Welcome to RISK Wines

About Us

RISK is a family affair, Robert, Irene, Sarah and Kelly


It was a big RISK making my first Napa wine. Oakville is very competitive  and you have to be good to get attention. We was able to craft a wine that won 4 Double Golds, and 93 pts in Wine Enthusiast.  RISK  stands for Robert , Irene Sarah and Kelly, the Smerling family. 

 Enjoy the whole family of premium wines , "it is worth the RISK."

Winemaker Robert Smerling


All our RISK wines are hand picked and fermented in small lots, before being barrel aged in French oak.

We are from Boston


We have been making wine in California for over 30 years, but we have never lost our Boston roots. 


2014 Oakville Cabernet


Our Oakville, Napa Valley wine is hand picked from the vines.  We ferment in small lots and then age in New French oak barrels for 18 months. This wine has concentrated layers of black fruit, coffee and dried herbs. The polished tannin will make this a great wine to cellar for the next decade. 110 cases produced.

93 Points Wine Enthusiast

Double Gold, 98 points CA. State Fair

Double Gold Toast of the Coast 98 points

Double Gold Denver International wine Competition

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2012 Amador Nebbiolo


The sister wine to our Barbera, comes from the Shenandoah Valley region of Amador County. This is an earthy wine, equal to the great Barolo's and Barbaresco's  from Italy. Barrel aged for two years, then stored in our cellars until the wine is ready. 2012 is our current release. Limited production of 60 cases.

88 pts Wine Enthusiast 

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2017 Amador Barbera


I have returned to my roots with this RISK Barbera. When I started Renwood over 30 years ago I wanted to make Italian varietals like Barbera. Zin was an after thought. I have captured the essence of the Piedmont region in this well balanced wine.  Just the right amount of dark fruit with hints of acid, aged in oak for 9 months not to mask the flavors. Limited production of 120 cases.

91 pts OCWS

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Produced and Bottled by Cabana Winery

RISK wines are part of the Cabana Winery family. Visit our tasting room  in Lodi.


Cabana Winery /Risk Wines

710 S Beckman , Suite D, Lodi, CA 95240,

(916) 476-5492 info@riskwines.com

Tasting Room Hours




By Appointment


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By Appointment


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1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


1:00 pm – 5:00 pm