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Robin McBride
 
March 31, 2021 | Robin McBride

The One & Only Jessica Alba

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.

Xoxo,

Time Posted: Mar 31, 2021 at 6:59 AM
Robin McBride
 
March 17, 2021 | Robin McBride

Activist. Entrepreneur. Sommelier.

For our next #WomenCrushingIt in celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re raising our glass to Grace Mahary. Grace is a woman who brings wisdom, an inspiring work ethic and strength into everything she does. She started her career in the fashion industry modeling for international companies such as Chanel, Vogue and Prada. As an Eritrean-Canadian model, she has leveraged her platform -- and over fifteen years in the fashion industry -- to focus on what she believes in most: Equality. 

Grace is a global activist and entrepreneur, and the founder and executive director of Project Tsehigh. Over the last six years, Grace and her team at Project Tsehigh have focused on researching and finding renewable energy sources for countries who are lacking the infrastructure. It was after visiting Eritrea, in Eastern Africa, that she realized how many people were living in under-resourced communities without power, driving her to find ways to provide solar energy solutions for communities in need. She’s dedicated, driven and crushing it across many different domains. 

In addition to her activism, she’s also a certified sommelier. As co-owner of Chulita in Venice, California, she curates wine lists and wine experiences within different spaces using her knowledge of wine, keen palate and great taste. Grace is a change agent and we’ve watched in awe as she has focused on leaving the world a better place than she found it, while enjoying the journey along the way.

Meet Grace Mahary

Robin: When the pandemic subsides, who are you raising your first glass with and why?

Grace: My husband, family, and closest friends I’ve missed over this time.

Robin: How is the 2021 International Women's Day theme #ChooseToChallenge meaningful to you? What has challenged you as a woman of color in a male-dominated industry?

Grace: I love to see the status quo challenged especially when it means freeing up space for those who’ve been marginalized in society. There are countless challenges, but knowing your worth and building confidence have helped me visualize my place in the world.

Robin: Who has inspired you to break the rules or think beyond them as a woman in your industries?

Grace: My mother

Robin: How would you define your tribe or sisterhood that has supported you during your path?  

Grace: They are my outer brain that I consult regularly!

Robin: What advice would you give to women who want to pursue nontraditional careers that combine their work and passions? 

Grace: To not doubt themselves, to dive into as much research as possible and to start! (You’ll figure it out as you go.)

Robin: How has the pandemic changed your work, industry and outlook?

Grace: It definitely has slowed things down and has made working from home possible. I never thought I could love or live in stillness as I do now.

Robin: What are you most excited about in your work right now? 

Grace: Continuing to shine light on underrepresented and sustainable artists, winemakers, and game changers whilst making personal discoveries along the way.

Robin: Which wine varieties or styles are most often on your table? Do you have a favorite MSC wine, and a recipe, cuisine or mood to pair with it? 

Grace: We’re always exploring! My favorite MSC wine is the Central Coastal Red Blend. It's silky and smooth, definitely my Friday night vibe.

Xoxo,

 

 

Time Posted: Mar 17, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Robin McBride
 
Robin McBride
 
February 15, 2021 | Robin McBride

National Black Girl Magic Day

Let's Celebrate the Magic of Black Women

Image from 'The Colored Girl' campaign photographed by Joey Rosado @islandboiphotography

February 15th marks National Black Girl Magic Day and while we celebrate Black women every day, today we are screaming from the rooftops, around the country and around the globe, to celebrate #BlackGirlMagic and we encourage you to do the same! Black Girl Magic was created by CaShawn Thompson in 2013 when she started the movement #BlackGirlsAreMagic, that has since been shortened and popularized to #BlackGirlMagic — now championed by men and women alike. In an inspiring article for Black History Untold, CaShawn shines a light on Gloria Richardson, civil rights worker and warrior, as one of the inspirations behind the term. The drive and poise that Gloria embodies throughout her time fighting for civil rights is portrayed perfectly in the image of her pushing away a bayonet at a protest in Maryland. Gloria and the power of this image fueled CaShawn to start a women-led revolution of her own, leading to the inception of the #BlackGirlMagic movement. She used digital activism and the beauty of language to celebrate Black women and Black history in a way that had never been done before. Today we raise our glass of Black Girl Magic wine as we toast to CaShawn, Gloria and all of the other women who have made their mark on the world. 

