Hello Fall! We’re passing up the Pumpkin Spice this year and diving right into our go-to wine cocktails. Hand crafted by our Head Winemaker, Amy Butler, we’re giving you our McBride Sisters twist on your favorite classics with recipes, an easy way to order the wines & storing tips if you don’t finish the whole bottle.
The Oakland 75
Oakland is where it’s at! That’s why we're giving you our take on the classic French 75, with our very own twist. You can enjoy a French 75 to replace your go-to mimosa or enjoy it after your meal, as a dessert of sorts. That’s how we like it. According to Liquor.com, “The French 75 is named for the fast-firing 75 millimeter field gun that was utilized by the French during World War One.”
Grab our McBride Sisters Collection Sparkling Brut Rosé to add some fruity, creaminess to the cocktail — conveniently available with our McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Zinfandel for your Red Wine Margarita below. One stop shop for the wines to mix up these special drinks! Get the wines here.
Red Wine Margarita
Margarita’s may be our drink of choice all year around, but pour over some full-bodied Zinfandel to give your classic Marg a bit of spice and ripe fruit. You may not ever go back to your classic. Salt on the rim is optional, we used our favorite coup glasses to make it fancy but any glass will do! Developed by Amy, we are just now realizing how well this woman can make a wine cocktail. Recipes that use red wine are our Fall favorites.
Grab our McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Zinfandel to spice up your Red Wine Margarita here — available in the perfect four bottle bundle with our McBride Sisters Collection Sparkling Brut Rosé for all of your fall cocktail needs! Shop now.
Opened Wine: How To Store It?
For some people (not always us!), you can end up with a pretty full opened bottle of wine after mixing up cocktails. Below are our top 5 storing tips for your open bottles so they don’t go to waste and are fresh to drink the next day.
- Make sure to keep the cork of screw off cap just in case you don’t have a wine storage cork. We’d recommend having these affordable, Repour rubber wine stoppers on hand for your still wines.
- For your bubbles, you’ll have a very hard time getting the original cork back in. Make sure to stock up on these sparkling wine stoppers from Cuisinart, before the holiday season.
- Put all re-corked or wines with a stopper into the fridge after opening. For red wine, you can pull it out of the fridge about 15 minutes before drinking to let it warm back up.
How long to wait before you drink your opened wine?
- Red Wine can be stored in the fridge for up 5 days or so. We’d highly recommend drinking within 1-3 because the longer the wine is in the fridge you’ll lose some of the delicious fruit notes and rich flavors.
- We’d recommend storing White Wine in the fridge for up to 3 days but drinking within 1-2 as it will lose the aromas fairly quickly.
- For Sparkling Wine, it can really only last in the fridge for 1-2 days max before losing all of the delicious carbonation. We’d recommend always drinking the next day to keep the quality high.
Getting into the holiday season already? Find our favorite festive cocktails for the holiday season here. For all of you who love to host a holiday party, find our Holiday Table Presentations Do's And Don'ts here.
Black Girl Magic: Bold on purpose, sweet by design, refreshingly complex.
It was at ESSENCE Fest 2018 where we first launched our McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic label. The incredible event is a “Party with a Purpose,” put on by ESSENCE Magazine, which has grown over 27 years to be one of the premiere gatherings for Black music, entertainment and culture — drawing averages of 500,000 attendees annually. It was a festival where thousands of Black women came together in one place to empower, educate and elevate during the day and party(with a purpose)at the music festival at night. Headlining with TRUE icons - we’re talkin’ Beyoncé, Barack & Michelle Obama, Missy Elliott, Diana Ross, and many more.
“ESSENCE is where Black Women Come First for news, entertainment, and motivation.”
When we launched the label in 2018, it also happened to be the first time New Orleans had a Black woman mayor, LaToya Cantrell. Since ESSENCE Fest is such a huge contributor to the city, the mayor hosted the opening party and we knew that’s where we wanted to introduce McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic to the world.
We only launched one wine in 2018. Riesling, a noble grape that originated from the Alsace region of France, was one of our favorites. It’s beautifully floral, with jasmine, honey and punch-you-in-your nose aromatics. Our style of Riesling remixed the traditions; you know the way that we do it! We wanted gorgeous acidity balanced with residual sugar. It was at the Essence Fest opening party where we announced our McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Riesling. And let me say we have NEVER in our lives had people respond to a label and to a bottle of wine the way that they did that weekend. We ran out of this inaugural Riesling so quickly, that we knew right away we needed to give this label the attention it deserved. Robin & I tapped into something really special, something rare.
Since the incredible launch of our McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Riesling, we’ve added a Red Blend, Rosé, Sparkling Burt, Merlot and Zinfandel to our the Black Girl Magic collection. These wines and this label have received so much love from you all! We see your amazing Instagram posts showcasing your Black Girl Magic and that’s the reason we made this brand.
McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic was cultivated at a time when we were seeing Black women breaking barriers as judges, scientists and in sports and entertainment. Black women were a huge part of the wine industry consumer demographic but were being underserved. If we were to honor the direct women in our family and the women within our community with a wine to celebrate their beauty and their resilience, what would that label look like?
Black women have been at the forefront of beauty, culture and style since the dawn of time -- yet are always last when it comes to products and services designed with them in mind. If our mission has always been to shake up the industry, how can you really drive innovation and serve people from diverse backgrounds in different countries and cultures if you have a small exclusive demographic of people making all of the decisions? It was time for Black women and everyone who supports Black culture to have a wine that was made with Her in mind. Black Girl Magic is more than a phrase. It’s a feeling. A look. A mood. A taste. Our wines are a celebration for us, by us, of all the things passed down from our ancestors to today. Our features, our skin, our beauty, our magic … and the wine inspired by it all.
These wines were made to celebrate the groundbreaking accomplishments of Black women including the small victories. Whether you’re sipping on them after work or for your wedding, there’s an indescribable joy in turning lowkey moments into unforgettable celebrations. That’s the power of these wines, we can turn ANY vibe into a celebration.
She is fun, fresh and fly. Sun-kissed and ripe. Full-bodied and luscious. She is one of a kind, she is McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Wines.
Thank you to everyone for your kind & thoughtful birthday wishes this year. This one is really special to me. For my birthday, I’ve wished for all women to feel empowered. Not a small feat, but we’re asking you to contribute to a cause that’s close to our hearts. A contribution can be a pledge to raise women up at your company, encourage your best friends to apply for that dream job or if possible, donate to our professional development scholarship program. But before that, I want to tell you a little more about where our drive to shake up the industry and empower women throughout business originates from. I’m hoping to give this amazing community a look into who I am and this company I’ve built with my sister, Andréa. I think the story of my life as a woman becoming an entrepreneur, in a male dominated industry, leads perfectly into the purpose and drive we have to empower other women with our McBride Sisters SHE CAN Fund.
