Summer in the Vineyard (2017) – Sequel Takes Viewers Back to the Vineyard

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The second original in Hallmark’s latest Summer Nights campaign keeps its plot simple, and boasts beautiful scenery. The story reacquaints viewers with the cautious, worrier Frankie Baldwin (Rachael Leigh Cook) and the optimistic Nate Deluca (Brendan Penny), who's motto seems to be “everything will be fine.” 

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Since the pair went into partnership together – both in business and of the heart, as winery owners they eagerly anticipate bottling and labeling their first vintage. Frankie works to perfect her cabernet while Nate’s domain is the vines. Life becomes hectic when a twist of fate puts Sorrento Farms as the location for the annual Taste St. Madeline, an annual food and wine event. Frankie’s unhappy with the location change (and keeping a secret). Meanwhile Nate believes this event will be the making of their first-year vineyard.

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It’s always fun to revisit favorite characters and discover where life's path has taken them. To see what they’ve accomplished (especially since they all have some dream, or have chosen something new by story’s end) since last we saw them. We have this chance with two such characters. Last autumn, Hallmark introduced us to Frankie and Nate in Autumn in the Vineyard, and this summer they return. Though I hadn’t seen the prequel, I sat down to watch its follow up hoping it’d still be an enjoyable experience.

Of course, I needn’t have feared anything since this is a sweet little flick sure to enchant fans of ‘Autumn.’ The script does a nice job of informing on everything viewers who didn’t catch the prequel may have missed. We learn the “why” behind the partnership, the challenges of it and why the pair tries to balance work vs. personal. Then there’s this new story intermingled with the carry over. Viewers will (no doubt) enjoy seeing more of Nate’s brother, Marco, and we meet Frankie’s cousin, Lexie.

TV FILM REVIEW | Summer in the Vineyard (2017) – Sequel Takes Viewers Back to the Vineyard. All review text © Rissi JC; review first appears on

Scripted by Julie Sherman Wolfe (The Birthday Wish, Hello, It’s Me, Wedding Bells), the story keeps true to what I suspect is the core personality of these characters. Nate is all about keeping faith everything will out without stressing while Frankie worries over the smallest upsets, and possible disasters. Their romantic life seems to get a “backseat” in many instances (the story “feels” less about them as a couple because of this), but I also realize that’s part of the films direction.

Fans will love stepping back into the vineyard, especially with Frankie and Nate awaiting them. The setting is absolutely beautiful (filmed in Canada far as I can tell) which makes all of the outdoor scenes gorgeous. In particular this is true of the final sequence. There’s some nice humor, and with this followup, these characters are sure to further cement themselves into your TV addict heart.

Catch the premiere of Summer in the Vineyard tonight (August 12th) on Hallmark Channel.

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  1. This seems like a new trend with Hallmark, and I kind of like it. It really compliments my need for companion novels and epilogues. I DVRed this last night and will watch it today, so I am happy your review is very positive.

    1. Hope you enjoyed, Sam! I haven't seen the prequel to this (did you?) so I did have to catch up to some degree, but overall, this was super entertaining. :)


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