The story behind Black Girl Magic Day, is much the same as the story behind our Black Girl Magic Collection. For us, Black Girl Magic is more than a phrase. It’s a feeling. A look. A mood. A taste. We wanted to create a collection of wines that embody the feeling and the magic of Black women. The mood of this collection is that we’re here, breaking the rules and changing an industry for the better. We’re Black women who have pushed beyond all barriers to provide you with a wine that represents your culture, your story and your mood. This collection is inspired by the Black women in our family, our community, and beyond. These wines are to be enjoyed by all, but are meant to set the tone that Black women will always bring the magic to every occasion.

Today we celebrate all of the amazing Black Women that have come before us, and raise a glass to the queens of the present. Through collections like Black Girl Magic Wines by McBride Sisters, the digital movement of #BlackGirlMagic and this namesake holiday, we aim to amplify the role that Black women have played in this world and set the foundation for future black women to come. 

How should you celebrate? With a great glass of wine and maybe even a few cocktails! Grab a bottle of Black Girl Magic Riesling, call up your girls, and stir up some goodness in a glass with our official Black Girl Magic Riesling Rouge Cocktail!

BGM RIESLING ROUGE

1.5 oz Grand Marnier
3 oz McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Riesling
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
1 oz Club Soda

 

Tag us @blackgirlmagicwines and @grandmarnierusa in your cocktails pics! 

 

Remember that Black Girl Magic Day activities aren’t limited to cocktails and confetti. This day is also about taking a moment, or the whole day, to celebrate yourself too. We’ve put together some of our favorite artists, movies and inspiring women that get us in the mood to celebrate our magic!

Top 5 artists to listen to celebrate with a glass of Black Girl Magic Merlot in hand 

Beyonce - Homecoming at Coachella   
Missy Elliot - Supa Dupa Fly 
Lauren Hill - Miseducation of Lauren Hill 
Aretha Franklin - Young, Gifted and Black 
Jill Scott - Who Is Jill Scott?

 

Top 5 movies to watch to celebrate with a glass of Black Girl Magic Zinfandel in hand 

Hidden Figures 
Foxy Brown 
Waiting to Exhale 
Black Panther 
Harriet  

 

First 5 women to come to mind as you raise a glass of Black Girl Magic Sparkling Brut and #CheersToBlackGirlMagic

Katherine Johnson 
Rosa Parks 
Ursula Burns 
Kamala Harris 
Madame CJ Walker 

Thank you for reading, celebrating and supporting us. We wish you a very happy Black Girl Magic Day!

 

Xo,


 

Time Posted: Feb 15, 2021 at 7:00 AM
Robin McBride
 
February 10, 2021 | Robin McBride

Valentine's Or Galentine's?

However you're celebrating, make it special!

Happy Valentine’s/Galentines day, lovebirds! Whether you’re coupled up, flying solo, or want to celebrate your love with friends, we’re all for celebrating love in every form possible. Chances are your celebrations may look a little different this year, with social distancing and all, but that doesn’t mean what you organize will be any less fun. You can either recreate some of your favorite V-Day traditions, or have fun with new and exciting ones.

(Read on if you want to spice it up with some new ideas, we sure do!)

For those choosing to have an at-home date, the benefits are endless. No traffic to deal with, reservations to plan, or social distancing rules to abide by. At home, you can make your own rules. 

In the spirit of fuzzy feelings, friendship hugs, and self love, we’ve put together a guide to help you celebrate Galentine’s or Valentine’s Day however you choose to; with your special someone, alone, or with a group of loved ones.

Valentine’s Date Ideas

Virtual or At-Home Wine Tasting

If you were able to order in time, we are hosting Virtual Wine Tasting Event to celebrate Black Girl Magic Day on Monday, February 15. Missed out? Join our mailing list here to get exclusive emails and first chance opportunities to join us for events like this. Sign up because we’ll be hosting many more in the future, that you won’t want to miss! 

