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Robin McBride
 
May 24, 2019 | Robin McBride

Chardonnay-A-Day

Chardonnay-A-Day

Chardonnay’s adaptability to a range of climates allows it to flourish in almost every wine region in the world. This makes it an international grape variety! Originating from Burgundy in eastern France, the Chardonnay grape is neutral in flavor, so it gets its kick from the fermentation process.

Celebrate International Chardonnay Day in McBride Sisters fashion! Follow these easy steps to guarantee a fun-filled evening.

Put your fave artist on blast. We love us some Ciara, new and old! Girl Gang (feat. Kelly Rowland) is golden.

  1. Crack a bottle of McBride Sisters Collection 2017 Chardonnay. Chilled, crisp wine is a great post-work way to wind down. Ask anyone.
  2. Throw together Chef Mark’s Butter Lemon Pepper Cornish Hens (see recipe below) for a gorgeously simple dinner that pairs well with our 2017 Chardonnay.
  3. Jam out while the hens roast!

Just What the Doctor Ordered

The McBride Sisters Collection 2017 Chardonnay reigns from the Central Coast of California. We classify all of our wines, including our Chardonnay, of being an old world style with new world finesse. Our 2017 Chardonnay is full of fresh, fruit-driven aromas. Ripe pear merges with crisp apple, pineapple, and zesty citrus fruit to dance on the tongue. When people hear “Chardonnay,” they tend to associate it with a buttery, heavy flavor. Ours, however, has a balanced creamy mid-palate. This has nothing to do with the grape itself and everything to do with the winemaker’s style choices—sense the McBride flare?

Get to Know the Process

Like for each of our wines, time and care went into every step of the bottling process. Chardonnay clusters were tightly pressed then moved to a settling tank, where they remained for 24 hours. Afterwards, the juice was racked to tank or barrel where fermentation commences. For added depth and complexity, 15% of the wine was barrel fermented to create the classic Chardonnay texture and very subtle oak notes. To conserve fresh and crisp fruit notes, the balance of the wine (85%) was fermented in stainless steel. Uniquely, only 75% of the wine was put through Malolactic fermentation (where the creamy texture comes from). Following 8 months of aging, the wine was blended before being filtered and bottled.

As we like to say, a glass of Chardonnay a day keeps the doctor away!


Chef Mark’s Butter Lemon Pepper Cornish Hens

Chef Mark’s Butter Lemon Pepper Cornish Hens

Serves: 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Cornish game hens patted dry with paper towels
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter (room temperature)
  • 3 large cloves garlic, peeled & chopped
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (keep 3 halves of lemons to stuff in hens)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup McBride Sisters Chardonnay
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Pat the hens dry with a paper towel.
  3. Mix the butter, garlic, lemon juice, pepper, and salt (set aside).
  4. Use your index finger to loosen the skin on the top of the hen and slip the lemon pepper butter under the skin on top of each breast. Repeat for each hen. Put a quarter of a lemon in the cavity of each hen. Truss the hens by tying the wings and legs.
  5. Rub each hen with the remaining lemon pepper butter. Sprinkle extra salt and pepper on the skin then drizzle with olive oil. Place the hens on the rack of a roasting pan lined with aluminum foil, spacing them out so they are far apart from each other. This will enable their skins to get browned and crispy.
  6. Place the hens in the preheated oven and roast for 25 minutes.
  7. While the hens are roasting, combine the chicken broth and wine in a bowl.
  8. After the hens have been roasting for 25 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.  Pour the broth/wine mixture over the hens and continue to roast for 30 minutes, basting the hens with the juices at the bottom of the pan every 10 minutes or less. The hens are done when internal temperature reaches 165°F and the juices run clear. If you prefer darker skins, turn up the temperature once cooked to broil for a couple of minutes, watching closely to prevent burning.
  9. Carefully remove the hens and pour the juices from their cavities into the roasting pan. Transfer the hens to a warmed platter, remove the trussing and tent with aluminum foil to week warm. Pour the juices from the roasting pan into a saucepan and boil for about 5 minutes until the liquid is a thin sauce-like consistency.
  10. Serve the hens whole per guest or cut in half lengthwise. Drizzle the sauce over the hens and serve immediately alongside McBride Sisters Collection 2017 Chardonnay.

Love this recipe as much as we do? Learn more about the creative genius behind this dish. Visit www.southerntemptation.com to get to know Chef Mark Phillips and his culinary expertise.