As you know, I’m Robin McBride — the other half of this sister run company. I am currently the head of winemaking operations, human resources, finance and our direct to consumer program. My role taps into the things that I care about the most, the science of grape growing and winemaking, my interest in people and my drive to run my own business.In a speed round of “get to know me”, here are some of my favorite things!
- The cocktail I’m always reaching for is a French 75, that’s why we made our own twist on the classic. Mix up our Oakland 75 using our McBride Sisters Collection Sparkling Brut Rosé for your new favorite drink!
- I love farm life. Cultivating from the earth and living on land that has a purpose. I eventually hope to make my own cheese and raise my own goats
- I love music, Bossanova is close to my heart as my grandma used to listen to when I was younger. My eclectic taste is rooted in memories and moments that a song can take me back to and Lizzo just makes me feel amazing. Here is my birthday spotify playlist, turn the music up!
- My favorite wine ever is Chateau Y’quem, a Sauterne from France where I ended up working a harvest!
Why Wine? Becoming An Entrepreneur
I get asked often who my role models in wine or business were and truthfully I really didn’t have any. When I was growing up I wanted to be so many things, from a flower farmer, a volcanologist, and a particle physicist. I always loved science and I knew my dream job needed to include science. Wine was always in my life growing up in Monterey, California. As one of the main industries in that area, I was surrounded by vineyards and wine professionals.
The reason I started to thoughtfully pursue a career in wine was because I felt that wine, as a product and process, ties in with agriculture and a social experience. It’s not only an incredibly complex product that taps into my childhood dreams of wanting to do things in science and chemistry, but it also is something made for people to enjoy. They can laugh, cry, give a toast, share stories and connect with others over a simple, yet tasty, glass of wine. Wine is science, wine is agriculture and wine is an experience.
As an adult, I was having dinner with friends for our weekly Sopranos night, we’d watch an episode and my friend would chef up an italian dish from the show. One night, we had finished a bottle of Merlot and brought out another bottle of Merlot from the same place, with the same terroir. The wine was completely different. It caught my attention and I couldn’t shake my interest. What are these winemakers doing to make these products so different? I felt all of my interests in the chemistry and biological processes ignited as I continued to think about how much went into a bottle of wine and the power you had to alter the experience. Wine, for me, was never the same. I was hooked.
When I first met Andréa, the bond and relationship truly solidified so many things for me. First off, Andréa’s uncle in New Zealand was a grapegrower and she had also grown up in wine country. Further reinforcing that I needed to explore this industry and now I had her by my side. At the time, I was living in Atlanta. I had moved there after one visit because I was so amazed to see Black Excellence and professionals and universities in the 90s. I saw so much success in the Black community and such incredible culture. It was a really cool melting pot and I saw so much opportunity.
We get asked a lot why we eventually chose to build our business out of Oakland. And we like to tell em’ loud and proud that Oakland is where it's at! When we started making our own wines, I was commuting from the Central Coast, where I chose to raise my twins. Being close to San Francisco was key as it is a business hub and brought us closer to Northern wine country. But in the end, we chose Oakland because we wanted to find a place that had heart. Culturally, Oakland was a better fit and at the time a resurgence in the culinary and wine scene had begun. The city felt diverse and creative.
Empowering Women Along The Way
We wanted to break the rules of the wine industry but more importantly break the unwritten rules of women being pushed to the side. I grew up around only strong, independent women and am still under the impression that you don’t need men to make something successful. It was appalling to see the inequity in the business. Not only what Andréa and I experienced, but also witnessed across industries. Luckily, we're tough and were not going to be pushed off our path. But some women are not so lucky. It was painful to see the talent of the women in the industry being held back by the archaic nature of the business. The second we had a penny or a minute, we wanted to make sure we did something to help change that. That’s why we started our McBride Sisters SHE CAN FUND.
Our Impact To Date
The McBride Sisters SHE CAN Fund stems from the mission Andréa and I focused on from the beginning — We want to transform the industry, lead by example, and cultivate community, one delicious glass of wine, at a time. As our company grew, so did our goals to help empower, educate and support women in their careers. We need more women in leadership positions, that’s why the SHE CAN Fund is investing in women. We’re helping build the next generation of women leaders by supporting the continued education, coaching and professional certifications for women working in traditionally male-dominated fields through our non-profit. You can now donate directly to the fund and learn more about the 42 women that have been awarded professional grants & scholarships so far on our website here.
Are you able to Donate? Find direct access to donate to our McBride Sisters SHE CAN Fund here.
This year for my birthday, I want women to be empowered. I want to do my part in raising up the next generation of women leaders and create pathways for them to work their way to the top, where they belong. The moment Andréa and I had a penny or a minute to spare, we wanted to make sure we did something to help change these gender inequalities in business — and we have no plans on stopping anytime soon. Celebrate with me and wherever you can, raise up the women in your life. SHE CAN do anything.
The Story of SHE CAN
Did you know we have wine in a can? For those of you who do, thank you for all the SHE CAN Wines love. For those who are just finding out about our SHE CAN Wines collection, welcome! Enjoy our McBride Sisters Collection wine quality in the convenience of a can for those on the go. It’s a SHE CAN Summer and we have a fresh NEW flavor! We have also launched our Cans Club - a new kind of wine club created for the woman who's going everywhere. Read on below!
If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know that SHE CAN Wines is not only a statement, it is a way for us to honor our mothers. The strong and empowered lionesses on the sides of the SHE CAN pay tribute to the women who encouraged and inspired us throughout our lives, our mum & mom. Andréa & I wanted to include a striking design that could remind us everyday of the first women who taught us that we CAN do anything we set our minds to. It was only fitting that they were a focal point on these fun and fab cans.
We consider ourselves to be a pride, the same pride lions live in. A fearless pride and sisterhood that is constantly challenging the norm, inspiring other women to do the same and breaking barriers as we go. We took the lionesses from our McBride Sisters Collection logo and placed an enlarged version on each SHE CAN. Our newest flavor to the SHE CAN sisterhood is Fresh White and is dedicated to Andréa's mums (birth mother and foster mother) so their initials are by the lioness (P.J. & D.H.H.). The SHE CAN Rosé is dedicated to Robin's mom, and her nickname is by the lioness (KOKO). The SHE CAN Spritzers are a tribute to our daughters; you’ll find their initials within the designs on the Island Citrus and Coastal Berry. Can you spot them?