For your own virtual tasting event with friends, pick up a couple of different McBride Sisters Collection wines at a store near you and pair them with a delicious cheese board. For a party game, cover the bottles in foil and see what flavors you and your partner or group are able to pick up on from each individual wine, without revealing the bottle.

Get a Birth Chart Reading With Your Valentine’s Partner or Crew

Dabbling in astrology is always a lot of fun, especially when it comes to determining your love or friendship compatibility with those around you. You can find out how your planetary alignments affect your life, and what your sun and moon signs are. Book a reading with Wanica Dunn, an intuitive astrologer and teacher on her site, or Adama Sesay, founder of lilithastrology.com, who also offers readings via her site.

Host a Karaoke Night in Your Living Room 

Mariah, Whitney, Christina, eat your hearts out. Are you ready to belt all of the love song classics virtually with your love gang? Singing releases endorphins, creates a sense of community, and most of all, is a lot of fun! Set up a mic and download an app such as Singing Machine Karaoke, which can be downloaded on your phone and streamed via Google Chromecast. Alternatively, if you’re hosting a virtual Gal’s day, you can use Houseparty to video chat and karaoke simultaneously.

Catch the sunrise (or a sunset) with a picnic

Spending time outside in nature can reinvigorate your soul, while providing the opportunity to connect with those around you. Whether you choose to embark on an all-day hike in a national park, or opt for a shorter local hike or beach walk, your body and soul will thank you for it.

If your team are earlyrisers, plan to get up an hour before sunrise, pack a thermos of hot coffee and some sweets and watch the magic of the sun rising on a new day. For those who prefer to sleep in, you can set out in the afternoon to catch the sunset (be sure to check the closing times if you’re visiting a national park or hiking location, as they often shut before sunset) on top of a mountain or sitting on the beach. Pack a few snacks, fill your thermose with our McBride Grandiosa cocktail, our twist on the classic mimosa!

McBride Grandiosa Ingredients
1.5 oz Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
2.5 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
1.5 oz McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Sparkling Brut
 
Tag us @blackgirlmagicwines and @grandmarnierusa in your cocktails pics!
 
Plan an at-home paint night (with a sexy twist)

What can be more intimate or fun that getting creative and gifting your artwork to your beau or friends? Implement a theme, such as famous historic love stories (platonic or romantic), or love destinations around the world. For something a bit more risqué, try drawing some nude portraits of your partner and seeing how long you each can last without touching each other.  If you’re flying solo, try sketching a nude portrait of yourself while sitting with a glass of wine and looking in a mirror. This will be fun. 

Build a fort, for adults!

For the perfect feel-good Galentine’s celebration, gather up all your pals and release the imagination and wonder of your inner children. Build a blanket fort, hang fairylights and play all the nostalgic flicks from your childhood. Top this off with some childhood snacks, be it s’mores or pop tarts, you decide. Just make sure you bring the wine in!

Pamper Yourself

Nourish your soul and give yourself some TLC. We often get so busy with our lives that we forget to take a moment to love ourselves, and this is your chance to do so. Spoil yourself with a bottle of bubbly, our Black Girl Magic Sparkling Brut would be a delicious choice, light a few candles and incense, and relax to some soothing music with a face mask. We love the Oh Whale Aqua Mask by Nolaskinsentials, a Black-owned business that has developed a cult following online. If you have a bath, get those bubbles flowing and let yourself sink into the water and ease out any tension. 

Food & Drink

If you’re in the mood for hors d'oeuvres and nibbles, check out our cheese board recipe. If you’re in the mood for something pre-made, check out one of Karla Ahmed’s beautifully designed grazing boards (available to those in the Bay Area/Tri Valley area). For something more filling, check out this delightfully pink recipe for strawberry ravioli with balsamic and basil or indulge with a plate of creamy masala mussels. For dessert melt into the decadent chocolate fondants with salted caramel sauce.

Image and recipe from Delicious Magazine
 

Wine, of course!