Facebook: Southern Temptation

Instagram: @ChefSouthernTemp


** The McBride Sisters SHE CAN Professional Development Fund is accepting scholarship applications until July 31st. **

XOXO Robin + Andrea

Time Posted: May 24, 2019 at 5:20 PM
Robin McBride
 
May 11, 2019 | Robin McBride

SHE CAN’s Family Roots

SHE CAN’s Family Roots

The McBride Sisters logo is so much more than just a logo. The crest reflects our Sisterly bond and is designed with our shared father, represented as a proud peacock (he was known to be quite cocky) over the initials “MS” for McBride Sisters. The “S” is styled to look like a loc of our curly hair.

The two lionesses represent each of our mothers, supporting us from each side, the strongest women we know. They were the first to tell us that SHE CAN do anything. After all, lionesses are the true leaders of a pride. Matriarchies all the way!


Attention, Class:

Raise your hand if you would like some backstory behind the SHE CAN can designs!

We've decided to honor our mothers in the packaging for the SHE CAN line. The strong and empowered lionesses on the sides of the Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé cans pays tribute to the women who encouraged and inspired us throughout our lives. Our mothers led us to where we are today, and for that, we are so grateful! They told us we CAN do anything we set our minds to because they knew that no goal or dream is too big.

We (Robin and Andréa) consider ourselves to be a pride. That’s why we have “join the fearless pride” printed on the cans. We took the lionesses from our McBride Sisters Collection logo and placed an enlarged version on each SHE CAN. Sauvignon Blanc is dedicated to Andréa's mums (birth mother and foster mother) so their initials are by the lioness (P.J. & D.H.H.). Meanwhile, Rosé is dedicated to Robin's mom, and her nickname is by the lioness (KOKO). Design is a wonderful way to express a message through illustration, and we’re glad we had the creative opportunity to pay tribute to three extra special women. Love you, Mom and Mums!

KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DRINKING: A single can of SHE CAN is equivalent to two and a half glasses of wine (or half of a bottle). Therefore, it’s much more than a single serving. Quality and quantity! Please enjoy responsibly!


Gettin’ figgy wit it!

Out west, we love to keep things local. That’s why California dried fig is the star of Chef Mark Phillips’ latest gourmet appetizer. That, and, of course, the fig’s unique sweet and savory palette.

A gourmet dish such as this one demands to be partnered with a sophisticated wine. This tangtastic but sweet appetizer is matched perfectly with 2018 SHE CAN Rosé by The McBride Sisters, a drier wine that teases us with white raspberry and orange zest with an earthy undertone. Cocktail hour is for the gourmand in us all.

Chef Mark Phillips’ Fig & Gorgonzola ToastChef Mark Phillips’ Fig & Gorgonzola Toast

Servings: Makes 6

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup California dried figs
  • 6 thick sliced rustic ciabatta bread
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup gorgonzola cheese
  • Balsamic glaze
  • ¼ cup chopped basil
  • Cracked pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Brush bread slices with olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool.
  2. Slice figs horizontally or vertically and crumble on gorgonzola cheese. Take the toasted bread and arrange equal portions of fig and cheese on top. Drizzle the balsamic glaze and then garnish with finely chopped basil. Crack pepper to taste (optional).
  3. Open a couple of cans of SHE CAN Rosé and bite down on this crunchy cocktail hour appetizer. You’ll be saying yes to SHE CAN and no to “she can’t.”

Love this recipe as much as we do? Learn more about the creative genius behind this dish. Visit www.southerntemptation.com to get to know Chef Mark Phillips and his culinary expertise.

Facebook: Southern Temptation

Instagram: @ChefSouthernTemp


** The McBride Sisters SHE CAN Professional Development Fund is now accepting scholarship applications until July 31st. **

XOXO Robin + Andrea

Time Posted: May 11, 2019 at 5:21 PM
Robin McBride
 
April 9, 2019 | Robin McBride

Californian Wine is Thicker Than Water

Monterey Bay

Let’s throw it back 20 years. In 1999, Andréa and I met for the first time. No longer were we separated by the 7,000 miles between California and New Zealand. In 2005, Andréa and I began importing wine from New Zealand and then we moved our focus on different aspects in the wine industry. It was a long journey, and it wasn’t until 2016 when we started McBride Sisters Wines, proving that blood (and wine) is thicker than water.

