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December 2, 2022 | The McBride Sisters

Holiday Your Way: Tis' the season with Claudette Zepeda

 

As a female-owned business we love celebrating female entrepreneurs, and when we think of powerhouse women, Claudette Zepeda immediately comes to mind. An award-winning chef who was born in the United States to Mexican parents, Zepeda’s food is a love letter to her childhood on the border between two cities – Tijuana and San Diego. 

Spending summers in Guadalajara with her aunt, who owned her own restaurant, planted the seed of entrepreneurship in Zepeda. The creative visionary built a name for herself serving as an award-winning food and beverage consultant, owner, and chef. 

 

From a pastry chef at El Bizcocho to Chef de Cuisine at the iconic Bracero in San Diego, Zepeda then competed on Top Chef Season 15 and Top Chef Mexico Season 2. In 2018 Zepeda partnered with Johan Engman's Rise & Shine Restaurant Group to open El Jardin in San Diego, where she held the title of Executive Chef and Partner. During her time leading the kitchen, Zepeda won the Eater San Diego and San Diego Union-Tribune’s Chef of the Year in 2018, and was a James Beard Best Chef West semifinalist in 2019.

 

 

After facing issues of conflicting creative visions with her partner of El Jardin, Zepeda parted ways with the restaurant in 2019. She kept building on her career as a chef, traveling around the world and breaking down cultural borders through food. In the spring of 2022 she founded Chispa Hospitality, which saw culinary spaces pop up in Australia and Mexico – Taqueria Zepeda recently opened its doors in Sydney on September 1, 2022, and a burger spot in Mexico City is soon to follow. 

 

As a trailblazing Latina in the food industry, Zepeda has carved her own path through perseverance and adapting to different environments, especially when working as a single mother while breaking into the industry. Having experienced the hardships and difficulties that single working mothers can endure, giving back is of utmost importance to her. And so, in 2019 she founded Viva La Vida, which focuses on supporting single women in Mexico by establishing small businesses that can import their ingredients that were previously unavailable in the United States. 

 

We were beyond inspired hearing of Zepeda’s story and had to know more. We were lucky to have Zepeda share with us her journey, her creative process, and the importance of sharing stories in beverage curation.

 

 

 

 

Her Journey

 

 

The Zepeda’s started in Santiago Ixcuintla Nayarit and by the time my father immigrated to Los Angeles in the 60s, my family moved to Guadalajara. As the only daughter (5 brothers) in a Mexican household, feeding the family and keeping the house affairs in order was my birth purpose, according to my father. 

My first core memory from my childhood is cleaning dry shrimp with him to make his favorite botana (snack) when we lived in Tijuana. A dried shrimp and habanero aguachile – a memory I unconsciously tap into regularly when making tweaks to a dish to balance the acidity, salinity, bitterness, and textures. 

 

 

After I was born, my family would load up our Lincoln Continental aka the “lancha” (speedboat), and take our annual road trip from Tijuana to Guadalajara, stopping at every beach down the Pacific along the three-day journey to eat. Through the years, once we got to Guadalajara I would assume my position at my aunt’s restaurant doing odd jobs that a 6-17-year-old kid could do. 

A combination of the beautiful attack of my senses by the kitchens and roadside palapas in the central and border region of Mexico helped form a hunger for creative and culinary stimulation that I didn’t fully embrace until my son James was born when I was 18. By the time I became a mother I realized two things: feeding and then watching people say “yum” when eating my food fed me in a way nothing else did. 

I, with the help of the fire that my son sparked in me, found myself applying to culinary school. Lasting a couple of semesters before being dismissed for lack of funds to cover tuition. Pivoting like I had become a pro at doing, I began looking for teachers and mentors in the industry. The last 22 years of my life in kitchens has given me some of my best and worst memories and life lessons that I am grateful for. From working as a pastry chef for 8 years to learning how to butcher and transitioning to the savory side of the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

Her Inspiration and Creative Process

 

 

 

In 2014, I took my first trip abroad. I left feeling defeated and like a live wire that was lost in a career that I didn’t seem to fit into. I came back with a vision of who I wanted to be in the world of hospitality. My connection to the divine feminine and ancestral Mexican warrior women has kept me on my true north and the destination was and continues to be Mexico, food and its women. I have traveled across my motherland over and over and each time I learn something new, I lock eyes with a new soul at the market who I feel called to know and ask her about her family and how she uses the new ingredients I run across. 

My creative process is a bit unorthodox; my passions lie between food, fashion, music, and art. Fashion, music, and art – like food – are ever-evolving, but like clockwork gives nods to trends of the past with a current fingerprint. 

 

 

I love spring collections because it reminds me of the produce to come, matching a hue on the runway with a vegetable and adding salt and acid to it has birthed my favorite aguachiles. Extra spicy and funky if said runway show is matched with a bit of punk rock and metal studs. It’s my purpose to show people through my plates that Mexican food is not bound by time nor ingredients. We are a cuisine of the world and what we know as Mexican cuisine is due to the hundreds of migrants who made Mexico home, shared ingredients with us, and we created a dish that married two worlds together – over a stack of tortillas. 

 

 

Her Beverage Curation

 

 

 

In 2018 when opening my restaurant in San Diego I made it a mission of mine to be as thoughtful in the beverage program as I was in the food. Enlisting the best of San Diego to curate such a vision – Christian Siglin on the bar and Molly Brooks on the wine list. The wine list is where I truly fell in love with curating experiences and sharing stories. The people I chose to have on my list were just as important as the wine in the bottle. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, generational biodynamic vineyards, all in all change makers. The power in our purchasing has the ability to give these families hope and every dollar helps keep their doors open. I find it exciting to find a new winemaker, like Christmas morning excited. 

 

 

Her Wine Selection

 

 

 

Molly has been helping me source the wines from around the world since. We sit, she tells me a brief on the winemaker, brand, and the varietal or blend we’ll taste. Keeping her [sommelier] terms like poker cards, she waits for me to be me haha, and starts connecting the dots with my food and ingredients. 

At first sip my pallet acclimates and the second sip gives me a sort of tick where I start naming things the wine reminds me of, and we laugh as she and I jot down what I am saying. “This reminds me of a frozen gansito while sitting on the porch because the house is stuffy,” or “the tamarindo con chile lollipop with the saladito embedded in the middle of it. The sugar from the pop mixing with the salt on your face from sweating while running around.” Like I mentioned before, unorthodox. 