Design is a wonderful way to express a message through illustration, and we’re glad we had the creative opportunity to pay tribute to the special women in our lives.
For this SHE CAN Summer, it’s time to celebrate yourself and the other incredible women who have paved the way for us. SHE CAN is rooted in the ethos of a boundless sisterhood, challenging the status quo of male-dominated industries and focusing on uplifting and supporting female entrepreneurs, creatives and leaders.
Andrea’s and my journey involved looking up to a range of strong women throughout history—our own mothers included—who motivated us to follow our own paths and cultivate a community for women to support and celebrate each other, one great glass of wine at a time.
What started as a wine in a can collection has turned into much more. In 2019, we created the McBride Sisters SHE CAN Fund. At its inception, The McBride Sisters SHE CAN Fund was first developed to promote the professional advancement of women in the wine industry in a concerted effort to help close the gender and race gap. For this year's scholarships, we invited women who have a bold vision for their careers in hospitality, wine and finance, to apply for grants and scholarships for continuing education, leadership coaching and industry conferences. Our impact to date:
Applications for 2021 are now closed. Please check back in Spring 2022 for the next set of scholarship applications.
It’s more than just delicious wine in a can, it’s a loud message. A message to the world that SHE CAN and She Does, every single day. Join the #SHECANSummer movement by following SHE CAN Wines on Instagram and Facebook, share this blog with your friends and spread the word! Embrace the can and empower her path. With wines that go anywhere for the woman who’s going everywhere, "Where will she take you?"
Summer of SHE CAN - She’s New & She’s Fresh
For this #SHECANSummer we wanted to give you something different, something refreshing, a wine you would want to always have in the fridge. Think fruity, crisp and flower-garden fresh - this wine has flavors of pear, melon, white flowers and orange blossom. A wine that tastes like a summer day.
Be the first to taste the new Fresh White — we have three different 12 pack bundles featuring our newest flavor. The 12-pack of Fresh White is perfect for wine drinkers who know what they like and that’s aromatic white wine! Want to rosé all day and white wine all night? Then the Fresh White and SHE CAN Rose 12-pack is the one for you. Can’t decide? We’ve got you sorted with the 12-pack sampler of SHE CANs: Fresh White, SHE CAN Rose, SHE CAN Island Citrus Spritzer and SHE CAN Coastal Berry Spritzer.
Sip tip: Did you know that 1 premium can of SHE CAN Wine = ½ bottle of wine!
For The Cans Lovers
Another SHE CAN Summer launch: a brand new Cans Club! A new kind of wine club to get our fun, fab and award-winning canned wines delivered right to your door.
The best thing about this club, apart from receiving your own customizable can shipment four times a year, is supporting women in business and career development. A portion of the proceeds from our SHE CAN Wines goes to our SHE CAN Fund to help empower and educate emerging women leaders.
Oh, and did we mention you’ll also receive 10% off all your future wine orders? The first 100 members to sign up will receive a FREE SHE CAN Wines Bucket Hat! Run, don't walk to the site to join now. Black Girl Magic Bubbly Cans are also included in the Cans Club.
Women Who Embody SHE CAN
Who is the SHE CAN woman? She is creative, bold, unafraid and inspired. She is supportive and encouraging. She is also respectful of her own self-care and the need for downtime.
We look at women such as Simone Biles, a revolutionary athlete, a supportive teammate and an advocate for her own mental health, and see the SHE CAN woman. We look at Katie Ledecky, who made history this year at the Tokyo Olympics by winning six Olympic gold medals, the most won by any woman U.S. olympian ever. Katie also vocally announced how proud she is of Simone Biles. In both her achievements and support, we see the SHE CAN woman.
We look at our mothers, our grandmothers, our sisters, our daughters and friends, and see the SHE CAN woman in all of them.
Where Will She Take You?
The sun is out, flowers are blooming and the opportunity for adventures are endless. The #SHECANSummer is about discovery, excitement and new experiences. There is no limit to where you may find yourself if you follow your imagination. Here are a few ideas of where to drink SHE CAN to get your creative juices flowing:
While Supporting Women On Screen
Whether it’s the Summer Olympics or other sports you love to watch, call together all your girls for a night of celebrating female talent on screen. Let’s go Naomi Osaka, Ramla Ali and Rikako Ikee!
At a Picnic with the Girls
Summer is the best time to get your crew outside with a few packs of SHE CANs and a delicious spread for a picnic on the beach or by a lake. Got a grill nearby? Try some of these delicious recipes, which will pair perfectly with any SHE CAN pack.
Host a Wine Tasting Games Night
Combining two of our favorite things–wine and fun—this games’ night takes wine tasting to the next level. Check out our guide on how to host a summer wine tasting party, and combine that with Charades, Cards Against Humanity or Twister for a night to remember.
SHE CAN embodies all of us, the adventurous, life-lusting goddesses that we celebrate daily from the moment we wake up. From women leaders to athletes to mothers and lifelong friends, we value and appreciate you and are thrilled to see where SHE CAN Wines will take you this summer.
The Perfect Summer Wine
The wine of the summer! Chardonnay is made in some of the world's most iconic winegrowing regions and is one of the most popular and loved white wines. For us, this grape varietal gives us the opportunity to break the rules of fine winemaking. Chardonnay can be medium-full bodied, cool or warm climate, unoaked or rich in oak. The winemaker can cultivate and create the style that they love, for us, we love a cooler climate Chardonnay with light to minimal oak because we want the varietal characteristics to shine through.
Our McBride Sisters Collection Central Coast Chardonnay 2019 is a wine we cannot live without. It’s a crowd pleaser at all of our events and one of our favorite wines to sip with a summer cheeseboard. This is not your gramma's Chardonnay. Drinks well with salmon garnished with fresh dill, Alfredo pasta with spring peas, or grilled portobello mushrooms. It’s not only a seasonal wine, you’ll find our glasses filled with Chardonnay all year round.
This white wine is the perfect match for fresh seafood, buttery chicken, and caramelized vegetable dishes. A wine we love, always have in our wine rack and part of the story of Robin’s journey into winemaking. Celebrate this wonderful wine with us as we delve into the history, pairing suggestions, and recipes for Chardonnay.
We recently released our new McBride Sisters Collection Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2019. This wine, called The Great Escape is very special to us and comes from one of the most incredible winegrowing regions in California. The Santa Lucia Highlands are located in Monterey County, California and given the proximity to the Pacific Ocean, unique topography and California sunshine, you're left with what we think are some of the best vineyards in the world. The Great Escape embodies our love for the Chardonnay grape, the beauty of Monterey County and the childhood memories that have brought us to winemaking.
