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With enhanced author information such as Reader Letter, etc. Join author Heather Heyford as she uncorks a sparkling new series following the St. Pierre sisters, heiresses to a Napa wine fortune who are toasting the good life and are thirsty for love...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 faWith enhanced author information such as Reader Letter, etc. Join author Heather Heyford as she uncorks a sparkling new series following the St. Pierre sisters, heiresses to a Napa wine fortune who are toasting the good life and are thirsty for love...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......

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a taste of chardonnay Reviews

  • Melissa
    2019-02-01 12:56

    Every time I go browsing through OverDrive's Romance section, I stumble into this book and (keeping in mind my track record with contemporary romance) continue scrolling down the page. However, one of the squares for the 16 Tasks for the Festive Season required a book set in a vineyard/rural area, so I borrowed this book. And I am glad I was forced to, because this book was the perfect balance of sex, characters, and plotline.Chardonnay St. Pierres (yep that's her name, although she goes by the simple "Char" for most of the book - the other books in the series focus on her sisters - I kid you not - Sauvignon "Savvy", Merlot "Meri", and Sake....) is the middle child and one of the heirs to the Domaine St Pierres fortune and estate. Her family, except for her sisters and her, puts the "dis" in dysfunctional - most notably dear Papa. Char has recently graduated from college and is working hard to open her own charity without dear Papa's money or influence. Her charity helps migrant workers and their families, many of whom work on the vineyards in Napa Valley and her own estate. She is earnest, loving, smart, athletic, and deeply embarrassed with her family's reputation for bad behavior and hopes her charity work will get her family some good PR while also allowing her to have her own identity apart from "Princess St Pierres".Ryan McBride, Hollywood's newest heartthrob and Napa Valley's hometown boy, is back in town to help the Firefighter Relief Fund, shoot a new movie, and help out his family around the house. Char is impressed that this actor knows so many facts and figures about migrant workers in Napa Valley and his work with the FRF; unfortunately his work with the FRF comes in direct competition with Char's charity, as both are vying for a $1 million dollar donation from the McDaniel Foundation. The FRF is Ryan's passion, as the charity was there for his family when his firefighter dad died in the line of duty...a fire that is connected in some way to Char's dear Papa.The chemistry between Ryan and Char was both physically and emotionally present; the sex scene was not quite a closed door, but not described in full on detail. Perfect for me. The side characters added to the story and character development of the MCs. To me this book was the anti-rock star and anti-billionaire romance.

  • Zemlja
    2019-02-01 14:05

    Simpaticni vikend roman. Sve sa merom. Dopalo mi se... :)

  • Julija
    2019-01-22 11:12

    When Kindle store suggests a book about wine, of course I'm gonna say yes. Except that this one had very little wine appreciation despite featuring a giant wine mansion, which, ok, #rude. But well, at least the Napa Valley atmosphere was present and quite charming. All in all, A Taste of Chardonnay turned out to be a liiiiittle bit boring for my tastes. Entertaining, I suppose, and a very quick read, but sadly unremarkable. Mostly because a) nothing really happened and b) the main characters were a tad too perfect. I mean, he's a great actor, and a total charmer, and a very smart college guy, and also a firefighter, and a charity man, and a perfect son, oh and a great lover. Like, really? He even goes to Church. And she's just all golden and pretty and an athlete and a businesswoman and a charity woman and what else I honestly can't even remember because ugh.Then they meet. And learn that they are rivals in a charity competition. Which is soon overshadowed by all the misunderstandings and hot and cold routines. They barely spend any time with each other but they sure like to go from hate to love in a matter of paragraphs. It was cute, I guess, or some moments were, at least. But, again, very unremarkable and just meh. Which is sad. Because wine. And Napa Valley. (Also, what kind of father names his kids Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot? Like, really, dude, really? THINK OF YOUR KIDS. Parents... Sigh.)