 

I love bright wines, there are no rules in pairing that I follow. If I taste it and it tells me that it would work with a dish I am dreaming up, I’ll try it. The pairings that give my dishes that lace shawl it needed as the wind picked up at night, or the cooling magic on a hot summer day while people-watching in Rincon de Guayabitos, Nayarit. 

 

Whether that’s a McBride Sisters Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand 2021 served alongside octopus al pastor that was grilled over white oak and accompanied by a cilantro and purslane slaw, and burnt carrot and passion fruit puree to cure any winter blues and put you on a beach with every bite. Or a bold and lightly chilled Black Girl Magic Zinfandel California 2018 to pair with a smoked lamb shank barbacoa with charred pineapples and a sweet and spicy salsa borracha (drunken salsa that is spiked with the same wine) served with saucey rice and black beans and fresh tortillas. 

 

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Apart from being a culinary master, Zepeda’s mission is to help free Hispanic women from generational poverty in the United States – a goal that we’re here to help amplify. Stay tuned with Zepeda’s philanthropic activities on her Instagram and culinary adventures on the Netflix show Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend.

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Time Posted: Dec 2, 2022 at 11:01 AM Permalink to Holiday Your Way: Tis' the season with Claudette Zepeda Permalink
The McBride Sisters
 
October 17, 2022 | The McBride Sisters

Celebrating National Pasta Day!

Pasta lovers unite! It’s that time of the year when we come together to celebrate one of the world’s favorite foods – pasta. Whether you’re a fan of the corkscrew-shaped fusilli, or more inclined to a deliciously-stuffed ravioli, National Pasta Day has you covered. 

Pasta is not only a staple comfort food, it is also a great source of nutrients and is incredibly versatile, with over 600 different types. Pasta also pairs well with a wide range of wines, making it one of our favorite accompanying meals for any occasion. 

Falling on October 17th, one of the best ways to celebrate National Pasta Day is by preparing your favorite – or new – pasta recipes. So, we’ve put together a guide to the history of National Pasta Day, a few ideas on how to celebrate, and some delicious best pasta pairings with our wines so that you can indulge and enjoy pasta with a glass of wine. 

History of National Pasta Day

Italy may be the pasta nation of the world, but the origins of the first pasta are widely debated. Some sources claim that Marco Polo brought it back to Italy from China, while others claim that pre-Roman tribes invented an early type of pasta. While the exact origin remains unknown, pasta made its way to America through English colonists who came across it during their travels to Italy. 

National Pasta Day was formally established in 1995 as part of the World Pasta Congress, during which experts from all over the world came together to discuss the significance of pasta and the importance of spreading knowledge of its international reach. 

So, Which Pasta and Wine Pairing Should You Try?

There is no singular right answer here – each pasta and wine pairing serves a different occasion depending on your mood, company, and craving at the time. We say try them all.

 

The Classic 

This is a sophisticated pairing, a true classic. Our stunning Black Girl Magic Merlot has the perfect notes of dark cherry, vanilla, and warm cocoa to ease you into the cooler months. And what better pasta to consume with the luscious sweetness of our merlot than a rich homely tomato-based lasagne such as this one. Slip into your coziest clothing and indulge in true comfort at its finest. Our tip: Store a second tray in the freezer and another bottle in the cabinet as this will go fast.

 

The Spice 

 

Like our Black Girl Magic Zinfandel, you know when the occasion calls for a little spice to shake things up. Fresh plum and dried cherry meets crushed black pepper and spiced vanilla for a fruity elixir with a slightly fiery hint. We recommend enhancing the spice and pairing fire with fire by choosing a chili-based dish such as penne arrabiata – it will have you warmed up from the inside out.

 

The Experience 

With vanilla, fruity, and peppery notes our Black Girl Magic Red Blend takes you on the journey of a typical Merlot at first sip and closes with the spice of a Cabernet. It’s complex, full-bodied, and made to be enjoyed by all. To balance out the boldness pair with a creamy-tomato based pasta dish, such as this creamy tomato pasta with chickpeas.

 

The All-Rounder 

 

A true well-rounded wine, our McBride Sisters Collection Red Blend has character. With delicious cherry and plum notes that are complemented by a natural earthiness, this is the ideal wine to drink with any pasta dish such as this pesto ravioli with spinach and tomatoes.

 

 

National Pasta Day Activities

It’s no secret, pasta is adored by many. Did you know that Americans consume roughly 20 pounds of pasta per year? With that being said, celebrating National Pasta Day will be fun for everyone as it involves something we all love: eating pasta.

Throw a Pasta Tasting Party

What could be more fun than eating one type of pasta to celebrate National Pasta Day? Sampling a range of different pasta dishes! Tell all guests to prepare their favorite pasta dish and bring an accompanying wine. You can lay out each dish buffet-style with the paired wine next to it so that guests can sample different wines and pasta dishes together. 

Eat at your favorite Italian restaurant (and BYO wine)

If you’re not in the mood for cooking, reserve a spot at your favorite Italian restaurant, or the one you’ve been wanting to try. Whether you dine by yourself, or with a couple of friends, remember to bring your favorite bottle of McBride Sisters’ wine along with you.

However you decide to celebrate, join us as we indulge in a mouthwatering pairing of food and wine! Mangiamo – let’s eat!

Time Posted: Oct 17, 2022 at 12:00 AM Permalink to Celebrating National Pasta Day! Permalink
The McBride Sisters
 
October 12, 2022 | The McBride Sisters

Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Dońa Vega's Sonya Vega

 

Hispanic Heritage Month may be coming to an end, but we’re expanding the celebration beyond the month by continuing to share the diverse stories of female founders of Hispanic descent in the food and beverage industry. Next up in the series is Sonya Vega, founder of Doña Vega – an authentic, organic mezcal with a modern twist.

Sonya’s journey into mezcal began in 2011 when she was introduced to the smoky cousin of tequila at a friend’s wedding in Mexico She was immediately obsessed with the taste and wanted to find out more. As she noticed the spirit began to appear on drink menus more frequently, she had a vision of growth which further fueled her curiosity.

As Sonya continued her investigation into the world of mezcal, she began to explore her own Mexican heritage on a deeper level. During a trip to Oaxaca with her grandfather, she found out that his mother and aunt started a small business where they would resell items such as soap, sewing kits, and mezcal to make a profit and support the family. Discovering her family’s connection to mezcal was a sign that she was on the right path.

Three trips to Oaxaca, 22 farm visits, and over 70 recipes later, what started off as a passion project evolved into a full-time career for the entrepreneur. Sonya left behind her high-profile PR career of 17 years and officially launched Doña Vega in November 2019.