A bottle of Black Girl Magic Rosé is the perfect pink drink to celebrate love. No matter who you're celebrating with, pour a glass of wine to match the occasion. Rosé pairs perfectly with some of our favorite foods. Pick up your favorite tacos to go, order from your favorite Italian resturant or even just make your best mac n cheese recipe. Your rosé will taste delicious with all of the above. 

Red wine is for the lovers. There's nothing more romantic than a great bottle of red wine, even if you're just enjoying it on a night of self-care with yourself. The deep berry, plum and cedar notes of the McBride Sisters Collection Red Blend is the cherry on top to a perfect night. It'll pair with your perfectly cooked steak, grilled lamb chops or even that great lasagna recipe you have. The wine to end every date night, you always want to have a bottle on hand.

If you're wanting to shop locally, find a store near you here. 

Valentine’s Day Love Spritzer Recipe

In the mood for cocktails? Looking for the perfect love-themed drink to get you in the mood? We’ve got the spritzer for you. This love spritzer is the ideal mix of light sparkling brut with fruity flavors to get you feeling pink all over!

Image via 2cookinmamas. View the full recipe here.

Ingredients 
Raspberry infused vodka or raspberry liquor
1 bottle McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic NV California Sparkling Brut
Raspberry cocktail juice (or cranberry as a substitute)
⅛ teaspoon of vanilla extract (per glass)
Fresh raspberries, for garnish
 
Instructions
Add 1 shot of raspberry juice, 1 shot of raspberry infused vodka, and the dash of vanilla extract into each champagne glass. 
Top off each glass with McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic NV California Sparkling Brut.
Add a couple of raspberries to each glass to garnish. 


Tip: if you’re looking to turn your drink into an instant dessert, change the champagne flutes to wine glasses and add a dollop of raspberry or strawberry sorbet. Yum!

And with that, we're going to get our Valentine's/Galentine's Day plans ready. This entire weekend we're celebrating Black Girl Magic is prepartion for Black Girl Magic Day on Monday, February 15th. If you were unable to join our virtual tasting event, sign up for the mailing list next time to be the first to know about events. If you want to try more wines, check out our seasonal and quarterly wine clubs here. Perfect for the wine lover who never wants to run out of wine! We hope you have a safe and lovley weekend!

Xo,

Time Posted: Feb 10, 2021 at 8:30 AM
Robin McBride
 
January 20, 2021 | Robin McBride

2021: The Year Of The Woman

46th Presidential Inauguration Day

Image from the LA Times
 

Powerful women are all around us. Today we celebrate the ones making history! It is with grace and poise that for the first time, a woman will be the Vice President of the United States. The barriers breakers of our time, Ruther Bader Ginsberg, Hillary Clinton, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Kamala Harris, Ilhan Omar and more are paving the way for the women in this country while also carrying the immense weight of hope for all of womankind. Today, we raise our glass to them. Tomorrow will be a new day for the country and throughout the next four years, we will be able to watch with hopeful eyes, how a woman shapes our nation, our policies and our livelihoods. It is their hardwork and dedication that gives so many of us women, members of the BIPOC community, and our allies; more reason to pop a bottle of Black Girl Magic Sparkling Brut today, in celebration of the 46th Presidential Inauguration. Cheers to 2021: the year of the woman.

It feels like only yesterday that Hillary Clinton opened our eyes to the possibility of having a woman in the White House, when she announced her first presidential campaign aspirations. Her strength, confidence and ambition is exactly what drove six women including Harris, to take on what may be their most important roles in government yet. With our glasses full of bubbles and our hearts full we will see the first Woman, Mixed Race Black and South Asian Vice President be sworn into office. 

Women are in such domination of 2021, that we can’t fit them all into one blog (as much as we would like to!); so we’ve compiled a list of some especially remarkable women in politics to watch in the 117th Congress, and 46th Presidential administration. 

Women to Watch

 

Image from PBS News Hour
 

In 2021, we are seeing the most women ever in the House of Representatives. See the full list of Women to Watch from Politico here. 