  • Ami
    2019-02-10 15:16

    This was a debut novel from Heather Heyford, and I admit that I was a bit unsure about this when I decided to ask for copy, but I was intrigued with the idea of ‘heated rivalry’ promised on the blurb. I was expecting some banter and a quick pace, especially when an heiress was dealing with an actor.While I didn’t dislike it, unfortunately, the story also didn’t exactly win me over. I thought the rivalry between Chardonnay “Char” St. Pierre, the daughter of a notorious vintner who seemed unable to stay away from troubles and scandal and the rising actor, Ryder McBride, wasn’t as heated as I thought it would be. In fact, I thought Char and Ryder slightly lacked chemistry, and they didn’t spend enough time together to make me care for them emotionally.In addition, I was having trouble connecting on the level of these socialites and famous people with the parties, the winery, the charity and the paparazzi. I guess there is a reason that Hollywood and socialites look good for me on television only but not something I could see myself enjoying within the limitation of book (virtual) pages.I did think that both Char and Ryder had interesting backgrounds – how Char had deal with the scandal of her family and how Ryder had to step up to practically be the head of his family when his father died. The ‘secret’ that somehow connected Char’s father and Ryder’s father was also interesting. It wasn’t really revealed (or clued in) from early on, so it was a nice surprise to read about and added a drama to the story.It was a nice start of a series (the price was quite affordable too, by the way) but for me, personally, I wasn't intrigued enough to check the story of Char’s other sisters.A Guest Review for The Blogger GirlsThe ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

  • Liliflaj
    2019-01-29 10:56

    lep pocetak serijala :)

  • Ashly Lynn
    2019-02-15 06:54

    3.5 Stars I recently received a free copy of this book through Goodreads Firstreads Giveaways. Although I wasn’t floored with this book, I was pleasantly surprised. This is a good, brief story that was fast-paced and easy to read. Overall, I enjoyed almost everything and don’t have too many negative arguments to say about the story, the characters, or the writer.This is a contemporary romance that focuses on two main characters, Chardonnay St. Pierre and Ryder McBride. Yes, Chardonnay is named after the wine, along with her two sisters, Merlot and Sauvignon (Meri and Savvy – who will, I’m assuming, both have their own books (Meri’s is coming out in January of 2015)). Chardonnay, Char, is in for the ride of her life when she bumps into Ryder McBride (pun intended) while examining a building that she wants to buy to use for a headquarters of her favorite charity, donating and promoting immigrant families and children. But, will she be able to get her hands on this building when Ryder has also set his sights on it. Read and find out what happens between this newly-pitted rivals and see what past conflict is dug up by the fame-frenzied paparazzi. Now, as I mentioned in the previous paragraph Chardonnay is also the name of a wine, obviously. You better believe this is no coincidence. Neither, of course, are Merlot and Sauvignon. Their father, Xavier St. Pierre, is one of Napa Valley’s most famous (and richest) vineyard owners. This, I thought, was a nice touch for this novel. It was a unique spin and something that I had not really read put into use before (but, I’ll admit, I don’t read to much romance). I definitely thought this was a cute idea, though, and adds a welcome quirkiness to the story. So, to analyze this plot a bit. The story is a light and fun one with minimal conflict. I did find that the battering heads of Char and Ryder could have ensued a bit more damage throughout the story, but there was still enough conflict to keep you wanting to read what happens next to the two lovebirds. There is enough here to make you want to find out what the resolution of this novel will be, and Heyford does a nice job of tying everything up at the end, just like what should happen in a romance novel. It was a bit short, though. I felt like she could have written the story to last a little bit longer, maybe then there could have been more conflict between the main characters. But, for her debut novel, she definitely did a decent job.The writing is about the same as the plot. It is apparent that this is the novelist’s debut, and that shows in the writing. She, however, has a solid voice and has writing that is better than many debut novelists’ first books I have read before. This lady absolutely has potential to make it in this genre and is heading in the right direction. I only found the writing lacking in a few instances that I couldn’t even name now, because they weren’t that big of a deal. And trust me, I’m an excessively analytical person and usually have no problem picking out/remember direct examples of parts of writing that bother me. Okay, so I can pick out one issue that bothered me a bit, but just the one, I swear! The only issue that is still prominent in my mind is that while describing Savvy’s 4.0 GPA Heyford wrote “four-point-oh.” That’s not how that is supposed to be represented in writing, but that’s a pretty minimal mistake and I’m being really picky right now. I also found her writing just a bit lacking in descriptions throughout, but with practice I’m sure Heyford will be excelling at descriptions in no time.The only other minimal complaint I have about this novel is that it was a bit, okay, a lot predictable. I knew what was going to happen right from the start, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. There were some twists and turns thrown in that I wasn’t expecting, but the ending was tied up from the beginning. And, like I said, this isn’t so bad since when choosing this type of genre the reader is usually looking for a nice, perfectly tied-up ending. There is nothing wrong with that. It wasn’t predictable in a bad way, just generally predictable. What I really did like was that this light, fluffy novel came with insight into two good causes. The two main causes that are discussed in this novel are, one, firefighters and their families and other families affected by fires and, two, immigrant families and their children affected by language barriers. These are two issues that are relevant and this is a nice way to impress upon people the limitations of what the affects of some of these issues can be. I really enjoyed that this was part of the novel and even found it a bit informational. This was a nice touch along with the romance overtone. I would recommend this book to people who like romance, as well as people who like a cause worth fighting learning about. I’m not saying that this is super informational, Heyford really just scratches the surface, but if you’re going to read something, might as well learn something too. This was a quick, easy, and enjoyable read. Check it out if I was persuasive enough, but I understand if I wasn’t, since I didn’t LOVE this book, I just liked it a fair amount. I’ll probably still check out the sequel, though!Thanks for reading and make sure you stop by and check out my Facebook page. Keep up on my latest reviews and follow for other bookish posts! –

