Today I’m interviewing Chardonnay St. Pierre, heiress, from Heather Heyford’s A TASTE OF CHARDONNAY. If you’re local to the Harrisburg, PA area, and you’d like to meet Chardonnay’s creator, Heather Heyford, she’ll be signing books at Cupboard Maker Books, Rte. 11/15, Enola, on Sunday October 12th from 5-8 p.m. Now, on to the interview.
Hello, Ms. St. Pierre, and thank you for being here. I’m very excited to tell you that I bought my first bottle of chardonnay tonight. Not kidding. I’m a single malt gal myself, but The Good Reverend and his wife are coming for dinner tomorrow evening, and I didn’t think it prudent to offer them whiskey.
RESPONSE: Thanks so much for inviting me! I hope you will try Domaine St. Pierre Chardonnay sometime. It’s sharp and petrolly, with the tang of cat pee.
I’ll look for it! Forgive me for bringing up what might be a sensitive subject, but your father has been involved in some pretty scandalous activities. Has the public judged you, as an extension of him?
RESPONSE: Funny you should ask. I love Papa, truly I do, but sometimes I’d give anything to have a run-of-the-mill dad. When I really think about it, I’ve planned my whole career around trying to clean up my family’s image.
What have you done to combat the negative image?
RESPONSE: The Valley is totally dependent on pickers—er, sorry, that’s what Papa calls them—migrant workers. My new children’s foundation is designed to help migrant kids with housing and education. These kids are victims, here by chance. Actually, don’t you think all children are victims of their birth, to some extent? Even those of us who are fortunate enough not to have money problems have other issues to deal with.
Very true. We have no control over where we begin our lives. I understand you’re a strong athlete. In fact, you’re running in this year’s Challenge, aren’t you?
RESPONSE: I am! I’m so excited that the girls from the Napa Valley field hockey team, whom I’ve played with over the summers when I was home from boarding school, have offered to run with me for my charity.
It’s great that you rallied solid support for a very noble cause. Do you know who else is running in that race? Hollywood heartthrob, Ryder McBride.
RESPONSE: No comment.
Annnnd we’ll move on. I admire you for your work with the children’s foundation—and for committing to run in the upcoming race. At my age, I’d only race if you put Liam Neeson just beyond my reach, sort of like when they drag that plastic bag in front of racing greyhounds.
RESPONSE: It’s true that Liam is hot (and super nice—he’s been at the house a couple of times), but in general I have a love-hate relationship with actors. You may or may not know that my late Maman was the actress Lily d’Amboise. Again, I loved Maman, but the older I get, the more I realize that she was an actor first, and a mother second. Of course you feel these things when you’re little, but it sometimes takes years for you to put them into words.
Not only that, it seems as though every time I turn around, Papa has a new MAW—Model/Actress/Whatever—clinging to his arm or lying around the pool, downing our wine by the barrel. Papa always did have an infatuation with film people. So you can understand why I have a natural distrust of actors. I’m not proud of it, but there it is.
I understand your earlier reaction to my question about Ryder McBride a little better now.
RESPONSE: I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Ryder McBride. But judging from most of the other beautiful male actors I’ve met at Papa’s parties, he’s guaranteed to be a self-centered egomaniac. Still, you never know. He might be like Liam, and surprise me!
Well, my sources tell me he certainly knows who you are, and he’s looking forward to giving you a run for your money.
Find out how the race—and the meeting—ends! Click the image below.
Chardonnay St. Pierre’s father is as infamous for his scandals as he is for his wine, and it’s up to Char to restore the family name. The Challenge, an elite charity competition held in Napa, seems like the perfect opportunity for the socialite to cement her image as a philanthropist. But all eyes—including Char’s—are on the Hollywood heartthrob who’s also entered the race…
Long before his face was splashed across the gossip magazines, Ryder McBride grew up in a working-class family in Napa. He knows all about the St. Pierre sisters and their notorious father, and when he learns he’ll be up against Char in The Challenge, he assumes the grape doesn’t fall far from the vine. But the more they get to know one another, the more they begin to realize that nothing pairs better with a heated rivalry than a healthy pour of flirtation…