Monterey, California has always been my home and is a source of my love of wine. As you probably know, California makes about 90% of all American wine. The state’s ideal growing conditions are determined by its size and diversity of soils and climates. Over 110 varieties of wine grapes are grown in California, including the flavorful fruit used to make our 2016 McBride Sisters Collection Red Blend. This 2016 Red Blend is a mix of Merlot, Zinfandel, Malbec and Petite Sirah from vineyards in Paso Robles and Monterey County.

McBride Sisters Collection 2016 Red Blend

McBride Sisters Collection 2016 Red Blend


Get Snacking!

A Californian spring is the best spring. The sun is out and so are the lupines and poppies. It’s also the beginning of the backyard BBQ-ing season. Open a bottle of our 2016 McBride Sisters Collection Red Blend, the perfect wine that has a peppery and herbal finish to pair with a juicy steak.

Try Chef Mimi’s Wontons Stuffed with Flank Steak, Mushrooms and Goat Cheese Garnished with Red Bell Peppers recipe paired with our McBride Sisters Collection 2016 Red Blend. The earthy flavor of the mushrooms, tender steak, and creamy goat cheese compliment the velvety, richness of the Red Blend. Why limit this dish to the appetizer portion of the evening? Honestly, it could be a full meal!

Visit our Wine Shop to purchase a bottle of McBride Sisters Collection 2016 Red Blend.

Chef Mimi

Chef Mimi’s Wontons Stuffed with Flank Steak, Mushrooms and Goat Cheese Garnished with Red Bell Peppers

  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • 1 cup of goat cheese,
  • 1 lb mushrooms
  • 1 lb flank steak
  • Red bell pepper
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit  

Preparation

  1. Spray a mini muffin pan with olive oil spray.
  2. Place the small wonton wrappers in the muffin pan cups. Line the cups against the wall of the muffin cups with your fingers. Spray oil on wontons.
  3. Place in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown and cups are formed.
  4. Let cool for 5 or more minutes then remove the cups.

Goat Cheese Mixture

  1. Mix the goat cheese with mushrooms, garlic salt, and pepper to taste, then place in the refrigerator until the steak is done.

The Steak

  1. Sear flank steak to your liking (preferably medium) and season with salt to taste.
  2. Thinly slice the flank steak and set aside.

Assemble

  1. Fill the cups with the goat cheese mixture, then top with flank steak.
  2. Garnish with red bell peppers.

We Work Best In Pairs

It can be daunting to choose a complementary pairing that heightens both the wine and dish. Don’t worry, we got you! Red Blends comprised of Merlot, Zinfandel, Malbec, and Petite Sirah like our 2016 Red Blend work fabulously with the following:

  • Red meat (steak, lamb, pork, duck)
  • Cured meat (chorizo, prosciutto, pancetta)
  • Roasted root vegetables
  • Dessert (dark chocolate, berries)

Now get creating!

XOXO Robin + Andrea

Time Posted: Apr 9, 2019 at 5:22 PM
Andrea McBride
 
March 28, 2019 | Andrea McBride

Tightrope Walking: SHE CAN Push the Limit

Napa Vineyard

This month, we officially introduced SHE CAN Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé into the McBride Sisters Wines family. After all, 2019 is the year SHE CAN be empowered!

2018 SHE CAN Sauvignon Blanc hails from Marlborough, New Zealand. As you may know, while Robin grew up in Monterey, California, my family is from Marlborough, New Zealand.  It was there that my passion for wine was ignited, and as the ol’ saying goes, the rest is history! Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region due to its sunny and dry climate comprised of almost 50,000 acres of vines—a winemaker’s dream!

Andrea McBride in New Zealand

Me around the age of 5 tightrope walking in Blenheim in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough. I’ve been pushing boundaries since I was a kid!

Our wines originate from New Zealand and California because we trust these regions to produce the highest quality of grapes, and it also happens to be the places we grew up. Trust between a vintner and grape is crucial. Marlborough’s world-class grapes are carefully cultivated and grown in a mountain-protected, sea breeze-cooled sub-regions. The Awatere Valley, south of the Wairau Valley, is a little cooler and known for its unique flavors of gooseberry and racy green apples, while the Wairau Valley produces Sauvignon Blanc grapes that are exotically tropical. SHE CAN Sauvignon Blanc is comprised of fruit from both these regions and, when combined, give us a flavor profile of: kiwi, passion fruit, and white fig. It can’t be argued that this is the perfect palette for the beginning of spring! All we need now are snacks to go with SHE CAN Sauvignon Blanc.

