Inside WALT

Our Team

Kathryn Hall image photo

Kathryn Walt Hall

Vintner
Craig Hall image photo

Craig Hall

Vintner
Mike Reynolds image photo

Mike Reynolds

President
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Whitney Jacobson

Vice President
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Don Munk

Director of Vineyards
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Jeff Zappelli

GM WALT Wines, VP Sales HALL Family Wines
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Natalie Bell

Executive Asst. to President
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Emily Harrison

VP of Marketing & Direct Sales
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Jennifer Brown

Vintner, BACA Wines
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Kathleen Fidler

Vice President, Finance
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Megan Gunderson

Vice President of Winemaking
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Alison Frichtl Hollister

Senior Winemaker
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Diem Doonan

Director of Membership
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Jamie Chandler

Director of Marketing
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David Eriksen

VP Hospitality
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Mike Hodgson

Director of eCommerce
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Dominique Alexander

Partner Relations
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Christy Logan

Creative Manager
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Gary Cisneros

Shipping & Inventory
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Lisa Covey

Director of Public Relations
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Chad Nuzum

Midwest Regional Sales
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Pedro Gallardo-Rodrigues

Membership
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Jonathan Figueroa

Cellar Master
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James Anci

Northeast Regional Sales
Austin Dunn, Wine Educator - WALT Sonoma - image portrait

Austin Dunn

WALT Sonoma
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Pedro Gutierrez

Cellar Supervisor
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Miguel Cirigo

Cellar Lead
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Jose Dominguez

Cellar Lead
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Natalie Bullion

Membership
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Juan Zevala

Cellar
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Michael Kelly

Tasting Room
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Adrian Pedraza

Cellar
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Mark Buckley

Marketing
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Jennifer Corpe

Membership
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Pamela Solis

Associate Winemaker
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Celfo Guzman

Cellar
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Cynthia Jones

WALT Sonoma
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Josh Brown

WALT Oxbow
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Kylee Minehan

WALT Sonoma
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Lisa Bell

WALT Sonoma
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Michele Lewis

WALT Tasting Room Manager
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Mike Johnson

WALT Oxbow
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Paige Johnson

WALT Oxbow
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Patti Hutchins

WALT Oxbow
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Renee Bell

WALT Sonoma
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Taylor Hutchins

WALT Oxbow
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Chelsea Cone

Affiliate Marketing
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Terry Cush

Tasting Room
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Kelly Johnson

Wholesale
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Desirae Luna

Communications Coordinator
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Noel Roldan

Membership
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Erin Hamada-Bigelow

California Regional Sales
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Beatriz Rodriguez

Cellar
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Jose Calderon

Cellar
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Dana Negro

Membership
Jeannette Sillett, Wine Educator - WALT Oxbow in Napa - image portrait

Jeannette Sillett

WALT Sonoma
Angus Chiang, Wine Educator - WALT Oxbow in Napa - image portrait

Angus Chiang

WALT Oxbow
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Sean Romano

Outbound Sales Manager

Kathryn Walt Hall, Vintner

Kathryn Walt Hall is the proprietor of HALL Wines and WALT Wines, and has been involved in the California wine industry since her family first purchased a vineyard 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.

Kathryn and her brother managed the family vineyard from 1982 to 1992, selling grapes to other wineries, as well as producing Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon under the label WALT Vineyards. Kathryn began her public career as assistant city attorney in Berkeley, California. Later, she joined Safeway Stores, where she was responsible for developing and administering one of the nation’s first and largest affirmative action programs. Subsequently, she worked as an attorney and businesswoman in Dallas, Texas, where she was president of an inner city development company and partner of Hall Financial Group, Inc.

Long committed to social issues, Kathryn has served on numerous non-profit and institutional boards, addressing issues related to social care and mental health. She co-founded the North Texas Food Bank, served on the U.S. House of Representatives Hunger Advisory Committee, and was the director/vice president of the Texas Mental Health Association. Kathryn has served on the National Advisory Council for Violence Against Women and as a trustee of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

From 1997 to 2001, Kathryn served as the United States Ambassador to Austria. Since her return to America, she has resumed her role as proprietor of HALL and WALT Wines along with her husband Craig. Continuing upon her experience promoting American agriculture in Austria, in September 2001 she was appointed to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for international trade and to Texas One, promoting international investment in Texas.

Kathryn serves on the Napa Legal Aid Board of Directors and 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. Together with her husband Craig, they have four children.

Craig Hall, Vintner

Craig Hall is the owner of a collection of family-owned brands including HALL and WALT Wines and Dallas-based HALL Group. Hall is a New York Times bestselling author, civic leader, philanthropist, and the entrepreneur who started HALL Group in 1968 at age 18. Today, HALL Group’s diversified business interests include active operations in winemaking, commercial real estate ownership, development and management, structured financial lending, and early-stage investments for promising start-ups. The HALL and WALT luxury wine brands are widely recognized for quality by some of the industry’s top critics.