The process began in Santiago Matatlán, a small town outside of Oaxaca, where Doña Hortensia Hernández Martínez and her two daughters run La Curva – a farm that has been in the family for five generations. Handcrafted by a female mezcalera – an uncommon practice in the mezcal world – authenticity and representation lay the foundation for Doña Vega. 

Despite facing distribution challenges in the male-dominated alcohol industry, Sonya has kept persevering. Last year, her hard work was rewarded when Doña Vega Mezcal won a double gold medal at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Now, you can find Doña Vega stocked at a number of distinguished hotels and restaurants throughout the country. Sonya
believes that women can move mountains and hopes that she can inspire other women to join the industry and persist as she has.

(Instagram: @mezcaldonavega)

As a fearless female entrepreneur in the alcohol industry, Sonya is breaking barriers and rewriting the rules. We had to find out more about what inspires the founder and the unique journey that wine and spirits have taken her on. Read on for more.

Meet Sonya Vega

 

Tell us about your business and what inspired you to start.

In a past life, I ran a PR agency, launching and scaling new brands for a diverse set of clients. Eventually, I knew I wanted to do something of my own, and it was around that same time that I noticed mezcal was becoming a growing category. Being a mezcal lover and a businesswoman that embraces new challenges, I saw an opportunity to bring the two worlds together - my Mexican heritage and creative ability to launch a brand in a different space. I started Doña Vega as a passion project and as a way to share my love of mezcal with the world!

Where are your family's roots and how has that influenced your work now?

My grandparents are from Los Mochis, Mexico. They came from a small village, where everyone in their family had contributions to the household to make ends meet. This work ethic was passed down, and even more so instilled a drive in me.

What keeps you the most inspired in wine and spirits?

It’s the wins both big and small that keep me inspired, whether it be seeing our bottle on the back bar at a new place, or getting a nice message about our product on social media. Nothing, however, compares to the feeling of seeing someone’s face light up and perceptions change when they finally experience the unexpected taste of Doña Vega.


Where has wine taken you? Tell us about the most interesting wine and food experience. Who, What, Where, When?

Wine has taken me to discover new places, such as Napa and Bordeaux. A food & wine experience I recently recall was a picnic last fall in Aspen where we had the picture-perfect backdrop of the yellow fall leaves, a group of 10 good friends, and food prepared by a local chef. We enjoyed delicious food, fun conversation, and of course, good wine.

Which wine varieties or styles are most often on your table?

We seem to drink wine more so in the summer, and usually with Sancerre, Riesling, and Rose.

Do you have a favorite McBride Sisters Collection wine at the moment?

I'm currently loving the McBride Sisters Collection Sauvignon Blanc! It pairs beautifully with seafood.

 

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If you’re a mezcal virgin, Doña Vega Espadin is the ideal introduction to the mezcal world. Made from Espadín Capon – a higher grade Espadín which has been left to mature for 8-9 years, yielding a natural sweetness with undertones of dried fruits and hints of vanilla and cocoa – the final result is a mezcal with subtle smoke and a remarkably smooth white pepper finish. It’s exquisitely traditional, yet approachable, making it the perfect combination.

 

Time Posted: Oct 12, 2022 at 12:00 AM Permalink to Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Dońa Vega's Sonya Vega Permalink
The McBride Sisters
 
September 23, 2022 | The McBride Sisters

Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Agua Bonita’s Kayla Castañeda

 

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, an essential time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of the Hispanic community in the United States. As a female-founded company we are proud to highlight diverse stories of female founders of Hispanic heritage in the food and beverage industry. We’re kicking things off with Kayla Castañeda, founder of Agua Bonita – the first ready-to-drink aguas frescas

Meaning “beautiful water” in Spanish, Agua Bonita serves its namesake well. Containing 50% real fruit juice, still water, and no added sugar the juice and water blend is vibrant, refreshing, and beautifully bold. And let’s not forget about the flavors. From the more traditional agua de jamaica and pineapple cucumber to the contemporary mango habanero and watermelon chile – flavors that are inspired by culture – we love them all. 

The demand for an alternative to high-sugar, processed drinks is growing, even more so for those run by minority business owners. In September of 2020, Agua Bonita became the first-ever Latina-run beverage startup to raise more than $1 million in funding – just under a year after its launch. What a trailblazer. 

Coming from a family of Mexican migrant farm workers, Kayla grew up in the main valley of California where they grow 60% of the nation's produce. Her grandfather would often come home with extremely ripe fruit that he didn’t want to see wasted, so it would be made into delicious aguas frescas for her entire family. 

When Kayla lost her job mid-pandemic as a result of mass shutdowns, she embarked on a journey to create something that was reflective of her culture, her family, and her grandpa’s doctrine of never letting food go to waste. And Agua Bonita was born. 

(Instagram: @drinkaguabonita)

As a pioneer in the beverage industry, Kayla is standing out and carving her own path. We had to find out more about who inspired the founder, how she is rewriting her own rules, and what SHE CAN represents where she is in her career now. 

Meet Kayla Castañeda

Tell us about your business and what inspired you to start.

My family is what inspired me to start my business, specifically my grandpa. I wanted to create something that was reflective of my culture, myself and my family – when I took the time to consider the options against what consumers are looking for, aguas frescas fit the bill. Growing up, my grandpa would bring home ripe fruit from the fields for the family to enjoy and make aguas frescas, so I followed in his footsteps with Agua Bonita.

Who inspired you to break the rules or think beyond them as a woman in your industry? 

One person who inspired me to think beyond the rules and boundaries as a woman in business is Dany Garcia. She is such a powerhouse across industries and breaks glass ceilings everywhere she shows up. That's how I strive for my career and life to be – the best I can give, at whatever it is, every time.

In your space, what were / are the rules? How are you rewriting your own rules and defining yourself in this  space regardless of the status quo?    

In this space, there are a lot of antiquated processes of doing things – even as simple of a decision as putting non-carbonated drinks into cans like we do was seen as taboo. Or having cans that each have their own unique design. We are shedding those ways of doing things and building a company and product we want to see for all the right reasons.

Let’s play the name game! Name a SHE CAN wine cocktail right now that represents where you are at in your work right now? What would be the ingredients in your cocktail using She Can Wines as the base? 

The Fresh White x Pineapple cucumber cocktail is where I'm at in my work right now. Fresh, cool, but still a bit of spice coming at you.

What’s your favorite SHE CAN flavor?

My favorite SHE CAN wine flavor right now is Coastal Berry! It feels perfect for that transition from late summer into early fall.