  • Brie
    2019-01-18 06:50

    I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads contest.I passed it on to a friend who adores romance novels and was looking for books to bring and long n a rip with her. She enjoyed it but did mention it was "rather short" and that she wished there were more to the story.

  • KyBunnies
    2019-01-22 07:10

    Originally posted at Bunny's ReviewI signed up late for this tour. I wanted to read this book but wondered if I would have time with my reading schedule. It seems I am always behind but will always find room for a book that captures my when I read the description.Personally the name Chardonnay is so unique, fancy and something that portrays a richness that any female would be proud to have as a name. I do not know how the author picked the names for this series but I know I will be reading the second in this series. Merlot is my favorite wine, I could not pass that book up for even a bottle of my favorite.When Chardonnay and Ryder they both have a similar purpose in helping the community make things better for everyone. They refuse to share their ideas with each other. If they would share them a lot of misunderstanding would have been avoided. Chardonnay did not realize who Ryder was at first, when he turned to the side Chardonnay was a little stunned.The realtor that met up with Chardonnay was a little creepy. Seems he was only concerned with her status then actually helping. Diamond the realtor was more concerned with anyone status than helping and very unprofessional. I cannot imagine how celebrity status would interfere with life. Knowing that you will never have a moment’s peace, you cannot just run out to the store for a jug of milk without someone wanting to take your picture, shake your hand, and ask for your autograph. A person like this is always on display whether they want it or not. For an adult this would be hard for a child this would be unimaginable.Chardonnay’s father is a man who does not care about public image. A publicist nightmare to keep cleaning up all the trouble he creates.I love the tale woven thru the grapevines something so romantic yet timeless, as romantic as any Paris trip.This was a great read and I recommend to any who enjoy contemporary romance where sex does not overshadow the story.The bunnies and I give this bookcarrots.I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own and do not reflect those of the author, my clients or tour companies I work with. This is not a paid review. To form your own opinion please support the author and acquire your own legal copy of the book.

  • Elle
    2019-01-18 10:52

    This is Heather Heyford's debut novel and I'm already looking forward to follow-up books in the Napa Wine Heiress series! This book focuses on Chardonnay "Char" St. Pierre, the middle child of the famous French vintner Xavier St. Pierre and the late actress, Lily d'Amboise. Char's sisters are Sauvignon (aka "Savvy") and Merlot (aka "Meri'.) My first impression when I realized the sisters were named after wines was that these women were going to be uptight, snooty brats. I was pleasantly surprised that they all seem to be likable characters. Char is a charitable person who helps out in local soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and collects donated clothing for the less fortunate. She has a degree in public service from the University of Connecticut and has a plan to get a charity organization up and running. Her plan involves winning the McDaniel Foundation's Napa Charity Challenge so that she can start up her charity without the help of her father's money. The challenge involves running a half-marathon, raising funds from local businesses and a charity auction. Char is determined to win. What Char doesn't foresee is another competitor by the name of Ryder McBride. He's a famous actor who has come back to the area to participate in the Napa Charity Challenge for his own cause. Although they don't see eye-to-eye when they first meet, they both admit to themselves there's an attraction there. There are family secrets intertwined in the story line and the shining of light on some great charitable causes. Neither character comes off self-centered, which was a breath of fresh air. I would've liked to see more relationship development between Char and Ryder, as it felt like it happened quickly. All in all though this was a quick read and I'm looking forward to reading Char's sister's stories in the forthcoming books.      A Taste Of Sauvignon will be available on April 14, 2015 

