Virgin River star Colin Lawrence will headline the new Hallmark movie Napa Ever After. Set among the vineyards of Napa Valley, the movie is a romance that stars Denise Boutté as a woman who inherits a family vineyard. Part of the Mahogany series, the movie will premiere this weekend as part of Hallmark Channel’s Summer Nights lineup.
“Happily ever after could appear in the most unexpected of places—like a vineyard needing some rejuvenation!” reads a tagline for the movie on Hallmark Channel’s Facebook page. “Denise Boutté and Colin Lawrence star in the all-new original movie Napa Ever After.”
Virgin River star
Colin Lawrence is known for his role as John “Preacher” Middleton on the hit series Virgin River. In an interview with Robyn Carr, the author of the books the show is based on, Lawrence said he and Preacher both share a love of cooking.
“I’m a big, big, big chef type of foodie type of guy,” he said. “That’s my thing.”
His wife, Lucia Walters, joined the cast of Virgin River in Season 3 and became his onscreen love interest in Season 4.
New Hallmark movie
In Napa Ever After, Boutté stars as Cassandra, a high-powered attorney who lives in the city. When her estranged grandmother passes away, Cassandra is surprised to find out she has inherited the family’s vineyard in Napa Valley.
Once an award-winning winery and destination wedding venue, Eloi Vineyards is in disrepair and on the brink of bankruptcy. Cassandra takes a sabbatical from work to renovate the property, which has been the source of a lot of tension in her family.
Despite her plans to get the business up and running and then return to her life in the city, Cassandra finds herself charmed by the beautiful property, and by the handsome widower (played by Colin Lawrence) who helps her with the work.
According to a synopsis from Hallmark, “Cassandra sets out to reclaim her family legacy by reviving the vineyard in time for her dear friend Lena (Tiffany Yvonne Cox…) to have the first wedding there in years. Through the process, Cassandra discovers more about her family and opens her heart to a love like she’s never known.”
About the cast
A proud native of Louisiana, Denise Boutté was a successful advertising executive before she decided to pursue a career in Hollywood. She has starred in dozens of TV shows and movies, including Why Did I Get Married? Meet the Browns, Everybody Hates Chris, and Boston Legal.
She has had parts in two different soap operas, appearing in Days of Our Lives as Danielle Calder and in The Young and the Restless as Imani Benedict.
Colin Lawrence is well-known to Hallmark audiences. In addition to starring in the Christmas in Evergreen movie series, he has appeared in Mystery 101 with Jill Wagner and Kristoffer Polaha as well as the Morning Show Mysteries with Holly Robinson Peete.
Napa Ever After will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Saturday, August 26 at 8/7c.