With 1% of every Agua Bonita purchase going toward helping migrant farmworkers via non-profits, the company using rescued produce where possible, and the cans being made from recyclable aluminum, Agua Bonita is the mission-driven, planet-friendly elixir you can feel good about – inside and out.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we've teamed up with Kayla and the Agua Bonita team and first generation, Mexican-American mixologist, Adilenny Becerra, to craft 4 cocktails to help you celebrate all month long!

Meet the Mixologist

Adilenny Becerra, is a first generation Mexican-American located in Salinas, California, along the Central Coast of California. Her mother is from Michoacán, Mexico and her father from Guanajuato, Mexico. Through culinary, food, and wine, she has been able to express her love for her culture and heritage and is constatnly learning about new ingredients through her mother who works as a chef. She works with her family to create beautifully crafted wine and tequila cocktails at their resteraunt, Villa Azteca, where they specialize in traditional mexican food with an innovative twist. 

(Instagram: @_adilenny, @villa_azteca)

 

Time Posted: Sep 23, 2022 at 9:00 AM Permalink to Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Agua Bonita’s Kayla Castañeda Permalink
Andréa McBride
 
April 6, 2022 | Andréa McBride

Where Will Wine Take You? Our Newest Wines from the Most Southern Winegrowing Region in the World - Aotearoa New Zealand!

We're bringing you something new that has a piece of home beneath the label. With the release of our McBride Sisters Collection New Zealand Reserve Wines, we are showcasing a true expression of the Central Otago region. Robin and I are thrilled to share our latest releases - artisanal and limited production wines from prestigious vineyards in the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand:


McBride Sisters Collection New Zealand Reserve Wines

Both wines from Aotearoa New Zealand are dedicated to humanity’s deep connection to Papatūānuku Mother Earth. We wanted to honor nature’s influence in the Pinot Noir and Gamay, along with our quest to rebel against status quo culture.  

The Region

The Central Otago wine growing region overloads the senses with its sparkling turquoise lakes, fast-flowing rivers, steep canyons, rainforest and perfectly snow-capped mountains. Wildflowers populate the landscape adding vivid color and vibrancy amid the rocky browns and soft greens of the sweeping landscape.

McBride Sisters Collection New Zealand Reserve Wines - Central Otago Aotearoa New Zealand

Situated on the 45th latitude South, Central Otago is the geographic counterpart to the world’s top Pinot Noir regions: Burgundy and Oregon.

The Southern Alps’ Main Divide mountain range protects the region from rain so grapevines are forced to grow deep into the mineral-rich soils, while snowfall on the surrounding mountains helps to moderate the climate. 

However, the area’s extreme temperature shifts allow the grapes to ripen in warm sunshine while the cold nights seal in varietal character, fruit intensity, color and acidity. Most visitors choose to hike, bike or drive RVs around the area to best experience the powerful landscape. (And of course partake in the most amazing wine and food culture.) 

Behind the Label - Reserve Pinot Noir “Papatūānuku” 2019 

New Zealand is not only a fantastic place to visit, it’s my childhood home.

After landing in Aotearoa New Zealand at age six, I split time between my mum’s farming family in Blenheim, Marlborough and my Māori foster family in West Auckland. My childhood experiences ranged from planting Sauvignon Blanc vineyards to gathering at the family Marae (Sacred Meeting House) in the Bay of Plenty. Māori people have strong spiritual bonds to the environment, and believe that Papatūānuku (Mother Earth) sustains all life.

McBride Sisters Collection New Zealand Reserves Pinot Noir

Our thoughtful crafting of the McBride Sisters Collection Reserve Pinot Noir pays homage to this bond and interconnectedness between humanity, environment and the wine.

The Reserve Pinot Noir grapes were hand harvested from vineyards in the Bannockburn, Gibbston and Pisa sub-regions of Central Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand.

Ripe aromas of cherry, strawberry and plum pair with notes of sandalwood, brown sugar and baking spice. This Pinot Noir is medium-bodied with velvety tannins and flavors of black cherry, violet and red fruits. Subtle minerality balances the fruit on the palate, making it an outstanding example of elegant, delicious, Pinot Noir. 

THIS IS A LIMITED EDITION; ONLY 223 CASES OF MCBRIDE SISTERS COLLECTION RESERVE PINOT NOIR “PAPATŪĀNUKU” 2019 WERE PRODUCED.

Behind the Label - Reserve Gamay "Rebels" 2020 

Of the tens of millions of sheep in New Zealand, very few are black. Culturally, black sheep are usually marching to the beat of their own drum. When Robin and I started out in the wine industry, we saw the business differently than most people and decided to do things our way, the McBride Sisters way.

McBride Sisters Collection New Zealand Reserves Gamay

From the beginning, we rebelled against the status quo of “how the industry works” and ultimately, found success by breaking the rules. Central Otago is not known for growing or making Gamay - it represents less than 1% of the wine produced in the region. This McBride Sisters Collection Reserve Gamay is an ode to the rebels who see things differently…

The Reserve Gamay grapes were hand harvested from a single vineyard in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand. Gorgeous, fresh aromas of candied strawberry, pomegranate and raspberry jump out of the glass, followed by delicate notes of violet and lavender. A vibrant, dry wine with lingering raspberry and strawberry on the palate, this complex expression of Gamay has a savory, long finish enhanced by unique black pepper spice and a fruit forward core.

THIS IS A LIMITED EDITION; ONLY 28 CASES OF MCBRIDE SISTERS COLLECTION RESERVE GAMAY "REBELS" 2020 WERE PRODUCED.         

Join us and take a sip of what Central Otago has to offer...

- Andréa McBride John


 

Time Posted: Apr 6, 2022 at 3:27 PM Permalink to Where Will Wine Take You? Our Newest Wines from the Most Southern Winegrowing Region in the World - Aotearoa New Zealand! Permalink
The McBride Sisters
 
March 31, 2022 | The McBride Sisters

Changing the Game for Dance Creatives : A Q&A with the Talented Taja Riley

For Taja Riley (she/he/they), Black Girl Magic isn’t just a trend phrase, it’s the style of their life. The talented dancer artist-athlete successfully spearheaded a movement (on behalf of as many as 400 performers!) to ensure that all dancers for the halftime show of football’s biggest game of the year got fully compensated for their time and energy. [Source: Dance Magazine] Inspired by music that embodies a feminine essence, Taja believes the people they need closest to them are the ones that directly align with their values.