Learn more about the story behind the name and label on our website here.
“When I was a baby, my mom drove our bright red Volkswagen bug up the Pacific Coast Highway from LA to a small town called Monterey. This is where I fell in love with vineyards and winemaking.” - Robin McBride
The Chardonnay Grape
The world’s most popular white wine originated in the Burgundy region of France, with the earliest reference to the wine dating back to 1330. It wasn’t until the 18th century that Chardonnay was introduced to California by Spanish missionaries who planted the first vineyards in Alta California. The popularity of the light green grape grew rapidly over time, now being responsible for over 93,148 acres of vineyards, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual 2018 report.
A rich, buttery flavor is what comes to the majority of people’s minds when they hear “California Chardonnay.” But that’s because that style of California Chardonnay become widely produced and popular until more recently. California has varying regions and microclimates that have a range of cool and warm climate conditions in the vineyards.
Other than California and France, Chardonnay is also cultivated in the majority of major wine regions around the world, from New Zealand to Chile, and Australia to South Africa. All producing great wines in unique and regional styles. Our Reserve Chardonnay is breaking away from the overly oaked style and using minimal oak to complement the grape and terroir characteristics instead of overpowering it. The maritime influence from the vineyard proximity to the ocean gives this wine it's special and delicious qualities. See the where the vineyard is located below.
Chardonnay is a chameleon of a wine, with its flavors varying depending on the terroir (where it is grown and the climate, soil and topography conditions of the region), and the winemaking decisions, including how much new oak that is used in the ageing process and how long it’s in contact. Cooler climate Chardonnays can have gorgeous notes of apricots and citrus, and warmer climates can showcase tropical fruit and honey flavors.
The Ideal Pairing Dos and Don'ts
The perfect wine of the summer, Chardonnay is an easy wine for food pairings due to its versatile flavor profile. Whether you feel like whipping up a refreshing seafood salad, or a spring vegetable risotto, Chardonnay is the ideal drink to accompany you on a warm summer day. Below are our families pairing dos and don’ts to make sure you have the best experience possible. Cheers!
- Serve Chardonnay with mild, creamy or buttery dishes.
- Accompany with hearty fishes such as cod or halibut as well as shellfish, such as shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, scallops, oysters, and mussels.
- Pair with pork and poultry dishes that have subtle flavors and plain seasonings.
- Accompany oaky Chardonnay with foods that have a smoked or toasty flavor, such as roasted nuts or baked bread.
- Pair Chardonnay with sweet flavored and silky textured foods, such as caramelized roast vegetables, sweet corn, creamy soups, and risottos.
- Pair with aggressively, overseasoned foods and spicy dishes typically found in Indian and Southeast Asian meals. Also avoid pungent or over flavored cheeses.
- Pair with acidic or bitter foods that can make the Chardonnay taste sour or enhance the bitter aftertaste.
- Leave Chardonnay sitting on the table, or serve it too cold as this can reduce it’s pairing abilities. Aim to remove the bottle 15 to 20 minutes from the fridge and let it warm up to approximately 40 degrees.
Now that we have run through the dos and don’ts of food pairings, it's time to indulge in some delicious food recipes to try this season. Whip them up for your next happy hour on the patio, cheeseboard at the park or girls night at home.
Cheese Pairings & Snacks
Pair unoaked Chardonnay with soft and creamy cheeses such as Brie, Camembert, Mozzarella and Ricotta. Oaked Chardonnay pairs well with semi-soft aged cheeses with nutty flavors, such as Gruyère, Emmental and Comté.
The rich, buttery flavors of this French-inspired dish pair perfectly with our fruity, yet balanced McBride Sisters Collection Central Coast Chardonnay. These salmon rillettes make a delicious appetizer, or a snack to take for a picnic on the beach!
The main course. You can sip on Chardonnay by itself, with appetizers, entrées and even dessert. These are our go-to summer recipes using fresh seafood and savory chicken. Do you have a favorite Chardonnay pairing?
Chef John's Bay Scallop Chowder
Scallops and Chardonnay are a match made in heaven, and this creamy chowder, complete with Yukon Gold potatoes, is no exception. This dish makes an excellent meal for a dinner party, or a chill night at home where you want to indulge in comfort foods.
Dijon-Tarragon Cream Chicken
The chicken dish we make every week, a Dijon-Tarragon Cream Chicken recipe that is full of Chardonnay-lovin’ ingredients. Pair with a fresh side salad and a glass of our crispy and beautifully balanced McBride Sisters Collection Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2019 and you’re all set for a summer date night, solo or with company.
Butter Pecan Crunch
Ice-cream makes the ideal summer treat anytime, but when combined with vanilla and butter pecan flavors, the result is a mouthwatering dessert that pairs perfectly with the lemon curd and honey flavors of our McBride Sisters Collection Central Coast Chardonnay.
Image via Spaceships and Laser Beams & recipe here.
For us, Chardonnay is so much more than just a wine, it is part of our heritage and heart, it is an origin story. Taste our Chardonnays and get ready for your next summer feast by ordering on our website here or finding the wines in store near you. Get out and enjoy your summer, one glass of Chardonnay at a time!
Now that we're well into summer, Andréa and I are in our favorite wine & food pairing season. Grilling season. As you might have heard in Wine 101 our free Facebook course teaching you about all things wine, the McBride family loves a great BBQ. Our favorite pairing, BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers and our McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic Merlot — now available in the perfect red wine bundle on our website. What's yours? For some folks, especially those located in warmer climates, grilling season is an all-year round activity, and for others, the start of the summer season signifies outdoor activities, picnics, and grilling. Bring on the warm weather!
According to the 2020 “State of the Barbecue Industry” report from the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, roughly two-thirds of adults in the United States own a grill or smoker. This means that one out of every three people you know owns a grill. So if you’re not one of them, it’s likely that one of your friends or family does. We know that sharing is caring, so if you’re a grill-owner, invite your friends and family over for a summer cookout, and if you’re not, buy the necessary grilling supplies and take them to your bestie with a grill. How could they not love you for it?
Since the month of July is National Grilling Month, there’s no better time than the present to start prepping your grilling events. From planning your menu to conserving the food, we’ve got you covered. Stay safe, get outside, and let's get grilling!
McBride Guide to Grilled Food & Wine Pairings
We like to break the rules. That's why we don't let the rules about which wines to drink in a specific season ever stop us. We're drinking rosé in the winter and red wine in the summer! All year around we're sipping on our favorite wines. But there's a little secret about grilled food and wine pairings that we can't wait to share. It's time for red wines to shine.