The roster of impressive women across Congress and the White House could go on, and on...as it should! 104 years after Jeanette Rankin became the first woman to be sworn into Congress, there are 26 women in the Senate, and 118 women in the House of Representatives. As if a historic 144 women in the Capitol aren’t reason enough for 2021 to be the year of the woman, President Biden has surrounded himself in the sound advice of over 2 dozen powerful female minds, not including our Madame Vice President Kamala Harris! Regardless of our political values, American women have come together to let the world know: #SHECAN and she will. As she has said before, she may be the first but she certainly will not be the last.

So today it feels even better to raise a glass of wine from a Black-women-owned business. A toast to women, trail blazers like Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Deb Haaland, and ourselves! With no glass-ceiling to hold us back, the sky's the limit. 

Xoxo,

 

 

Time Posted: Jan 20, 2021 at 6:00 AM
Robin McBride
 
January 9, 2021 | Robin McBride

The McBride Sisters Guide to Sauvignon Blanc

An Origin Story

A wine that represents the heritage and beauty of New Zealand, where Andréa was raised. The McBride Sisters Collection Sauvignon Blanc is an ode to one of the most breathtaking wine regions of the world, Marlborough. Located on the northeastern side of the South Island, this dry cooler climate has earned it's spot on the map by producing some of the most delicious Sauvignon Blancs. Notable of crisp acidity, gorgeous green notes and soft tropical fruits. A versatile white wine that pairs with our favorite dishes and represents a piece of the incredible story that brought Andréa into the wine world!

sauvignon blanc vine yard

The Sauvignon Blanc Grape

Sauvignon Blanc, a green-skinned grape variety, originates from the Bordeaux region of France and produces a dry, crisp white wine. In the 1880s, the first Sauvignon Blanc cuttings were brought to California, the location of McBride Sisters Collection headquarters. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the grape was first introduced to New Zealand, where the McBride Sisters Collection Sauvignon Blanc is grown and made. In 1979, Sauvignon Blanc was first commercially produced on New Zealand shores and is now the country’s most widely planted variety.

sauvignon blanc in new zealand

Besides California and New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc is also cultivated in France, Chile, Romania, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and Washington state. We love a world traveler! 

This varietal can grow in many different regions varying in climate. These temperature differences influence the wine significatnly. Cooler climates produce wine with high acidity and flavors of grass, green bell peppers, passion fruit, and floral notes. Sauvignon Blanc’s primary flavors are lime, green apple, tropical fruit and white peach. The flavor palate ranges from zippy lime to flowery peach. 

The Sauvignon Blanc grape is unique due to it's aromatic organic compounds called “pyrazines” give the wine its herbaceous flavors of bell pepper, jalapeño, gooseberry, and grass. Sauvignon Blanc’s acidity level is medium to medium-high. 

Similar varieties include: Verdejo, Albariño, Colombard, Grüner Veltliner, Verdicchio, Vermentino, Tocai Friulano, Savignan (rare), Traminer, and Sauvignon Vert (rare).

The Perfect Pairing

Sauvignon Blanc does not particularly benefit from aging, so there’s no need to wait to open a bottle. We'd suggest serving Sauvignon Blanc at “cellar temp” (about 50 to 60 degrees). When it comes to chilling white wine, there are two options. You can either leave it in the fridge for several hours, or you can put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes. If the girls are on their way, pop that bottle in the freezer and you’re good to go. 

Luckily for us, Sauvignon Blanc has a variety of foods that mutually compliment each other. 

  • Seafood lovers, this one’s for you! Sauvignon Blanc’s zing enhances the citrus and garlic-based sauces used for seafood, shellfish, and white fish. It is also one of the only wines that works well with sushi.
  • By now you know that Sauvignon Blanc has herbaceous notes. These pair well with similar green herbs like parsley, rosemary, basil, cilantro, mint, tarragon, thyme, fennel, dill, and chives. Other “non-green” spices include white pepper, coriander, turmeric, and saffron.
  • Meat lovers, unite! Perfect white meat pairings are chicken and turkey. 
  • We love a delectable cheese board. Try Sauvignon Blanc with softer, briny, and sour cheeses like goat’s milk cheese.
  • Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the veggies! Pair these vegetarian dishes with Sauvignon Blanc: asparagus quiche, cucumber dill yogurt salad, white bean casserole with zucchini, and green hummus.
  • Now that you’re a Sauvignon Blanc expert, put your knowledge to the test. Kick back with a bottle (or two) of crisp, clean Sauvignon Blanc! Visit our Wine Shop to explore our wines. 