We’re raising a glass of Black Girl Magic Sparkling Brut to celebrate Women’s History Month with this incredibly talented artist who is pursuing a better future “where dancers are valued and the dance community as a whole is elevated.” 


Dress : @openingceremony

Tell us about your business and what inspired you to start.

My Business is people, and using my movement to connect to/with/for them. God made me realize why I have these gifts, and it forever inspires me that he trusted me enough with the responsibility of being here for the reasons I am. I’m inspired by the fact that I get to uncover more and more of that full picture. Some call my business by the words of “advocacy”, or “Entertainment”, but I try to widen the net when I’m asked because I don’t want to limit my capabilities to expand on what I hope my business here will bring me, which is a meaningful legacy. 

Who inspired you to break the rules or think beyond them as women in your industry? 

Ah. Easy. Mom. Sisters. The most powerful mentors in my life, are in my blood. IYKYK

I am so geeked up that I get to love on these women, and keep them close to me as examples. Besides them as the top shelf, I find myself inspired by music that embodies a feminine essence. They may not always be women, but the spirit guides me to believe in the empowering building blocks in musical sequences, that add extra hip to my walk, or depth in my tone, more groundedness in the way I make my daily choices. I think you can tell a lot about the type of power a woman has by her music taste. As for rules, I think my mom would affirm that I’ve been hard headed since I came out the womb. 


Custom Dress: Cameron Willie
Headdress: Gifted custom piece

How does your sisterhood - friends, family, and colleagues - support you personally and professionally? 

To expand on previous sentiments, I’m totally in transition right now in learning what kind of support I need personally and professionally. I set some boundaries earlier this year and had to keep it real with a lot of friends that weren’t supporting me in the way that I felt would be beneficial — not really for myself, but more so for the way I want to and choose to serve my community. I understood last year (towards the end) that some of the things I tackle have been trying on the body, mind, and soul. At the end of a day combined with Advocacy, Career Developments, and my Mental health balance, the people I need closest to me are the ones that directly align with my values. They don’t need to agree with what I do or how I do it, but they need to have a voice to speak up on whatever it is that will be productive in the growth of continuing my journey.

Support for me is keeping it real, and doing it with style. Support is praying with me, and praying for me. support is loving me til I’m me again. Support is being someone I can look to for inspiration, empowerment, and insight through the experience you're having because you doin’ the thug thizzle in your corner of the world. I noticed how sensitive I was to that after the harder days and how keeping this kind of company now has made a huge difference for my spiritual fuel, and my emotional well-being. Spiritual stamina is a thing, and I’m tryna skate this advocacy pavement like sha’carri Richardson. 

What does Black Girl Magic mean to you? 

It means so many things. I think that hearing that phrase is equal to the smell of my grand mom’s soul food. Hearing that phrase takes me to a montage filled of visual poetry, slow swaying hips, bright dimpled smiles, Sunday school double Dutch hearts, tree swings. It makes me think of riding in the back of my moms car after a competition weekend, listening to Jill Scott, Mary Mary, India.arie. Musical performances with my sisters on holidays.

Black Girl Magic isn’t just a trend phrase, it’s the Style of my life. It’s the curation of my roots. It’s the respectful nod to all the sisters that are and we’re before me. I feel proud and honored to possess it, and I am happy to continue presenting and spreading that type of matter everyday. Black girl magic is the black girl's inner anthem, affirming how tall and powerful our essence stands. As an individual + as a collective group/class of black spiritual warriors.

Taja Riley
Shoes: @louisvuitton
Bodytard: @dollskill

What goals would you like to achieve this year to advance yourself and your business?

Dang. I am sooo ambitious, but building Rome in a day for my dance industry, too much to ask? Hahaha.

Truly it would be amazing to finish out the year feeling that everyone is involved + active in the discussion to rectify the current inequitable treatment for dance creatives. Since I’m only in control of me, I hope that I can remain consistent with growing in my journey to serve my dance community in every aspect of the Entertainment mountain: directing, supervising, educating, motivating through speech, modeling as an example, using my gifts to perform in all creative mediums, and becoming an experienced or knowledgeable mother in the ideas birthed or implanted in my mind, heart, soul, and brought to life through my work.

No pressure lol.

What’s your favorite Black Girl Magic Wine?

Definitely saved the hardest question for last. I see you.

Favorite Black Girl Magic Wine: might have to go with that Black Girl Magic Sparkling Brut, which is crazy because I’m more of a UB40 song. I guess I’m evolving? 

Photo Credits:
Creative Direction: taja Riley @tajariley
Photo: Lee GUMBS @leegumbs.photography
Bts Videography : Sevyn Eutsler @sevyn9000
Hair : Lucy Romero @braidqueenla
Makeup : Draco @drvco

Time Posted: Mar 31, 2022 at 9:25 AM Permalink to Changing the Game for Dance Creatives : A Q&A with the Talented Taja Riley Permalink
The McBride Sisters
 
March 22, 2022 | The McBride Sisters

Cultivating a Thriving Community of Brilliant Women

Did you know in 2020, women accounted for nearly 41% of all gamers in the United States? [Forbes] Female gamers are on the rise and building authentically inclusive communities. Some of the incredibly passionate, nerdy women behind this charge are the founders of the*gameHERs!

The*gameHERs is a women-led community dedicated to amplifying and centering the voices of women and femme identifying gamers. Founded by Laura Deutsch, Rebecca Dixon, Verta Maloney, and Heather Ouida in March 2020, they set out to amplify and center the voices of women and femme-identifying gamers today and every day. 

They created a sexist-free space for the casual players, the hardcore gamers, the techies, the streamers, the designers, the cosplayers, the developers, and programmers. We’re raising a glass to these rulebreakers and game changers for Women’s History Month! Learn more about their mission to become a household name in the gaming community.

*the gameHERs

Tell us about your business and what inspired you to start:

We were inspired to launch the*gameHERs because women and femme-identifying gamers are quite simply brilliant & so underrepresented in the gaming industry. We wanted to be a part of changing that & making sure women and femme-identifying gamers were celebrated, amplified, making money, and having fun!

It really hit home when two of our founders attended a conference about the future of the esports industry and they were among a handful of women in the room. A few cocktails and strategy sessions later, we decided that through a combination of our previous community-building experiences and an awareness of the need for representation in esports and gaming, our company was needed. 

Since the*gameHERs officially launched in March of 2020, we have cultivated a thriving community that can be accessed in a variety of ways; from our social channels, our streaming content, our collegiate division, our annual Awards Show, and our very own app which launched in late 2021. 

Who inspired you to break the rules or think beyond them as women in your industry? 

