Not Your Typical Wine Tasting…
Inside a tasting room carved from solid rock, situated underground inside an ancient volcanic caldera… you’ll discover a portfolio of 28 extraordinary wines showcasing one of the most diverse vineyards in the United States, made by one of the most talented winemakers of our time. We elevate the whole wine tasting thing with carefully paired gourmet artisan cheese and charcuterie, while discussing the finer points about what it means to be the country’s only estate wine barrel cooperage. These elements are woven into a story more suited to Hollywood than Napa about a Smuggler’s legacy of clones, cops and Cabernet…
Tastings in the Caldwell Cave
Enjoy a 90-minute tasting showcasing 6 current releases chosen from our Signature, Varietal, Smuggler and Rocket Science collections.
$75 pp. By appointment at 10a, 12p, 2p and 3:30p for parties up to 8.
SAUVIGNON BLANC [clone 317]
CHARDONNAY [clone 809]
SYRAH ROSÉ JOY
CABERNET FRANC [clone 214]
MERLOT [clone 181]
CARMÉNÈRE [clone 2]
SYRAH [clone 525]
MALBEC [clone 595]
PETIT VERDOT [clone 400]
TANNAT [clone 474]
DOURO DESSERT WINE (500ml)
“PLATINUM” PROPRIETARY RED
"GOLD" CABERNET SAUVIGNON
"SILVER" PROPRIETARY RED
ROCKET SCIENCE PROPRIETARY RED
NV GAMET CALDWELL CHAMPAGNE
2004 CALDWELL CHATEÂU de BOURSAULT CHAMPAGNE
MAVERICK + THE VIKING SPARKLING MUSCAT
SOCIETY OF SMUGGLERS
PRIVATE Virtual Tastings
The global pandemic of 2020 made sure we got pretty good at having a whole lotta fun, even if we can’t be in the cave together.
Our Virtual Tastings include the wine and 90-minutes of dedicated face-time with the legend himself, John Caldwell (a.k.a. JFC) and Mario (John's Right-Hand Man).
2019 Caldwell Sauvignon Blanc
2018 Rocket Science Proprietary Red
2018 Society of Smugglers Cabernet Sauvignon
$210 per 3-pack shipping included* $75pp tasting fee is waived.
If there’s a wine or two you’ve heard about, or something you’ve been dying to try, we’re happy to add bottles to your pack. We’ll cover the cost of shipping and talk about the wines whether you’re popping the corks with us or not. Tastings will be scheduled at mutually convenient time after you’ve had time to receive your wines.
SMUGGLERS-ONLY HAPPY HOUR 2020
Because a good Smuggler never drinks alone, JFC (John Caldwell) is hosting a series of Smugglers-only happy hours. Every Friday at 4pm (pst), we gather our band of rabble rousers for a live and unfiltered online virtual happy hour. Open to Smugglers only.
SESSIONS with the SMUGGLER Virtual Tastings
(May-August 2020 — Once a Month)
Join John, Marc (our winemaker) and Mario (John’s right hand man), live, unrated and uncut, on Zoom, for a series of five Virtual Tasting Sessions.
Each Session will include two or three wines with the option to purchase artisan charcuterie and cheese pairings while you get a front row seat to the inner-sanctum details of all things Caldwell. We’ll cover the shipping on the wines, and the pairings are drop shipped from our partner*.
A ZOOM link will be provided with your Sessions confirmation.
*Wine and pairing orders must be placed at least 10 days in advance of the Session so get everything in time.
If you’re not buying wine but still wanna hang, email us and we’ll shoot you the details. Yes, you can invite friends because we don’t have to worry about County visitation limits online.
“Interviews with the Smuggler”
John Caldwell (aka JFC) gets deep in a lively, unfiltered and uncut virtual broadcast with our Champagne partners, the multigenerational Gamet family interviewed live from their wine estate in Mardeuil, France. Thursday, April 30th, 2020.