There is nothing better than meat or veggies right off the grill & a sip of a perfectly chilled red wine. That's right, chilled red wine is here and ready to play! We don't mean ice cold, but given the warmer temps, it's nice to keep your red wines on ice to bring them to the perfect temperature during your family BBQ. When we drink red wine in the summer we feel bold & boujie, that's why our new Bold & Boujie red wine bundle is your grilling season must have. Order yours on the website here.
Flavor Hacks to Step Up Your Grilling Game
Looking to add some punch to your grilling flavors, but not sure where to start? Try these simple, yet incredibly effective flavor hacks that will have you quickly crowned the Grilling King.
- Who else loves their meat juicy and succulent, with a slight tinge of apple? If you’re not salivating yet, you soon will be when you try spraying your meat with apple cider or apple juice. This trick works wonders on pork and chicken.
- Herbs really are the spice of life. To revitalize your traditional grilling brush, tie a bunch of fresh herbs onto a wooden spoon, dip your new brush into oil, and use it to paint your produce in a new and flavorsome way.
- Prevent fish from sticking to the grill by cooking it on lemon slices. This hack provides two benefits: delicious, lemony fish that also saves you the headache of scraping it off the grill.
- Turn your grill into a DIY smoker with two simple tools: aluminium foil and wood chips (such as oak or hickory). Create a pouch out of the aluminium foil, throw in some wood chips, poke some holes in the top of the pouch, and add it to the grill. The pouch will slowly begin to release a smoky flavor and add a unique taste to what you are cooking.
Must Try Grill Recipes + Wine Pairings
What’s cooking? Whether you’re a dedicated carnivore, a chicken lover, or a herbivore, there is something that can be thrown on the grill for everyone!
A Delicious Starter: Grilled Chicken Shawarma
Bursting with deliciously fresh Middle Eastern flavors, this grilled chicken shawarma is not only fast and simple, it is perfect for summer as it goes well with fresh salads such as tabouli, or dips like hummus or tzatziki.
Image via feastingathome.com Get the recipe here.
Wine Pairing: Grilling chicken adds smokiness to the flavor, which stronger, acidic wines match perfectly. Our bold, jammy Black Girl Magic 2018 Zinfandel will be your new favorite pairing. The gorgeous fresh plum, dried cherry and delicate crushed black pepper in the wine will bring out the seasoned chicken and hummus. Available in the Bold & Boujie red wine pack.
For the Herbivores: Portobello Mushroom Veggie Burger
A veggie burger so good it’s adored by both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, we knew we had to include it. This portobello mushroom burger is incredibly succulent, with juicy mushrooms fresh off the grill it makes the perfect summer dinner.
Image via Love & Lemons Get the recipe here.
Wine pairing: Due to the variety in flavors and richness that veggie burgers can have, they are often able to pair with a range of wines. A fruity red blend, such as our 2019 Central Coast California Red Blend which is a heavenly match for grilled portobello mushrooms with the wines cherry, plum and cedar notes. Available in our Bold & Boujie red wine pack.
For the Meat Lovers: Churrasco with Chimichurri Sauce
Wine Pairing: As the saying goes, red meat gets red wine. Steak pairs well with a variety of red wines, and you will find that our Black Girl Magic 2018 Merlot or the Black Girl Magic 2019 California Red Blend will each pair perfectly with churrasco, and will complement the heavy garlic in the chimichurri with individual fruity notes. All available in our Bold & Boujie red wine pack.
Grill + Play
We’ve got a jam-packed weekend ahead of us for this Fourth of July celebration, there are countless options for grilling cookout fun! Spending time with family and loved ones is important, and what better way to do it than over a hot, smoking grill?
If you’re planning a big get together, be sure to pick up some of Black Girl Magic Bubbly Red and Rosé mixed 12-pack of cans, which are perfect for larger groups and come in two refreshing flavors that are sure to cool you down on a summer’s day. Our new Bubbly Red can has juicy pomegranate, strawberry and ripe blackberry. Always serve chilled for a refreshing BBQ outdoor party.
Other Grilling Essentials
The secret to enjoying a perfect grill is careful preparation and mindful cooking. It would be a shame to have all your food go to waste over careless grilling that resulted in overcooking! Here’s a few other tips to make sure you make the most of your grilling day, so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a glass of wine:
- Keep everything sanitary and clean. Make sure everyone that is handling food has washed their hands and doesn’t touch their face while handling any food.
- Store the food in a cooler or somewhere cold until it is ready to cook. Leaving meats and fresh produce out for too long can allow bacteria to develop.
- Be mindful not to mix raw and cooked foods, and keep them separate at all times to avoid any bacteria from raw foods contaminating the cooked meals.
- Keep salads and other cold items chilled on ice to stay fresh.
Now that you’ve got your recipes, prep, and events planned, the next step is to get your grilling crew together! We hope you have a wonderful grilling season & National Grilling Month— let's get sizzling one delicious glass of wine at a time.
Celebrating National Rosé Day!
Just in time for the start of summer, National Rosé Day is upon us. Falling on the second Saturday of June every year since 2014, today we celebrate! It’s time to call all your friends, pull out your favorite summer outfit (something pink to be in theme), and share a bottle (or can!) of Rosé while basking in the warm summer sunshine.
Rosé has been growing in popularity over the years, due to its versatility and ability to be enjoyed dry, sweet, still, or sparkling. It also pairs well with all kinds of foods, from seafood to barbeque to salads, and more, making rosé the perfect accompaniment for any occasion. National Rosé Day is one of our favorite holidays, so we’ve put together a guide to the history of rosé, matching your personality with our rosé range, and some delicious recipes and activities to keep you celebrating, and drinking rosé all day! If you want to learn more about Rosé wine, join us on our McBride Certified Wine 101 for a free Facebook course on all things wine from Andréa & I — hint: head to Module 6 for rosé!
A Little History
While the exact moment that rosé was first made is said to date back thousands of years ago, the sweet elixir is newer to America, being popularized in the late 20th century. National Rosé Day was formally established in 2014, after being proposed by Swedish brand Bodvár - House of Rosés - to raise awareness about rosé wine and give affectionados the opportunity to gather and celebrate.
Which Rosé Are You?
Trendsetter, sassy, the BFF or the life of the party - so, which one are you?
You’re just like our brand new, limited edition range, Black Girl Magic Cans Bubbly Rosé, which provides the quintessential strawberry and tangerine notes of the season, for a memorable experience that everyone will be raving about. Being served in a sleek, smooth black can you’re ahead of your time. Be warned: they are going fast.