Our inspiration to break the rules comes from so many places, starting with our mothers. We want to share the women that inspired our logo design because they were badasses & broke all the right rules. 

the *gameHERs logo

The * in our logo honors Q*bert:

Doris Self: First Female and the World's Oldest Competitive Gamer. At the age of 58, Doris Self was one of the first female competitive gamers when she entered the 1983 Video Game Masters Tournament and broke the world high score record for Q*Bert with 1,112,300 points. Although her score was beaten a few years later, Self continued to work towards conquering Q*Bert. Self was featured in the documentary “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters”, when Pac-Man world champion Billy Mitchell presented her with a Q*Bert arcade machine, spurring the then 79-year-old Self to start competing again. Tragically, in 2006, at the age of 81, Self passed away from injuries she received in a car accident. Although she is no longer in the game, her legacy will last in the annals of classic competitive gaming.

The yellow-redish lines in our logo honor the Vintage packaging in Centipede:

Determined to break into the game-making biz, Dona Bailey accepted a position as an engineer at Atari in 1980. Carol Shaw had already left for Activision, so Bailey was the only female game designer at the company. While there, she co-created and designed, along with Ed Logg, the classic arcade hit, Centipede. After its release to instant success, Bailey disappeared from the video game industry only to resurface 26 years later as a keynote speaker at the 2007 Women in Games Conference. Bailey revealed it was the pressure and criticism from her male counterparts that drove her from the business. Today, Bailey encourages women to pursue careers in games. She works as a college instructor teaching numerous courses, among them game design.

3 colors side-by-side honor the vintage packaging in River Raid and orange/yellow colors/font in PONG (from Atari 2600):

Computer programmer Carol Shaw is best known for her work at Activision with the retro hit River Raid, but years before, Shaw had already made a name for herself in the history of video games. In 1978, she was the first woman to program and design a video game, 3D Tic-Tac-Toe for the Atari 2600. In 1983, the final game that Shaw completely programmed and designed herself, Happy Trails, released just as the video game market crashed. With the industry in shambles, Shaw took a break from making games but returned in 1988 to oversee the production of River Raid II, her final swan song in the world of console gaming. Shaw and her husband Ralph Merkle, a specialist in the fields of cryptography and nanotechnology, are retired.

How does your sisterhood - friends, family, and colleagues - support you personally and professionally? 

First and foremost we want to shout out and raise a SHE CAN to the amazing women that work at the*gameHERs. We are so grateful to have a diverse, strong team working at the*gameHERs … that also happens to be over 90% women. The respect, kindness, and support they show each other makes every meeting, Zoom call, and event so supportive and positive, it's really one of the best parts of building the business.

As a company, we are also so fortunate to have a trusted group of women on our advisory board who come from inside and outside the industry and provide guidance, feedback, and support.  

Verta: My sisterhood is my best friend and business partner Naa, my daughter, Simone, my beautiful mother, Wannetta and my twin sister, Juanita. They are literally the village that makes it possible for me to be out in the world doing the things I love. They keep me laughing and they keep me honest and most importantly they believe in me.

What does women empowerment mean to you in 2022?

For us at the*gameHERs women empowerment means:

  • amplifying and centering the voices of women and femme-identifying gamers today and every day. 
  • creating safe and sexist-free space for the casual players, the hardcore gamers, the techies, the streamers, the designers, the cosplayers, the developers, the programmers, and all women in the industry. 
  • advancing the role, voice, image, and power of all the*gameHERs in the gaming world. 
  • collaborating with anyone who believes what we believe because there is space for all of us to be great. 

What goals would you like to achieve this year to advance yourself and your business?

This year we want to meet as many of our community members as possible. We want to grow and expand our community in the United States and globally. We want to become a household name because everyone is a gamer and/or has a gamer in their lives that they love. We want to be the go-to place for elevating, amplifying, and honoring women and all the*gameHERs in the world. 

What’s your favorite SHE CAN flavor?

SHE CAN Island Citrus is a favorite because as Verta’s Caribbean family would often say ... “I was processed in the islands and manufactured in the states.”

 

Time Posted: Mar 22, 2022 at 7:28 AM Permalink to Cultivating a Thriving Community of Brilliant Women Permalink
The McBride Sisters
 
March 14, 2022 | The McBride Sisters

Sparking Drive & Encouraging Confidence in Women - Meet the LiCi Fit Team

When you feel good, you look good! The women behind the athleisure brand, LiCi Fit are on a mission to encourage self confidence. Personal trainers Liz and Cinee were inspired to create LiCi Fit due to the lack of flattering gym wear for all sizes in the fitness industry.

LiCi Fit is more than just an activewear brand - it’s a chance to help women around the world feel comfortable in their own skin while they work hard to achieve their goals.

"We think it's time to be unapologetic about our curves and flaunt what your mama gave you!” Raise a glass to these rulebreakers to celebrate Women's History Month and learn more about how they're challenging the status quo.

LiCi Fit Founders and SHE CAN Wines

Tell us about your business and what inspired you to start. 

LiCi Fit is a fitness and lifestyle brand designed to encourage self confidence and spark drive in women who aren’t afraid to stand out. It started as a passion project for us and a desire to create something fun together. In 2017, being personal trainers and heavily involved in the fitness industry here in LA, we felt like the options for women’s fitness wear were missing something. We loved matching sets, and would search far and wide for the cutest fits with bright patterns. The problem we ran into was finding gym attire that had a fun and different look with a flattering fit to hug the curves we work so hard in the gym for. We were spending hundreds of dollars on other athletic brands, only to have them tailored to fit properly! Our frustration turned into inspiration to create our own brand to provide women with the kind of athleisure wear we would want to rock in and out of the gym. 

We pride ourselves on creating styles for all body types, but our Scrunch Leggings and shorts are what we're known for. Let's be real, it's 2022 and it's all about the booty. Big or small, round or flat, all booties matter and the scrunch design is going to make you give yourself a double take in the mirror! The design process came from that same desire to feel sexy and stand out when working out. We wanted that extra little motivation and encouragement. When you feel good, you look good! Women all around the world are loving the confidence they get when they put on their LiCi. We think it's time to be unapologetic about our curves and flaunt what your mama gave you! 

Who inspired you to break the rules or think beyond them as women in your industry?