This is more than just a wine, it's an origin story. Order a bottle of the McBride Sisters Collection Sauvignon Blanc in the store here or find our wines near you on the store locator here. If you want to taste through the Collections, check out our Wine Club to recieve hand curated wines sent directly to you quarterly.

Xoxo,

 

Time Posted: Jan 9, 2021 at 7:00 AM
Robin McBride
 
December 27, 2020 | Robin McBride

A 2021 Vision Boarding Guide

Own Your Year

We are coming to the end of what has been quite a year. At the close of 2020 we are taking in some self care and appreciation for the good things that came from this year; like our interview with NPR’s Guy Raz on “How I built this''. Thank you to everyone who listened, shared, and responded to both episodes! We’re so grateful for the love & support we’ve had on our journey; which is why we want to celebrate you, your strength, and the lessons we’ve all learned going into 2021. So as we start reflecting and manifesting the year to come with a bottle of our favorite Sparkling Brut, (or two, maybe three, ...) let us cheers to closing 2020 with style!

Our vision boards both personally and professionally act as affirmations that remind us to live our best lives, every day. Creating visual reminders of our daily mantras has helped us turn our wildest dreams and innermost desires into reality; and can help you do the same! Whether you’re a vision board goddess or a first timer, we've created a guide to help organize your goals and dreams while leading you through the creative process, every step of the way. Now it’s time to manifest your best year to date!

What You’ll Need:

Your very own McBride Sisters Vision Boarding Template - download here!

 

Step One: Center the Future with Past & Present

First off, make sure you have a full glass of wine
  • Then take some time to deeply reflect on your accomplishments, milestones and events from this past year. It’s also important to think of any areas where you see room for improvement in your life. Reflection can be done alone, but also presents a sweet opportunity to check in with friends and family at the start of the New Year.
  • Next, focus on building the future of your dreams. Start to envision your life a year from now: dream up what you hope to accomplish and any changes or steps that might be necessary to make those accomplishments happen.
    • When conceptualizing your board, think deeply about what you want to invite into your life on a daily basis. 
  • If it helps, write it all down! Think of your vision board as a kind of photo journal, that will make a habit of actually journaling your past, present and future. This will continue to help you map out your ideas and track your progress. 

Step Two: Attract Positive Energy

  • Decide on one or several related themes to set the mood for your board.
    • We like to center our content around values such as quality, creativity, gratitude, etc. (but you can also get specific: professional, health & wellness, relationships… ).
  • Find messages and symbols that you make you feel inspired, excited, and alive. You want this vision board to carry you through the entire year, so it has to be amazing.
  • Pull a mix of imagery, art work, words, and quotes from anywhere that you can cut and paste. 
    • We like to use blogs and magazines to get us started.
      • Our go tos for this year are: Essence, Forbes, Refinery29, Wine Enthusiast, Well+Good, The Every Girl, Time Magazine, Vanity Fair, and so many more!

Tip: Pinterest is a great start for inspo; in fact, the whole site is kind of like a huge, digital vision board. This is the perfect platform to keep up your vision boarding throughout the year. But for now, print out your favorite pins and focus on a physical vision board that you can hang on your wall. It’s important that you are reminded every day of your hopes, dreams and inspiration.

  • After you’ve exhausted the internet and your magazines/articles/etc., print out, cut out, and gather all of the content that you’ve collected.
  • Content can be any and everything that you want to manifest for this upcoming year: magazine cut outs, printouts from your favorite blogs, postcards you’ve collected from traveling, the business card from your favorite restaurant…

Step Three: Design the Reality of Your Dreams

Start the crafting process and pour more wine! (Check out our wine club for more!)
  • It's a great idea to share your research and goals with friends and communicating your ideas is a rewarding way to start your relationship with your vision board and your future. 
  • Take your vision board, content, glue or thumbtacks, and begin turning your dreams into an expression of your best year yet!
  • Your board can be minimal and focused or sprawling and energetic, it’s about whatever works best for you and your goals. This is your vision for 2021 and you have the full freedom to manifest it however you please.
    • Placement is where your imagination and creativity can run free. The design of the vision board is completely up to you. It can mirror the ebb and flow of your life or have no pattern at all; just be sure that it does reflect the inspiring theme(s) you chose to keep yourself motivated and on task! 