Aerial view of Marlborough.

 

Put Your Chef's Hat On...

Try our Brie on a Crostini with Prosciutto Cranberry & Balsamic Glaze recipe, which pairs wonderfully with SHE CAN Sauvignon Blanc and makes for a simple but elegant appetizer.

If you’re in the mood for a light, savory protein sweetened by tomatoes, try the Tomato and Cilantro Marinated Chicken Shashlik. The fresh tang from cilantro balances SHE CAN Sauvignon Blanc’s tropical flavor. It also makes for a great spring snack to nibble on while lounging on the back deck with a SHE CAN in hand. Wine and food… there isn’t a better combo.

Tomato and Cilantro Marinated Chicken Shashlik

Tomato and Cilantro Marinated Chicken Shashlik (via Food & Wine)

Makes 8 skewers.

Total time: 40 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large plum tomatoes, coarsely grated on a box grater
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup pure olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • vegetable oil for brushing
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Combine the tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and cilantro in a large bowl. Then, coat the chicken evenly. Leave the coated skewers in the fridge overnight.
  2. Lightly brush the skewers with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the skewers on a heated grill and cook for about 15 minutes.

Crack a couple cooled cans of SHE CAN Sauvignon Blanc and kick back with your gals.

This month, SHE CAN Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé are coming to shelves near you! Stay tuned for updates on our newest collection of exquisite, easy-drinking wine.


** The McBride Sisters SHE CAN Professional Development Fund will be accepting scholarship applications beginning on April 1st, 2019. **

XOXO Robin + Andrea

Time Posted: Mar 28, 2019 at 5:23 PM
Robin McBride
 
March 22, 2019 | Robin McBride

SHE CAN: Embrace the can, empower her path! — McBride Sisters Wines

SHE CAN: Embrace the can, empower her path!

You’ve seen our Instagram teasers and read our Wine Down Wednesday newsletter, but in case you missed it, we’re excited to welcome our newest Sisters, SHE CAN Wines, into the family!


SHE CAN Sauvignon Blanc2018 SHE CAN Sauvignon Blanc by The McBride Sisters comes from Marlborough, New Zealand. This Sauvignon Blanc is perfect if you’re in the mood for a crisp, tropical bevvy. You’ll notice a careful balance of passion fruit, fresh kiwi, and white fig. Juicy citrus notes tie the flavors together and linger on the tongue.

Our 2018 SHE CAN Rosé by the McBride Sisters is a blend of  Pinot Noir (45%), Merlot (32%), and Zinfandel (23%) from the Central Coast of California.  We’ve created a dry wine with the refreshing flavors of white raspberry, orange and mandarin zests compliment the chalky earth notes. This Rosé has us feeling ever so sophisticated.

Try our cans on their own or mix it up with wine cocktails. See our recipe below!

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SHE CAN…And She Does!

We’ve created “The McBride Sisters SHE CAN Professional Development Fund” to promote the advancement of women in the wine industry.  Our fund will provide scholarships to women across the industry whose career goals can be advanced by professional development programs in any sector of our industry. Why? Because the wine industry is no longer a boy’s club, but it’s still not a level playing field.  Women make up less than 10% of head winemakers and winery owners, even though there are more women with enology degrees than men. Let’s close this gap because we know #SHECAN!

We will begin accepting applications for scholarships on April 1st, 2019! Yes, SHE CAN!

Picnic weather is finally here and we’re SO relieved. There couldn’t be a better way to celebrate spring than to sit on a sun-warmed blanket with wine-in-hand.  Icy cocktails pair perfectly with warm weather. Want to change up your sangria game? Give our fresh SHE CAN Rosé Sangria a try!


SHE CAN Rosé Sangria (makes 1 pitcher)

2 cans of SHE CAN Rosé

1 1/2 cups elderflower liqueur

1 pack raspberries

6 lemon wheels

6 grapefruit slices

1 bottle club soda

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Serve over ice and start sippin’!

Brownie points if you create ice cubes from our SHE CAN Rosé!


** The McBride Sisters SHE CAN Professional Development Fund Scholarship Applications will be open on April 1st, 2019. **

XOXO Robin + Andrea

Time Posted: Mar 22, 2019 at 5:24 PM
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