We both come from strong willed, independent women. Our moms definitely raised us to break the rules if it meant standing up for what is right and making our dreams come true. We are just two young women really building from the ground up, trusting our instincts and the journey. When we met we instantly got along and have been attached at the hip ever since. Despite so many people saying "Don't start a business with your best friend," we beat the odds and started LiCi. We challenge the status quo daily and it pushes us to learn and sharpen our skills in communication, patience and respect for each other. We hope to keep growing and inspiring women to break the rules don’t take no for an answer! One of Cinee’s favorite quotes is “closed mouths don’t get fed”- a common theme we’ve instilled in our team and all live by.

LiCi Fit Founders and SHE CAN Wines
 

How does your sisterhood - friends, family, and colleagues - support you personally and professionally? 

Our team really is like a family. We have grown a sisterhood and bond where we can be ourselves, support each other, and have fun while working hard. A lot of our girls come from very toxic work environments. We wanted to create a space we would want to come to work in. To have found a group of women who love LiCi as much as us is a dream come true. These women are the heartbeat of LiCi. We ride together through the ups and the downs personally and professionally. We even work with a life coach who meets with our team monthly for extra support in communication and team building. 

What does women empowerment mean to you in 2022? 

When we started LiCi, we thought we were just making sports bras and leggings. Now we know we’re doing so much more than that. We have brought together a community of women that RIDE for LiCi and we couldn’t be more proud. Outside of our LiCi community, we are always looking for other women-owned brands to partner with and uplift any way we can. We understand how hard it is to start a business as a woman and love to offer advice and share our experiences in hopes that it might give them the confidence to go after their dreams. If we can do it, so can you! 

In the past year we’ve put a lot of energy into different events to bring women in our community together. We’ve hosted boot camps, hikes, and empowerment circles where women can be open and heal. We want the community of women we’re bringing together to feel like they are a part of something special. It’s important to us to hold a space where women can be themselves and love themselves fully. These women are more than friends, they’re family. We hope to leave a mark not only as a clothing brand, but a movement of strong, independent, fearless women. 

What goals would you like to achieve this year to advance yourself and your business?

One of our main goals moving into this year is humanizing the brand. We are known for our glamorous shoots and bright prints, but at the end of the day we are just normal girls who have many facets and flaws too! We are on a mission to instill confidence in women all over the world by being unapologetically themselves. We’re learning daily how to be vulnerable and share the good and bad days, to show other women that perfection is a beauty standard we can leave behind. We hope to change the way women view themselves, to know their worth and beauty beyond the exterior. 

What’s your favorite SHE CAN Wines flavor?

SHE CAN Wines Fresh White for sure!

 

Time Posted: Mar 14, 2022 at 10:31 AM Permalink to Sparking Drive & Encouraging Confidence in Women - Meet the LiCi Fit Team Permalink
The McBride Sisters
 
March 10, 2022 | The McBride Sisters

Celebrating Black Hair and Culture: Amplifying the Message of Self Love

For Women’s History Month, we’re raising a glass to the rulebreakers. We’re celebrating sisterhood in March with gratitude and appreciation for the visionaries, innovators, entrepreneurs, mentors & advocates who are changing the world. 

Make way for the #1 Black owned selfie museum, The Black Hair Experience ! Combining pop-up art and a series of Instagrammable spaces, The Black Hair Experience pairs the nostalgic moments of Black culture with affirmations of self love. The exhibits can be found in major cities across the U.S. - Atlanta, DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia region) and Los Angeles, with locations coming soon to Austin, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia and Charlotte.

Inspired by two friends who both share a love and appreciation of Black hair, founders Alisha Brooks and Elizabeth Austin-Davis joined forces to create an exhibit dedicated to celebrating Black communities. For our Women’s History Month Q&A, they discuss their inspirations and what women empowerment means to them in 2022.

The Black Hair Experience

Tell us about your business and what inspired you to start.

The Black Hair Experience is an interactive selfie exhibit created to celebrate Black hair and culture. As Black women, it is and was important for us to create a space that celebrated our beauty and further the message that all Black hair is beautiful no matter how you choose to wear it. 

Who inspired you to break the rules or think beyond them as women in your industry? 

Honestly, we inspire each other. We are constantly pushing each other and challenging ourselves to think outside the box. We are both creatives in two different lanes but our skills complement each other. We are always amazed at what ideas the other person comes up with. 

How does your sisterhood - friends, family, and colleagues - support you personally and professionally? 

Being friends first and business partners second is our secret sauce. We really understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We also understand when the other person needs a break. Our spouses and friends have been our rocks! They have been supportive since The Black Hair Experience was just a dream. From putting in the physical labor to just providing a listening ear when we hit a wall, our community really exemplifies the saying “it takes a village.” 

What does women empowerment mean to you in 2022?

Women empowerment in 2022 looks like showing up for one another publicly and privately. It means using your voice and platform to provide opportunities for other women and making space for their ideas. Women empowerment looks like lifting as you climb. 

The Black Hair Experience

What goals would you like to achieve this year to advance yourself and your business?

We want to amplify the message of self-love and that all Black hair is beautiful. We want to do that through community outreach initiatives, our We Care workshops, and getting The Black Hair Experience in front of as many people as possible.  

What’s your favorite Black Girl Magic Wine varietal?

We are both in agreement on this one! The Black Girl Magic Riesling and the Black Girl Magic Rosé for sure! 

 

Time Posted: Mar 10, 2022 at 10:29 AM Permalink to Celebrating Black Hair and Culture: Amplifying the Message of Self Love Permalink
Andréa McBride
 
February 8, 2022 | Andréa McBride

Sunday Brunch is the New Sunday Dinner

Brunch on Sunday is a weekly ritual. We gather with family and friends to wine down, reconnect, laugh, and always eat really good food. Check out some delish food pairings from our girl Alex Hill [@justaddhotsauce] and our wine cocktail recipes featuring McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Wines + Grand Marnier. Get ready to level up your wine and food game!

xoxo
Robin & Andréa


Wine & Food Pairings by Alex Hill

Crab Pimento Cheese Dip 
Pair with McBride Sisters Collection Central Coast California Chardonnay

Ingredients

  • 8oz sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated 
  • 1 small shallot, chopped 
  • 1 cup jumbo lump crab meat 
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened 
  • 1/2 cup mayo (I love Dukes Mayo)
  • 1, 4oz small jar pimentos, drained 
  • A teaspoon of dijon mustard 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of old bay 
  • Green onions for garnish 
  • Kosher salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350.
  • Combine all ingredients together and bake in an oven safe skillet until bubbly and garnish with green onions!

