(Featured photo: BACA Vintner Jennifer Brown.)*
HALL, WALT and BACA Wines, a set of three, family-owned wineries located in Napa and Sonoma Counties, have announced the launch of another season of their celebrity Happy Hour series. The series rotates airing on three different social media platforms including Instagram and Facebook Live weekly on one of the respective brand channels. The Happy Hour series premiered on April 2, 2020, with over 200 shows produced through the December 2021.
“During the start of the pandemic in the Spring of 2020, we looked at different creative ways to keep our audiences engaged and keep wine conversations top of mind,” says Vintner Jennifer Brown. “Launching Season one of the series and really honing-in on the lifestyle of wine with each of our guests allowed us to connect in new and compelling ways –our Club Members and fans sipped along with our show hosts and the guest, and it truly felt like we are all enjoying a casual Happy Hour experience together. The 2022 Season will continue to focus on producing dynamic and engaging shows that let our audience into our guest’s lives, ask questions in real time, and hear about new projects that each are working on.”
Created by Vintner Kathryn Walt Hall and produced in-house, Happy Hour gives viewers an unscripted, behind the scenes peek into the lives of celebrities, artists, athletes, comedians, Broadway stars, authors, magicians, and more. Each episode aims to inspire creative conversations while sipping on a newly released HALL, WALT or BACA wine.
Guests joining the show in the 2022 Happy Hour line-up include Jimmy Kimmel, HGTV’s Christina Haack, Futurist Jason Silva, Grammy Award-winning Opera Singer Isabel Leonard, Emmy Award winner Shohreh Aghdashloo, and more.
Past Happy Hour show guests include Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Martin Short, Ed O’Neill, Catherine O’Hara, John Leguizamo, Eric McCormack, Busy Phillips, Monique Lhuillier, Paul Reiser, Cole Hauser, Cheryl Hines, Natalie Morales, Steve Wozniak, The Brothers Osborne, Sara Evans, CAM, Scotty McCreery, Matt Bomer, J.B. Smoove, Bruce Bochy, Cecily Strong, Chris Redd, Howard Gordon, Alfonso Ribiero, Giacomo Gianiotti, Dan Abrams, Kate Flannery, Sherri Saum, Terrell Davis, Jeannie Mai, Gizelle Bryant, Shep Rose, Austen Kroll, Craig Conover, Runaway June, Charissa Thomson, Carly Pearce, Chris Harrison, Josh Flagg and many more.
To view an archive of HALL Family Wines Happy Hour series, please visit Happy Hour Show Archive.
The Happy Hour series is hosted by three hosts, one for each wine brand including HALL, WALT and BACA Wines. A snapshot of each host can be found below:
HALL Happy Hour Hosted by Vintner Kathryn Walt Hall @hallwines.com + Facebook/hallwines
MEET THE HOST: Kathryn Walt Hall is the owner of HALL Family Wines and has been involved in the California wine industry since her family first purchased vineyards in the 1970’s. She has had a distinguished career as a successful businesswoman, attorney, community activist, and as the United States Ambassador to Austria, appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1997. A mother of two, Kathryn is fluent in French and German, earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, a joint MBA from UC California, Berkeley & Columbia University and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.
WALT Happy Hour Hosted by General Manager, Jeff Zappelli @waltwines + Facebook.com/waltwines
MEET THE HOST: After eight years managing restaurants including three years at San Francisco-based Morton’s Steakhouse, Jeff joined HALL Wines in 2006 to establish its Club Membership program which has become one of the most successful Direct to Consumer efforts in the Napa Valley. In 2016, Zappelli was appointed General Manager of WALT Wines, making him responsible for the dayto-day operations and strategic planning for the Sonoma-based brand. Zappelli is an active speaker throughout the Bay Area, participating in conversations and panels related to direct-toconsumer trends, wine industry technology, sales as a science, CRM and direct marketing. An avid sports fan and father of three, Jeff was born in Seattle, WA and attended the University of California at Santa Barbara earning a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology.
BACA Happy Hour Hosted by Vintner Jennifer Brown @bacawines + Facebook.com/bacawines
MEET THE HOST: The daughter of Vintner Kathryn Hall, Jennifer Brown spearheads HALL Family Wines newest brand, BACA, meaning “berry” in Latin, a modern Zinfandel wine brand. Jennifer spearheads brand development, marketing strategies, and operational plans, as well as wholesale channels. Prior to working at HALL Family Wines, Jennifer was the founder of Omghow / Girl Karma Inc., a social platform and positive destination for teen girls. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Northwestern University and both a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration and a Law Degree from Stanford University. Fluent in German and a mother of two, Jennifer is an avid hiking and yoga enthusiast and incorporates wellness and clean living as a core part of her daily routine.
The 2022 Happy Hour series airs on Wednesdays each week beginning January 12 through February 23, and in March the series shifts to a monthly series. For more information on the HALL, WALT or BACA Happy Hour series, please visit https://www.hallwines.com/happy-hours.
ABOUT HALL FAMILY WINES: HALL Family Wines produces high quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel under the HALL, WALT and BACA brand monikers. HALL Family Wines collectively owns five wine country tasting rooms including HALL St. Helena, HALL Rutherford, WALT Sonoma, WALT Oxbow, and WALT | BACA Healdsburg. Owned by Craig and Kathryn Hall, the family-owned winery produces artisan wines that express the unique and diverse character of the wine country’s soils and climates through meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards and throughout the winemaking process. The family’s luxury wine portfolio, led by Vice President of Winemaking Megan Gunderson Paredes, sources fruit from some of the most prominent vineyards up and down the West Coast including eleven Estate vineyards– Sacrashe, Bergfeld, Hardester, Beller, T Bar T Ranch, Atlas Peak, Lamoreaux, Rainin, DellarFreidkin, Cook, Bob’s Ranch, Clos Pepe and The Corners. The HALL St. Helena winery was the first LEED® Gold Certified Winery in the State of California in 2009 and earned another LEED® Gold certification for its high-tech production facility and Tasting Room in 2014. Since the inception of HALL in 1995, the three luxury wine brands have earned over 700 ratings of 90 points or above from the industry’s top critics, including four 100-point scores. Visit www.hallwines.com
for more information, or call 707-967-2626.
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