McBride sisters connect through blood and wine

L-R: Andrea and Robin McBride
L-R: Andrea and Robin McBride

Try not to be too envious, but Robin and Andrea McBride are straight up living the dream.

The half sisters’ lives revolve around wine.

The founders of the nature friendly label recently launched their latest, Truvée — a play on the French verb, trouver, to find. There’s a meaning behind the moniker: The two have the same father but different mothers, who raised them 7,000 miles apart. Despite the distance, Robin and Andrea eventually connected at the urging of their dad, who died back in 1999. Coincidentally — or not — they soon realized they shared a mutual passion for winemaking.

The San Francisco-based McBride siblings were in Miami this past week to introduce their lightly oaked chardonnay and a Grenache-based red blend.

How did your company come about?

Andrea: I was born in Los Angeles but raised in my mother’s native country of New Zealand. I was introduced to the wine industry through grape growing, as a business management apprentice for my uncle, who is a grape farmer in Marlborough, New Zealand. This background helped when we established our first company, importing boutique, premium and sustainable wines from the top wine-producing regions in New Zealand. We then went on to establish our first wine company, from New Zealand.

Robin: I was born in Los Angeles and raised in Monterey, California. With miles of vineyards and a wine region a stone’s throw from where I grew up, it was easy to become enchanted with wine and the business of bringing it to market. My early career began in sales and marketing as well as international import and exportation. After we established in Andréa’s backyard, we knew we wanted to make wines in the Central Coast of California — it was my turn!

What do you want readers to know about you?

Andrea: We believe in challenging the status quo. We challenge the status quo by making delicious wines, from the most unique, prestigious and sustainable vineyards from within the Central Coast of California, but at a price everyone can afford.

If you had to pick: Red or white?

Robin: Asking us that questions is like asking a mother who is their favorite child — it’s impossible! You can’t go wrong with a cool, crisp chardonnay on a hot summer’s day, and you can’t go wrong with a medium-bodied red blend when grilling out by the pool.

Andrea: No matter the season, we’re fans of all wine varietals through and through.

What is it like working alongside each other?

Robin: Fabulous, hilarious. We have a lot fun together and feel very blessed.

How was your trip to Miami?

Andrea: Fantastic! We hung out at a few of the wonderful places that serve our wine, including The Mondrian Hotel, Dulce Restaurant, Love is Blind, Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita and Villa Azur, to name a few.

See any upcoming wine trends?

Robin: We’re noticing that people are becoming more comfortable exploring, which is great. Advice we give anyone who is curious to try new things is to figure out what you like and what you don’t like. The more you taste, the more you’ll learn and wine is a wonderful, life-long journey.

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