Cardamom French Toast Bake 
Pair with McBride Sisters Collection Hawke’s Bay New Zealand Sparkling Brut Rosé

Ingredients

  • 1 challah bread, cut into ¼ inch thick pieces (day old so just leave it on your counter uncovered overnight)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream 
  • 5 eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg 
  • ¼  teaspoon cardamom 
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar 
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • A good pinch of kosher salt 
  • Brown Sugar Crumble 
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar 
  • ½ cup of all purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter 

Macerated Berries 

  • ½ cup raspberries 
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup blackberries 
  • ½ lemon, freshly juiced
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar 
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • Maple syrup & whipped cream for serving 

Directions 

  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl except the challah bread. 
  • Once the heavy cream, spices and eggs are combined, pour over the challah and make sure all the bread is soaked. 
  • Cover and put in the refrigerator for at least 3-6 hours in an oven safe casserole dish or cast iron. 
  • Prepare the brown sugar crumble and spoon over the french toast bake.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 and let cook for 45 minutes to an hour. 
  • While the bake is cooking, prepare the macerated berries. Let sit for at least an hour before serving so the juices for the berries release!
  • Serve hot with berries on top, whipped cream & maple syrup!

Spicy + Sticky Tamarind BBQ Wings
Pair with McBride Sisters Collection Central Coast California Red Blend 

 

Ingredients

  • 1lb chicken wings (seasoned to your liking)
  • 1 cup ketchup 
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard 
  • ½ cup tamarind concentrate or tamarind pulp (note below)
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar (or more)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced or grated 
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger 
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • a couple of dashes of hot sauce (prob ½ teaspoon)
  • 1/4 cup or more of apple cider vinegar (depending how tangy you want, you may want to add more)
  • salt & pepper to taste 
  • 1 habanero or scotch bonnet pepper 

Directions 

*Note: if you have a tamarind pulp which is my fave to use, scoop out about ½ cup worth of the pulp and add about a cup of water in a pan. Place the pulp in the pan and turn the heat on medium high heat. Let the pulp dissolve into the water. What will be left is the seeds and pulp. With a fine mesh sifter, pour the tamarind syrup into a measuring cup and boom you have tamarind concentrate!

*Note: I fried these in my air fryer and I was not a believer in the air fryer but this thing is a must have! It’s quick, no fuss, just stick them in and let it do its thing for 30 minutes (after 15 I flip them over). If you don’t have one, you can either fry these in small batches of vegetable oil for about 10 minutes or bake them in the oven on 375 for about 35-40 minutes. Turn them over to crisp after 15-20 minutes. 

  • CLEAN YOUR CHICKEN! Rinse with water and I clean mine with white vinegar then rinse again. Season the chicken to your liking. I generously used salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder & garlic powder. I like to at least let the chicken marinade for 2 hours.
  • In a saucepan on medium heat add everything in there except the apple cider vinegar, habanero pepper and wait to season with salt and pepper. 
  • Bring your sauce to a gentle simmer for about 20 minutes. Once it starts to simmer add the habanero pepper and season with salt & pepper. The sauce will start to thicken up and reduce. If you can coat the back of the spoon your sauce is at its desired thickness. 
  • Add the apple cider vinegar. I would say adjust the tangy-ness to your palette. I love a tangy bbq sauce so I always go heavy on the ACV but if you like a rich sweet bbq sauce use less then ¼ cup ACV.
  • Let the ACV incorporate for another 5-8 minutes then taste your sauce again for desired seasoning. 
  • Fry your chicken according to the note above and pour the sauce all over the piping hot chicken in a bowl and ENJOY!

Truffle Hot Sauce Sliders with Homemade Ranch
Pair with McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Bubbly Riesling Can

 

Tools

  • Dutch oven
  • Wire rack
  • Bowls to marinate
  • Tongs
  • Meat/oil thermometer

Ingredients

  • Sweet Hawaiian slider buns
  • 1 full bottle of vegetable or canola oil, any neutral high heat cooking oil (enough to deep fry the chicken)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (this will get the chicken extra crispy)
  • Reserved everyday seasoning
  • Marinade
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs (cut up into bite size pieces to fit the slider buns)
  • Note: 1 lb makes about 5 sliders
  • 2 cups buttermilk (full fat)
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite everyday seasoning (this should include sweet or smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt & pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • About 1/3 cup of your favorite hot sauce (I used Truff hot sauce. A hot sauce infused with light truffle)

Directions

  • Season chicken with salt, pepper, everyday seasoning & hot sauce in a large bowl. Add buttermilk and let it marinate in the fridge for 24-48 hours.

Ranch Dressing

  • 1 cup mayo (I love Duke’s Mayo)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped chives
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • Less than 1/3 cup buttermilk (full fat)
  • Kosher salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients together, let it sit in the fridge for one hour to let the flavors come together. Taste to adjust seasoning like more salt or squeeze the other half of the lemon.

Truff Hot Sauce

  • 1 cup of Truff Hot sauce or your favorite
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Directions

  • Combine all together in a sauce pan on low heat until butter melts and well combined

Frying the Chicken

TIP! Bring the chicken to room temperature before frying. Take it out the fridge for at least 30 minutes. It is key to fry chicken at room temp so the oil’s temp is still hot. If you fry cold chicken the oil’s temp will drop.

  • In a bowl, combine flour, cornstarch & reserved everyday seasoning (eyeball it, season with your heart!)
  • Take the chicken from the buttermilk marinade, dip the chicken thighs in the flour, get the flour on all sides & then sit on a wire rack.  Repeat steps for the rest of the chicken. I like to leave it for like 10 minutes so the batter really sticks!
  • In a deep pot, bring oil to 350. Only add about 2 pieces of chicken into the oil so the temp doesn’t drop. Deep fry for about 4 minutes each until golden brown until chicken reaches 165 degrees with your meat thermometer. Place the fried chicken on the wire rack to let excess oil drip.
  • Place chicken on the slider bun, pour over truff sauce or whatever buffalo sauce & lots of ranch!
  • ENJOY (with lots of ranch & hot sauce dripping down your hands, lol)

Wine Cocktails

Sisters Grand Sangria Rosé


Ingredients

Method

  • Pour all the ingredients in a 2 L pitcher and stir.
  • Garnish with raspberries and strawberries.

Black Girl Magic Riesling Rouge

Ingredients⠀

Method

  • Pour all the ingredients in a 2L pitcher and stir.
  • Garnish with grapefruit slices.
Time Posted: Feb 8, 2022 at 9:11 AM Permalink to Sunday Brunch is the New Sunday Dinner Permalink
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