  • Tiffany
    2019-02-15 09:02

    I was drawn to this book for several reasons: the title of the book, the beautiful cover and a story that involved wine country. I am a sucker for a good "wine dynasty" series. Susan Mallery has a great one, as does Marina Adair. When done right, they are downright addictive. So I took a chance on a new author, Heather Heyford. Immediately I noticed this book had a unique voice. The story focuses on the famous and somewhat infamous, St Pierre sisters, who are all uniquely named after wines: Chardonnay, Merlot, and Sauvignon. I personally love the quirkiness of the names. This story centers on Chardonnay, Char, who is a devout do-gooder with a Catholic streak. Not a common theme in romances, which I found to be a nice change of pace. The story is a little heavy-handed at points, but that felt more like the author trying to wrap her head around the characters and introduce us to the family, Napa Valley and start the set-up for the upcoming novels. Ryder was an intriguing male lead, though a bit too good to be true for my liking. But putting that aside, the two characters made sense together. The chemistry was a bit jumpy for me and not quite as natural as I like, but I think it still worked. I am really excited to read Merlot's story next and I can't wait to see how this author continues to develop. I think this is a must add to your "to-read" list if you are looking for a new series.I received a copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  • Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
    2019-02-13 12:48

    As much as I was hoping I would I would adore this novel it wasn't really there for me. The book is well written and I did like the plot setting but for me the characters and their romance was just not as believable as I would have hoped.It really felt like the author was trying too hard to make the romance and force the chemistry onto the characters without allowing the story to flow more easily. I also did not care for the nature nor the ego of Ryder, the hero. I know that he is suppose to have this bad boy, hollywood type of personality but I thought he was pushy and at times overbearing and I just did not find him as a native to Napa.As for the heroine I think Char wasn't as strong as I like the heroines to be in a novel. I think in many ways she is more consumed by all the family drama that she has endured and such drama overshadowed the novel. What I did like about this novel was the fact that the author was willingly to go the distance and create a novel that stands apart from the industry. I think overall the author has a good foundation for continuing the series and since this is the first book of the series I think there is plenty of room to grow. This is a series that has caught my attention so I plan to continue to review the future books that will be released and I do have high hopes for Heyford. (This review was sent to the publisher prior to posting on GoodReads.)

  • ScarlettReader
    2019-01-20 08:18

    Hollywood heartthrob Ryder McBride is back in Napa for the summer to visit his family and prepare for his newest role while helping the local firefighters compete in an elite charity competition. Chardonnay St. Pierre, the beautiful socialite daughter of a local vintner and trouble-maker, decides the charity competition is the perfect way to raise money to begin her own philanthropy career and help restore her family’s name. Char does not care for actors and Ryder assumes Char’s volunteering is really just a way to get her picture in the society column. Spending time together for the charity event uncorks their combustible passion.Ms. Heyford has the potential for a wonderful series if she will develop her characters more. I felt like Ryder and Char only got to know each other on a physical level and not a deep, emotional level. They only had a handful of short conversations before Char announced she was in love with him. Most of what Ryder learned about Char’s background was from his mother. I would have felt a deeper connection between them if Char had been the one to explain to him how it felt to grow up in a fish bowl and without her father showing her much love.I liked the plot of this novel and Ms. Heyford introduced wonderful secondary characters. I look forward to the other books in this series especially if they feature the other two St. Pierre daughters.

  • Nicole Denise
    2019-01-21 07:59

    I received A Taste of Chardonnay from the giveaways on goodreads and was really surprised. I couldn't put the book down...unless my kids needed me or I was working. I probably would have read it in one sitting if it wasn't for the kids or work. I completely enjoyed it. Finally a fun read not filled with sex but with attraction, competiveness and family drama. Even as a vineyard heiress Char is extremely likable and relatable wanting to make a name for herself in charity on her own, wanting to do good without the help of her notorious father and family name. When she meets Ryder and her competitive side shows up the fun begins as they fall for each other. You really want them together and root for them to make it. I would definitely recommend this to others and look forward to reading the next book in this series of sisters!

