McBride Pride: Not The Basketball Game, But The Wine Game Is What These Two Sisters Are Conquering
Photo: Forbes courtesy of the McBride Sisters
This story reminds me a little of the movie "It Takes Two" starring twin sisters Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Unfortunately I didn't get the opportunity to interview the McBride sisters, so I pieced together a brief blog with bits of information from the sisters' website mcbridesisters.com. and Forbes.com.
Andréa McBride was born in the United States, but was raised in New Zealand, while Robin McBride was born in Los Angeles, but was raised in Monterey, California. Worlds apart for the majority of their lives and not knowing the other existed, they finally met in 1999 at the request of their father before he passed away. Unbeknownst to the sisters initially, they found out they both share a love for wine and had similar upbringings growing up near vineyards as stated on their website. Starting out as importers and then bottling their first wines in 2010, Andréa and Robin are on their third successful collection, the McBride Sisters Collection.
Andréa and Robin stand tall and firm as the first African American sisters to own a wine company in a predominately white male industry. It's also mentioned on Forbes.com that the collection, launched in more than 1,500 retail locations nationwide, consists of four wines crafted in the McBride Sisters’ signature style, a blend of old world elegance with new world finesse. Two wines hail from New Zealand, the Sauvignon Blanc, and Sparkling Brut Rosé, and two wines from California’s Central Coast, the crisp Chardonnay, and Red Blend, not to mention their Black Girl Magic California Riesling limited exclusive collection. In an interview with Dominique Fluker, a San Francisco Bay Area social and content strategist and influencer marketer, the sisters were asked about the Black Girl Magic Collection, to which they replied, "Black Girl Magic was really inspired by amazing women and created to celebrate them. This wine is not about us, the McBride Sisters, but as a thank you for all of the support and inspiration that we get from so many amazing women over the years. To us, black girl magic is that drive, it’s the creativity, resilience, and innovation that shines brightly. This bottle is our celebration of that essence."
Sadly, I was unable to find the Black Girl Magic as it's a limited edition (BGM Riesling, Red Blend, and Rosé) and I don't believe it's sold in stores. Nor could I find the Yes She Can wine in a can. However, I did find the McBride Sisters Red Blend and Sauvignon Blanc in Target after what seemed like a hopeless search through one Kroger and then a Walmart. I would advise calling ahead or checking online to make sure the location has it in stock. I ended up getting the McBride Sauvignon Blanc. As the bottle states, it's from vineyards in the Spring Creek region of the Wairau Valley. This wine has flavors of nectarine, peach, grapefruit, and notes of jasmine and orange blossoms. I'm normally not a drinker because I'm kind of a lightweight, but it's good and I'm starting to feel it.
I personally envision the two sisters bonding and catching up over dinner parties, shopping sprees, and sleepovers. My heart smiles because this is such an endearing story. I hope they never lose each other again and that the McBride Sisters Wine and Collection continue to persevere and surpass everything they ever envisioned for it.
Please check out full articles on forbes.com and visit the sisters' website all listed above. They can also be found on Instagram @mcbridesisters