Like our McBride Sisters Collection NV Hawke’s Bay New Zealand Sparkling Brut Rosé, you know when the occasion calls for a sudden pop to shake things up. You like to keep things moving and stirring, with all the right ingredients including crisp apple and citrus and floral notes. You sassy thing, you!
You’re the warm hug that makes everything better, the one who can fix a makeup disaster at the last minute, the contagious smile that always makes you laugh. Just like our McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic 2020 California Rosé, you are classic, sophisticated, yet fruity - the best friend forever.
Life of the Party
You know the secret to fire up a party, and you know that variety is the spice of life. Coming in two delicious flavors - Island Citrus and Coastal Berry - SHE CAN Canned Wine Dry Rosé Spritzers Mixed 12 Pack provide the perfect range to suit just about any tastebud and liven up any social scene.
Did you know that rosé is made from the same grapes as red wine? The only difference being that when red wine is made the skin is left on for longer during the fermentation process, resulting in the darker color. Despite sharing the same grape, rosé has a completely unique flavor, one that is the perfect ingredient for a range of delicious summer cocktails.
Frozé (Frozen Rosé)
The drink that has taken summer parties by a storm, Frosé, needs no introduction. Equally as simple to make as it is delicious, Frosé is the gift that keeps on giving.
1 tbsp Simple Syrup
6 Strawberries, hulled, quartered
1 Fresh Lemon
Pour 2/3 of the chilled SHE CAN Rosé into a glass and set aside
In a blender or nutribullet cup add the six cut strawberries, simple syrup and the rest of the SHE CAN Rosé that is still in the original can and blend until smooth
Strain blended mixture into a pan and place in the freezer for 1-6 hours (If time is of the essence, 30 minutes will work but it will be more like a slushie)
Once frozen, scrape mixture back into the blender cup. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice, 1 oz Aperol and purée until smooth. You can add additional ice here if you want more.
Once the Frozé is ready pour it into a glass and top it off with the SHE CAN Rosé that was set aside at the beginning. Garnish with a strawberry and enjoy!
Everyone’s favorite summer drink is here with a peachy twist. Perfect for entertaining on a hot day, the combination of sweet rosé with tart lemon will delight, refresh, and impress!
1 oz fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 cup of cold Water
0.75 oz Simple Syrup
Lemon for garnish
Add ice to your cocktail glass and combine lemon juice, water and simple syrup.
Fill the glass with the chilled McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic Rosé, genorously
Mix, garnish and enjoy!
National Rosé Day Activities
You’ve got your beverages sorted, now to plan the activities. Rosé is the ideal summer drink that makes for a fun and light celebration, perfect for any trendsetter, sassy queen, BFF, or life of the party.
Throw a Pink Soiree
National Rosé Day is about all things pink, and throwing an all-pink party is a perfect way to celebrate in style. Tell all guests to come dressed all in pink and decorate the space in varying shades of rosy hues. Serve up rosé in pink cups alongside delicious pink desserts such as this rose, raspberry and coconut fool.
Host a Wine Tasting
In the comfort of your own home shop our Rosé All Ways sets and pour them into pitchers, so that they can be served without labels. If they are sparkling or bubbly rosé pour into the sparkling glasses ahead of time and keep it a mystery that way. Place the empty bottles and cans near the pitchers, not in a corresponding order. Leave blank tasting cards next to each pitcher, so that every guest can write down their guesses on which pitcher matches which bottle/can and drop it into a box. At the end of tasting, read out the cards and whoever guesses the closest to all four bottles/packs correctly wins a prize!
Whatever you decide to do, join us as we celebrate National Rosé Day, and remember to rosé all day!
Spring has officially sprung and it’s time to spend some time in the sunshine with our favorite wines, snacks and playlists.
Andréa and I love picnic season spent in our favorite parks around the Bay area with our cups filled with chilled rosé, our favorite cheeses and some even better company. This year, we could all use some quality time with our friends and family. What better way than with a sunny picnic! For this picnic season we’re sharing our food & drink must-haves and a sneak peek of what’s in our picnic baskets.
Get our no-cork screw required Wine Must Haves with our new McBride Sisters Collection & Black Girl Magic Wines Picnic Essentials for the perfect set of wines to have for all your picnic needs! Get outside, stay safe, pack a picnic & forget the corkscrew.
Best Picnic Food + Wine Pairings
You’ve got your picnic basket ready to go, now to figure out what to put in it! Picnics are meant to be fun and easy, and that means delicious finger foods that can be handled easily and shared around. The best picnic foods can be made ahead of time, are easy to transport, and will still taste incredible the next day without much preparation. Let’s dive in!
The Sandwich: Caprese
A great sandwich can be the highlight of an entire meal, and we are advocates for the perfect picnic sandwich. They are simple to make, are compact and can be eaten with your hands. When it comes to packing, simply wrap in foil or wrap so they stay together until it’s time to eat.
Image via jessicainthekitchen.com Get the recipe here
Great picnic food often contains minimal ingredients that are well put together, and this Caprese sandwich screams ultimate taste with minimal effort. With juicy tomatoes, smooth mozzarella and fresh basil, you be coming back for seconds.
Wine Pairing: Pair this fresh sandwich with our McBride Sisters Collection Sauvignon Blanc available in the Picnic Essentials six pack here.
Get your picnic going with these delightfully fresh salads. You’ll be celebrating being outside basking in Mother Nature’s energy once again.
Watermelon & Feta Salad
Image via jamieoliver.com Get the recipe here
What can be more refreshing that a watermelon salad? Mixed with red onion, sprigs of mint and mouth-melting feta cheese, this is a blend not to be missed.
Wine Pairing: Pair this sweet & salty salad with our McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic Rosé available in the Picnic Essentials six pack here.
Creamy Potato Salad with Prawns & Salmon
Image via bbc.co.uk Get the recipe here
A great potato salad is show-stopping. Just when the original has been perfected so many times, here comes this recipe with shrimp and salmon. Treat yourself.
Wine Pairing: Celebrate this light, summery seafood salad recipe with a glass of McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic Riesling iavailable in the Picnic Essentials six pack here, The off-dry and high acidity of this wine will compliment that flavors of this salad perfectly!
Is it even a picnic if you don’t have dips and chips to snack on? We think not. Dips are great because they can be added to almost everything from sandwiches to salads, and can be eaten on their own with cut vegetables or chips.