  • Tammie Smith
    2019-01-28 10:58

    What happens when a up and coming actor meets a wine heiress with a race and a fire. You get a taste of Chardonnay. This is a feel good romance set in Napa Valley, California. Chardonnay graduated collage and know what she wants. She is going to by a old building with her racing winnings and start a charity to help the immigrants that helps with wineries. Then there is Ryder McBride who grew up in Napa. He quit collage and took a acting job to help out his single mom and younger siblings. Then they meet and the rest is history.I enjoyed reading this book and I will read the others in the series. Thank you to Heather Heyford and Goodreads for this book.

  • Bette Hansen
    2019-01-26 11:17

    Great read! This is a new to me author and I must say I really enjoyed this book. I will definitely be reading the rest in this series. Has the feel of a small town romance with a wonderfully sweet romance and low heat level. Three sisters having grown up as the daughters of the wealthy vintner of St. Pierre vineyards, expectations are low for them but each in there own way find a way to excel at life. This is the story of Chardonnay St. Pierre and Ryder McBride as they find there way to each other regardless of the events of the past. I highly recommend this one.

  • Sue
    2019-01-30 15:07

    In A Taste of Chardonnay (The Napa Wine Heiresses) by Heather Heyford, Chardonnay “Char” wants to be known for much more than her father’s scandals and wealth. Char has her own ambitions and believes in giving back to the community and the people. Looking to get her own charity off the ground, she has entered an elite competition where the winner will get money for their charity. A lot of money that Char desperately wants for hers. Read More

  • Bette Hansen
    2019-01-25 07:17

    Great read! This is a new to me author and I must say I really enjoyed this book. I will definitely be reading the rest in this series. Has the feel of a small town romance with a wonderfully sweet romance and low heat level. Three sisters having grown up as the daughters of the wealthy vintner of St. Pierre vineyards, expectations are low for them but each in there own way find a way to excel at life. This is the story of Chardonnay St. Pierre and Ryder McBride as they find there way to each other regardless of the events of the past. I highly recommend this one.

  • Michellecupboardmaker
    2019-01-26 10:05

    My favorite part of this book was the characters. The characters could have been stereotypes but Heyford's voice and development made them into two people that the reader could identify with. The setting was also very realistic and the competition between the hero and heroine for their respective charity was well developed and fascinating. I am looking forward to the rest of the books in the series.

  • Karen
    2019-02-15 12:17

    Arc from Netgalley for honest review. Mark this one to read. Its a nifty romance with intelligent well adjusted characters. I like that the story taught us about Napa, it's culture and history, weaving it into the story. I hope to read more from this author soon.

  • Janine
    2019-01-21 07:01

    I received this book through a firstreads giveaway.I enjoyed "A Taste of Chardonnay." The plot was fast moving and interesting. I liked the two main characters and their interactions but would have liked a little more depth with them and with the relationship between the sisters.Fun read.

  • Cindy
    2019-02-04 07:02

    More modern romance than chic lit - not my thing. I thought this would be good. After all, it's about wine! I have the next three in the series on my Kindle, but I'm haven't decided if I'm going to read them or not.

  • Lyn
    2019-01-26 11:10

    A nice read with well developed characters. The first in the series with Meri and Savvy's stories to follow. Enjoy! NetGalley and Kensington Books provided an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  • Kristina
    2019-01-19 06:50

    Great book and an easy read! Was not able to put the book down. The characters had me drawn into the book within the first chapter. I can not wait to finish the other books in the series of The Napa Wine Heiresses. I would highly recommend this book if your looking for something new to pick up!

  • Leslie
    2019-01-17 11:53

    Not letting her fathers ways lead her life of helping others....finding her true love in a rival who shares his life of wanting to help others.

  • Zolutera
    2019-02-15 09:00

    Fun, no-brainer, romance

  • Marianne
    2019-02-03 12:50

    Cute -- normally would say it's a good beach read ... But considering where I live and the subject matter, gotta say it's a good winery read!!!

  • Judy Jablonski
    2019-01-26 14:08

    Quick read, predictable but engaging.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-27 15:09

    Boring. I could not finish this book.

  • Carol Nemecek
    2019-02-02 11:57

    Very long for a short bookThe story here took forever to get started but once it did it moved right along. Just don't expect anything until more than midway through the book.

  • Amanda
    2019-02-10 09:13

    Fun read, but nothing new. Usual love story.