DIY popcorn bar, s’mores by the bonfire, stargazing, a festival-worthy movie, and of course, plenty of Rocket Science wine. Our event page can fill you in on what’s in store.

The main Napa Valley Film Festival, though, happens every year in early/mid November. You can check the latest info on their website,

Use the code “CALDWELL” to get $50 off any pass except Patron’s Circle. We’d suggest you go for Pass Plus so you can make sure you get into the films you wanna see, the big award events, and the gala. But if you really want to live large, spring for the Patron Circle ticket so you can hit all the special screenings and parties with us. This festival’s world-class and you won’t want to miss a thing.