Hall actively supports new entrepreneurs, nurtures young start-ups and often speaks publicly about the importance of encouraging entrepreneurship worldwide. Together with his wife Kathryn Hall, he funded the Fulbright – Kathryn and Craig Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship to teach entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe. Hall also founded the Dallas Regional Office of NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship). He is the author of six published books, including his most recent, “A Perfect Score: The Art, Soul, and Business of a 21st Century Winery,” which was co-authored with his wife and listed as a ¬New York Times Non-Fiction Bestseller.

A lifelong art collector, Hall believes art nourishes the human spirit and can make a profound difference in people’s lives. Throughout his businesses, pieces from Hall’s personal art collection are on public display. Important works by artists from all over the world can be found at the HALL St. Helena and HALL Rutherford wineries in Napa Valley, as well as at HALL Park in Frisco, Texas and HALL Arts in Dallas.

In 2007, Hall was named a lifetime member of the prestigious Horatio Alger Association for Distinguished Americans, and was inducted into the North Texas Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame and the Entrepreneurs Foundation of North Texas’ Ring of Honor. He was named the 2013 Dallas Real Estate Executive of the Year and in 2016 he was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Dallas Business Hall of Fame. Most recently, Craig and Kathryn were co-awarded the 2017 Master Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Southwest Region from the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program and were named finalists in the national real estate category award program.

Hall and his companies are often recognized for significant achievements and civic and charitable contributions. Hall received the 2002 Obelisk Award from the Dallas Business Committee for the Arts for his long-time support of Texas artists, and was named Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002 by Ernst & Young. In 2006, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mortgage Bankers Association. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the American University in Bulgaria, the American-Austrian Fulbright Board and the Board of the Horatio Alger Association for Distinguished Americans.

The Halls have made it a lifelong mission to put people first – those in the community, those whom they employ, and those who enjoy their wines. Hall strongly believes that entrepreneurship is a catalyst that makes a difference both today and in the future, and intends to leave the world better than he found it. This is a philosophy he has been putting into action for 50 years, both in business and through his family foundation, established in 1977. Craig and Kathryn Hall work to give back across four categories; Community, Arts, Responsible Business Practices, and Entrepreneurship. They have significantly contributed to Napa and Sonoma County non-profit organizations and host a number of community-related events each year, including the annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff, an event that has helped raise over $500,000 for Napa Valley non-profits since its inception. Additionally, Craig continues to support a number of community organizations that directly impact education, healthcare, wellness, animal rights, the environment, and the arts including Clinic Ole, Legal Aid Napa Valley, Auction Napa Valley, Sonoma Barrel and Wine Auction, and Napa Emergency Women’s Services.

Mike Reynolds, President

Mike Reynolds began at the inception of the winery, shortly after Craig and Kathryn Hall returned from Austria in 2002. Initially, Mike served as Winemaker and General Manager during the infancy of the winery, and was promoted to President in 2006. Since 2002, Reynolds has overseen development of the HALL, WALT and BACA businesses, including production, vineyards, operations, and construction.

Mike oversaw the design and construction of the new state-of-the-art winemaking facilities, tasting rooms, and related areas at both HALL Rutherford and HALL St. Helena. He also leads the vineyard acquisition program for Kathryn and Craig Hall, who now own close to 500 acres of premier vineyards in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Santa Barbara counties.

Mike previously worked for Jackson Family Wines where he was General Manager for both the Stonestreet and Vérité wine facilities. Before joining Jackson Family Wines, he worked for 11 years at Schramsberg Vineyards in the Napa Valley where he was Winemaker for 8 years prior to assuming the additional role of General Manager. Mike holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, and a BS in fermentation science (winemaking and viticulture), from the University of California, Davis. In addition, Mike is a Board Member for the California Wine Institute, a member of the Young Presidents Organization, and Vice President (and manages a team) at Napa Little League.

Mike's youngest son, Jack, provided the artwork for the HALL "Jack's Masterpiece" Cabernet Sauvignon.

Jeff Zappelli, GM WALT Wines, VP Sales HALL Family Wines

After eight years managing restaurants including three years at San Francisco-based Morton’s Steakhouse, Jeff Zappelli joined HALL Wines in 2006, helping define one of the most successful Direct to Consumer industry efforts in the Napa Valley. In 2012, with the 2010 vintage, Craig and Kathryn Walt Hall unveiled a long sought-after project –a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay label under WALT which expanded Zappelli’s role to both HALL and WALT brands.

In 2016, Zappelli was appointed General Manager of WALT, making him responsible for the day-to-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-to-consumer trends, wine industry technology, sales as a science, CRM and direct marketing campaign strategies.