Step Four: Start Manifesting

(Did we say pour more wine yet? Crafts should never be done on an empty glass!)
  • Place or hang your vision board somewhere that you can visually access on a daily basis. Where and when, is your vision board able to best reach you? Are you a morning person that does your best thinking while getting ready in the bathroom mirror, or while warming up your coffee? Maybe you’re a night owl that does your finest work late in the gym, or at the end of the day with a tall glass of Black Girl Magic Rosé. Either/or, give your vision board a home in a place where you elevate: in the bathroom by the mirror, in the kitchen on the fridge, at the office over your desk, etc..
  • Thinking about your ambitions daily will make a habit of them. So make sure you pass by your vision board at least 3 times a day!
  • Take a deep breath (and a big sip) to get ready for a new year. Embrace an attitude of gratitude for yourself, your ambition, and the friends and family that will help build you, and your dreams for 2021.
  • You couldn’t have envisioned a brilliant future without loved ones you’d like to share it with, so double-check to make sure they’re somehow included in the messages on your board.

Now Get Ready For An Amazing New Year + Download our Vision Boarding Template Here!

We can’t stress the importance of quality time with your dreams and aspirations. Above all else, we hope this vision board inspires you to live this next year to the fullest; and to celebrate every accomplishment, moment of happiness, and hardship. We are all strong enough to get through anything, especially as a community! When we were vision boarding for 2020, we never could have anticipated the highs and lows of this year. Not even in our wildest dreams could we have imagined being supported by your strength, style, and grace through it all. You are at the center of our vision board for 2021; because we would not be where we are today without you. Your encouragement inspires us to cultivate a better world for women, and to shine an especial light on beautiful examples of Black women being loved and uplifted. Thank you for helping us grow our SHE CAN and Black Girl Magic wine collections throughout this past year. Both brands have been welcomed by an exceptional amount of excitement by this community. You have all showered these brands with so much love and enthusiasm, that the passion for these wines and the message that they serve, is the true magic of 2020.

Thank you again for one of our best years yet. It is our wish to bring quality, love, and celebration into your life for many more years to come! Cheers to the New Year!

Xo,

Time Posted: Dec 27, 2020 at 7:00 AM
Robin McBride
 
December 20, 2020 | Robin McBride

A Tale of Two Hemispheres

Holiday Celebrations Across The Northern & Southern Hemisphere

Fuzzy seasonal sweaters, hot cider by a warm fire, scarves, Christmas markets, and even snow playgrounds. Comforting festive visuals are what some of us know Christmas to be all about. For those of us who grew up in the Northern Hemisphere this warming visual may be spot on, however, for those residing in the Southern Hemisphere, a very different picture is likely to come to mind. So many of the Christmas traditions in the Northern Hemisphere revolve around the cold season, so a change in climate is sure to be reflected in the way the holidays are celebrated. 

One of the things that make the McBride Sisters Collection unique is the story of how we came together as sisters from opposite sides of the world. With Andrea growing up in New Zealand, and Robin coming from Monterey, we were connected after years of not knowing the other existed following a family event that brought us together. As a result, both hemispheres are very important to us and hold a special place in our hearts.

The holiday season is a time for celebration. No matter where in the world you are located you’re bound to have certain traditions that you follow and take part in when the holidays come around. To celebrate diversity and unity of the two hemispheres, we have put together a guide highlighting how both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres celebrate the holidays in their own unique ways.

What Do The Decorations Look Like in Different Hemispheres?

Traditionally, certain countries that experience colder climates during the holiday season, such as America and Europe, tend to decorate grand trees with lavish ornaments typically in gold, white and red colors. These colors are associated with warmth during a season when most of the Northern Hemisphere wants to be rugged up somewhere cozy, escaping the harsh winter cold. In Japan, the customary Christmas tree is adorned with handcrafted decorations such as paper lanterns and origami, with the origami swan being one of the most popular Christmas ornaments.

