Wise Caldwell

A Tale of Two Vintners Turned Distillers

Brion Wise and John Caldwell are California vintners, friends and business partners, hell-bent on making the finest barrel-aged spirits in the world. And while they can’t seem to agree on the spelling of their favorite spirit (whisky or whiskey), they wholeheartedly agree on just about everything else that really matters when it comes to life’s most delicious things.

While both Brion and John own wineries, and some of the most hallowed grape-growing ground on the planet, it was John’s nightly, two-finger bourbon “mood-changer” that inspired them to learn more about America’s original.

Wise Caldwell Distillers is the taste-making love child between John’s maverick winemaking history and Brion’s Southern bootlegger heritage.

A singular bourbon blended from Kentucky’s finest
barrels, then finished in a head-spinning array of
wine, sherry, and cognac barrels from around the
globe. (Read JFC’s story)

The finest Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey,
finished in BRION Cabernet Sauvignon barrels
used to craft wine from Napa Valley’s most legendary
vineyards. (Read Brion’s story)