Beetroot, Yoghurt & Lime Dip
Image via olivemagazine.com Get the recipe here
Beetroot lovers rejoice! This deliciously tangy dip is perfect for warm spring days and will create a burst of flavor in your mouth. Try this with your favorite pita chips or even fry some halloumi ahead of time to dip.
Wine Pairing: This tangy and delicious dip will pair perfectly with a glass of McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic Rosé available in the Picnic Essentials six pack here. The off-dry and high acidity of this wine will compliment that flavors of this salad perfectly!
After all the tasty savory foods, it’s time to cater to your sweet tooth. Top it off with a celebratory glass of McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic NV California Sparkling Bru available in the Picnic Essentials six pack here for the perfect end-of-meal treat.
Salted Peanut and Honeycomb Rocky Road
Image via olivemagazine.com Get the recipe here
Who can say no to a rocky road? Featuring salted peanut and honeycomb, this is a great twist on the classic and will cater to all tastes.
Other Picnic Essentials
Whenever you have a picnic there are a few items that you should bring to ensure everything goes smoothly for you and the space you inhabit. Remembering to bring the following will make a difference in the long-run and help you picnic happily and sustainably:
- Always remember to bring a trash bag to clean up after yourself. You want to leave the beautiful spot in nature just the same way as you found it, so many more can enjoy it after you.
- For hot days, throw some ice packs into your picnic basket to ensure everything stays cool and fresh.
- Bring additional water for drinking and cleaning sticky hands.
- A first-aid kit can always come in handy when you’re outdoors. You never know what you may stumble across!
- Remember to bring a picnic blanket.
Lastly, enjoy yourself and never forget the wine! Xoxo,
We're Feelin' Bold & Boujie
We'll enjoy a great glass of red wine all year around. From a medium-bodied silky Merlot to a full-bodied, rich Zinfandel, we love pairing a glass with a meal on our Wine Wednesday, or as an end-of-the week wine down. When we have a glass of red wine in hand, we feel bold and boujie — spice up your palate with our all Red Wines set here to taste the differences between the wines & find your favorite red varietal. This wine set with set the mood and it includes our Merlot and Zinfandel - two online exclusive wines that you can only get on the website. Hurry before they're gone!
Apart from being a delicious drink, red wine is said to also has a range of health benefits, with studies finding that the red elixir is not only heart healthy, but it may also help you live longer, and boost your brain function. We’ve also read that red wine can also help you from getting sick. According to a study conducted from the University of Auckland, the antioxidants contained in red wine can reduce the chance of catching a cold. Sign us up!
Aside from all the amazing benefits and taste, how do you decide which red wine is right for you, and what food should you pair it with? We’re here to share the difference between some of the popular red wine varieties, a couple of must-try red wine recipes, and the best food to pair with each. Check out our red wine guide you on the best way to maximize each wine. Salut!
The Red Wines to Know
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted red grape in the world, and for good reason. The wine is derived from a special kind kind of grape, a hybrid of a red Cabernet Franc grape and a white Sauvignon Blanc grape, which first occured in Bordeaux region of France. The dark, full bodied red wine is more on the juicy side and typically is drank alongside food, due to its heavier nature. In some regions, this wine is heavily oaked, giving it a coconut, nutty and vanilla profile.
Food pairings: Cab Sauv pairs well with other heavier dishes, such as red meats or pasta dishes with creamy red sauces. For a cheese pairing look to aromatic types such as blue cheese or camembert.
Try pairing our McBride Sisters Collection 2018 Central Coast California Red Blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a ribeye or sirloin steak or a roast or grilled lamb. For non-meat eaters try pairing with a juicy stuffed portobello mushroom recipe. Available in our Bold & Boujie set here.
Known for its soft, sensual texture, one of the world's close second favorite red wine (after Cab Sauv) is extremely food friendly and produced for a range of price points. The easy-drinking red has an approachable style that makes it great for those new to red wine. With notes of chocolate and plum, this smooth and velvety medium bodied red wine has a versatility that makes it perfect both on its own and in blends.
Food pairings: Merlot matches well with a wide range of foods due to its medium bodied nature. Typically, Merlot pairs well with light meats such as chicken or lightly spiced darker meats.
Try our Chicken Merlot or Red Wine Brownie recipe below that adds Merlot in the recipe! We are all about the Merlot here, our online only McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic 2018 California Merlot is a must try for red wine lovers and can only be ordered online. Our McBride Sisters Collection 2018 Central Coast California Red Blend is also going to be the perfect red blend to try featuring Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon. Try both in our red wines bundle here.
The late-ripening red Zinfandel wine produces a jammy flavor bursting with fruity aromas of blackberry, cherry, plums, black pepper, and cinnamon with varying levels of oak. A fuller bodied wine that is high in alcohol content, Zinfandel is known for its fruity meets spicy kick with a smoky body. Previously known as California’s grape, it used to be made in a sweeter wine style but is now grown all over the west coast and internationally as well produced in a more dry style.
Food pairings: Due to its unique flavor profile, Zinfandel pairs well with pizza, cheese lasagne, or any other dishes with tart sauces or cheese. It would also pair well with BBQ meat dishes (think juicy ribs) or even a spicy curry. Try any of these dishes with our online exclusive McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic 2018 California Zinfandel. Taste our full red wine selection here.
Shiraz/Syrah (they’re the same!) produce a dark, heavy-bodied wine that can be peppery, spicy and bold. With notes of darker fruits such as blackberries and plums, this dry wine has a high level of tannins, which means it can have a high level of health-benefiting antioxidants.
Food pairings: In addition to pairing well with any bold foods, this is one of the rare wines that can also pair perfectly with spicy foods and will actually help enhance the spices in the dish. Alternatively, try balancing out the heavier taste with a charcuterie board containing a range of cheeses to bring out the subtle nuances in the wine.
Similar in flavor profile to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec is an easy-drinking wine that has its origins in France, but is now primarily produced in Argentina. The fruit-driven wine has plum and cherry flavors that meet hints of vanilla and tobacco.
Food pairings: Malbec pairs well with lean cuts of meat, such as lamb or sirloin.
Pinot Noir is a popular light bodied red wine native to Burgundy, France, that is known for its flower and spice aromas which are complemented by a smooth finish. Despite being notoriously difficult to grow, the internationally producted wine is one of the few fruits that is often made into red, rosé, white, and sparkling wine. Typical flavors of a French Pinot Noir will be mushroom, cherry, potting soil and rose.
Food pairings: Due to its light body and complex structure, Pinot Noir pairs well with most foods. A fruitier Pinot may pair well with a roasted salmon dish or another fatty fish, while a more tannic Pinot can pair well with heavier game such as duck or with a beef stew.