Born in Seattle, WA, he attended the University of California Santa Barbara and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biopsychology. He currently resides in Marin County with his wife, Veronika, and their three children.

Megan Gunderson, Director of Winemaking

Vice President of Winemaking, Megan Gunderson began her career in the Napa Valley in 2001 when she moved from Colorado to California and worked as an intern at Robert Mondavi Winery. Early on, she discovered a passion for wine and viticulture and went on to become a Laboratory Manager for St. Supery Vineyards in Rutherford, then Dominus Estates in Oakville. At Dominus, she was able to refine her winemaking skills under the mentorship of Christian Moueix and Jean-Claude Barrouet, learning to hone her winemaking craft with unique methods.

In 2005, she joined HALL Wines as Enologist and quickly rose through the ranks with increasingly central roles within the winemaking operation. In 2018, Megan was promoted to Vice President of Winemaking, leading the wine program for the three, family-owned luxury brands, HALL, WALT and BACA Wines. Her multiple degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics have given her a unique and unmatched perspective into the scientific aspects of winemaking.

Megan lives in Napa Valley with her husband and two daughters.

Alison Frichtl Hollister, Senior Winemaker

Alison Frichtl Hollister didn't take the conventional path to making wine. Growing up in a creative household, she has always viewed the world through an artistic eye and her love for the winemaking craft came through her desire to create something new. Alison had an early introduction to American winemaking after moving to the Willamette Valley, Oregon as a teenager. This set the field as she was looking for direction with her degree in Biology from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. After her first harvest at Etude Wines in 2006 she knew she had found her place and settled in Napa.

In 2008 Alison joined HALL wines as Enologist and has grown with the brand. In 2012 she was promoted to Assistant Winemaker. In 2016, the Halls proposed making Zinfandel. Alison was up for the challenge and was promoted to Head Winemaker for BACA Zinfandel. Starting in 2020 Alison has taken on the role of Senior Winemaker for the HALL Family of Wines. As she continues her central role in crafting the HALL collection, she has added WALT Pinot Noir to her personal portfolio as Head Winemaker.

When she’s not making wine, Alison can be found fermenting everything from kombucha to kimchi, sketching in the studio, and remodeling the Howell Mountain home she shares with her husband Bruce, a landscape designer and artist.

Don Munk, Director of Vineyard Operations

Don Munk, Director of Vineyard Operations, provides a lifetime of knowledge and experience to HALL Winery. Having grown up in the wine industry, born and raised in the Napa Valley, Don began working in the vineyards of a family friend at the age of fifteen and has been farming ever since.  Don holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business Farm Management from California State University, in which his studies strongly focused on viticulture. Don’s professional experience began at Buena Tierra Vineyards, where he worked as a harvest assistant and grafter for 6 years. From there he became the equipment manager and vineyard assistant at several vineyards where he participated in vineyard development, field monitoring, soil sampling, equipment operations as well as pruning, tying, suckering, grafting, and shop maintenance. Don then took his skills to Foster’s Wine Estates in St. Helena, CA in 1990. There he took on the role of vineyard manager where he was responsible for the operations of 725 acres. Now, Don is committed to carrying on HALL’s dedication to the environment and eco-friendly farming, while ensuring the production of the finest wines possible.

“I strongly believe you must be environmentally sustainable with your farming and you need to be responsible to your community.  We can never forget that Napa Valley is truly one of the premier winegrowing regions in the world and we should farm it with reverence: Farm to the vineyard and farm to the vine. Let the vine tell you what it can do. Create a healthy, balanced scenario for the vine so that it can express itself as it should.” –Don Munk

Whitney Jacobson, Vice President of Investments

Whitney Jacobson has more than 25 years of experience with investment, strategic and communications leadership within the political, business and wine industries. Jacobson provides overall guidance for all HALL and WALT Wines investor relations, communications, brand and charitable investment functions in support of the company's mission, vision, values and strategic objectives. Jacobson serves as an interface with the investment community and actively engages with internal and external stakeholders to support the development of the company’s reputation and positioning. Jacobson’s efforts involve acquiring and securing financial funding so the wine properties continue to emerge as state-of-the-art, iconic venues that allow the luxury wine brands to consistently be innovators in wine hospitality.

Before joining HALL & WALT in 2006, Jacobson worked at the White House in several capacities. From 1995-1997, she oversaw the Office of Personnel as Deputy Director under the Bill Clinton Administration, with a focus on Presidential nominees. Then in 1997, Whitney was appointed Chief of Staff for United States Ambassador to Austria, Kathryn Hall. Jacobson also served as the Public Relations Manager at United Airlines during September 11th attacks.

Jacobson is involved with various non-profit organizations within the Bay Area, including being on the board of St. Isidore School located in Danville, California. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in from Georgetown University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, Jody, and three children. 

For more information about opportunities to be a partner at HALL Wines, please contact Whitney at partners@hallwines.com

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