Have you been enjoying our wine guides? If you're hoping to learn more about the wines you drink, join our McBride Certified Wine 101 community for an wine course to learn all things wine, winemaking and wine tasting to give you the tools to feel comfortable in any situation.
Red Wine Recipes
Sisters Grand Sangria Rouge
1 bottle Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
1 bottle of our McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic Zinfandel (or Red Blend - available in store)
2 ripe Oranges
1 bottle lemon-lime Club Soda
- Fill your glass with ice
- Add in 1.5 oz Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
- 3 oz Black Girl Magic Zinfandel (Or Red Blend)
- 2 oz fresh squeezed Orange Juice
- 2 oz lemon-lime Club Soda
- Mix well, serve immediately
Image & recipe via askchefdennis.com
1 whole chicken (3 - 4 lbs)cut up in pieces - skin taken off
1 large onion cut up into chunks
16 ounces of mushrooms cute into slices
3 carrots peeled and sliced into thick pieces
5 stalks of celery diced into large pieces
1 can cannelini beans drained and rinsed
4 cloves of garlic
6 ounces of tomato paste
8 ounces of McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic 2018 California Merlot
8 ounces chicken or vegetable stock
1 teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Place chopped vegetables and cannellini beans in the bottom of your slow cooker
- Add chicken pieces on top of the vegetables.
- In a bowl whisk together tomato paste, wine, stock and spices then pour over chicken and vegetables.
- Cover and cook on low for approximately 5 hours or high for approximately 2 1/2 hours.
- Remove vegetables and chicken after cooking and cover to keep warm.
- Pour all liquid from slow cooker into a saucepan and reduce by half until sauce is thick and clingy.
- Pour sauce over chicken and veggies and serve with rice, potatoes, pasta, or your favorite grain.
Red Wine Brownies
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic 2018 California Merlot
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups light or medium brown sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Image & recipe via bromabakery.com
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8″x8″ baking dish with parchment paper or oil.
- In a small saucepan over low heat melt the butter. Once melted, add in chopped chocolate, stirring constantly until the chocolate is melted completely.
- In a standing mixer with a whisk attachment, add in brown sugar. Slowly pour melted chocolate mixture into brown sugar with the mixer running on medium speed. Add in eggs, one at a time, with the mixer still on. Beat for 30 seconds, until the color of the batter lightens just a bit.
- Turn the mixer to low and add cocoa powder, flour, salt, vanilla extract, and wine, beating for an additional 30 seconds.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for roughly 40 mins, or until a knife inserted in the center of the brownies comes out mostly clean.
Thank you for joining us throughout our #WomenCrushingIt campaign. We're so excited to close out March by interviewing a mother, entrepreneur and game changer, Jessica Alba! Jessica founded The Honest Beauty Company in 2012 to provide consumers with mission-driven, clean beauty products that are earth conscious. She’s also developed one of the most successful baby care product lines with the goal of making basic necessities available to all families.
Jessica was on the cover of Forbes “Self-Made Women” and has been listed in Fortune magazine as one of the 10 Most Powerful Female Entrepreneurs. She’s a bestselling author and icon among women and mothers of today.
Not only has she taken on the beauty industry with the goal of providing clean products for all consumers, she’s done so with sustainability at the heart of her company. The Honest Beauty Company was awarded the Pioneer in Sustainability Award by the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles.
She cares about other mothers, the planet and using her platform to raise the voices of other women. We’re in awe of her success and drive. She’s crushing it as a woman in business and in every industry she enters.
Meet Jessica Alba
Robin: When the pandemic subsides, who are you raising your first glass with and why?
Jessica: I am most looking forward to raising a glass with my extended family -- grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins...the whole fam. I am excited to be surrounded by all those close to me. I have been in a pod with my immediate family, but I look forward to gathering again with everyone I love.
Robin: How is the 2021 International Women's Day theme #ChooseToChallenge meaningful to you? What has challenged you as a woman in a male-dominated industry?
Jessica: This year’s theme of #ChooseToChallenge is meaningful for me because it’s important to use my influence for good, to empower women and smash stereotypes. I recently learned that 73% of women experience bias at work which is completely unacceptable. In my personal experience, I have found that when people aren't used to a female leader, and a strong female leader at that, it takes a lot longer for them to absorb direction and feedback.
As a business owner, I’m determined to continue to support our female workforce at The Honest Company to ensure they feel safe and empowered, both professionally and personally. At Honest, 68% of our workforce are women and 59% of our leadership team are women -- women are at the core of everything we do! This year, I challenge myself and others to call out gender bias and inequity when we see it.
Robin: Who has inspired you to break the rules or think beyond them as a woman in business and entertainment?
Jessica: Oprah has always been a huge inspiration for me as a leader not only in entertainment and business, but in life in general.
Robin: How would you define your tribe or sisterhood that has supported you during your path?
Jessica: My tribe consists of a few extremely close girlfriends. They are more than friends at this point, they are friends that have become family… they are my sisters. I prefer this over having a bunch of acquaintances. I lean on these girls and we are there for each other through both the good and the bad and we love each other unconditionally, as sisters do.
Robin: What advice would you give to women who want to pursue nontraditional careers that combine their work and passions?
Jessica: You must know every piece of your business model, from the market opportunity to the creative angle to your competitive edge and how you will win in the landscape. It’s also important to pressure test your idea with friends, family and people that you respect in business prior to going out and raising money. And as always, know your numbers. This is key when you are working to turn your passion into a profitable business.
Robin: How has the pandemic changed your work, industry and outlook?
Jessica: This past year was challenging to say the least, but it reminded me to prioritize what truly matters most, which is my family and loved ones. As we have all been through a lot this past year, it’s important now more than ever for women to lift each other up and to support each other. As a female entrepreneur, I know firsthand how hard it is to start a business for anyone, especially for women. It’s always been my priority to surround myself with other strong women and to give back and support them however I can. For me, it’s about women supporting women by bringing each other up and giving them an equal opportunity and a seat at the table.
Robin: What are you most excited about in your work right now?
Jessica: I am most energized about continuing to build a company and a workplace that people are excited about. My mission is always to create an environment that supports our employees, not only professionally, but personally as well and recognizes them as a whole person, connecting both the head and the heart.
Robin: Do you have a favorite MSC wine, and a recipe, cuisine or mood to pair with it?
Jessica: SHE CAN is my go-to favorite for myself and to gift to others. The packaging makes it super convenient and, of course, the wine itself is amazing. An outdoor, socially distanced walk with a SHE CAN in hand is my jam.