In a majority of countries in the Southern Hemisphere, the holiday decorations typically reflect the traditions of their Northern Hemisphere counterparts, with large Christmas trees and opulent ornaments lining the trees. This could be because of the way in which Hollywood’s perception of an American Christmas has shaped many other countries worldwide. Australia and New Zealand are two countries who follow such traditions, albeit, occasionally with a twist. In either of these countries you might find decorations that reflect the island life, such as seashells, native plants and flowers, and more. New Zealanders actually have their own version of a “Christmas tree”, the Pōhutukawa, which is a native tree that grows vibrant red bauble-like flowers during the holiday season. 

In many parts of South America it is common to find a nativity scene, or pesebre, accompanying the traditional Christmas tree, while in Mexico, piñatas decorations are filled with toys and candy to be a fun and interactive treat for the children.

Festive Meals

Every individual country does have its own unique customs and traditions, however, there are some similarities that connect each region. Meals in the Northern Hemisphere winter months are typically based around hearty, warming dishes. In the United States, a holiday spread is likely to consist of a variety of roast meats, accompanied by gravy, stuffing, and lots of delicious sides, with hot apple pies and Christmas puddings following for dessert. In parts of Europe soups and stews are traditionally served to keep the winter chills away. In Poland, a homely soup called Bigos (“Hunters Stew”) is enjoyed around Christmas, while in Slovakia they serve one of their most celebrated dishes, a cabbage stew.

Holiday dishes in the Southern Hemisphere countries typically reflect the warmer climate, however, there can still be somewhat of a British influence seen in certain holiday spreads. In Australia and New Zealand, hot summer Christmas days are celebrated with spreads of fresh local seafood, salads, and often barbeques are cooked outside, typically accompanied by fresh fruit and a dessert called pavlova. In South Africa, it is also common to celebrate the holidays with a braai (barbeque), while in Argentina they serve their own version of pigs in a blanket, called niños envueltos, which is typically stuffed with cabbage and meat.

Drinks

No matter where in the world you are, wine is a universal beverage that unites us all. At our Christmas table you’re bound to find bottles of our McBride Sisters Wine. For celebrations and holidays, we always like to have a bottle of McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic NV New Zealand Sparkling Brut readily available. Grown sustainably in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand and enjoyed by us in California, we’re merging the two hemispheres with every sip! Check out our store locator to find a bottle of these bubbles near you for last minute shopping.

Our favorite holiday wines? Reds of course. There is nothing cozier than a warm fire and a delicious bottle of red wine. This holiday season we'd recommend opening up a bottle of the McBride Sisters Collection Red Blend or trying one of our new red wine releases. The Black Girl Magic Wines Merlot will pair perfectly with your Northern Hemisphere holiday feast and the Black Girl Magic Wines Zinfandel makes a delicious mulled wine using one of the recipes here or paired with your favorite pie. Can't decide which wine? We have the perfect bundle for you, shop it here. 

Champagne and wine are festive staples in both hemispheres, with delicious wine-based recipes, such as mulled wine, being enjoyed in the colder climates. Other traditional holiday beverages served include cola de mono, a Chilean alternative to Eggnog that is served cold, while Italy’s own Eggnog alternative is the festive favorite Bombardino.

Holiday Activities 

Festive activities in the Northern Hemisphere tend to revolve around winter sports, such as ice-skating, skiing, or snowboarding, or attending traditional Christmas markets where hot beverages and artisanal items are sold. Visiting tree lighting ceremonies and Christmas lights displays are other popular activities among those looking to be dazzled by impressive festive decorations. 

Many Southern Hemisphere folk like to spend their time outside over Christmas, making the most of the hot weather and taking advantage of one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most frequented summer locations: the beach. Spending Christmas Day at the beach is a tradition for many, and you’re likely to find a majority of the popular beaches, such as Bondi Beach, packed with families, friends and tourists.

Old world style, new world finesse. Taste through our collections and new wine releases with our McBride Sisters Wine Club! Find out more here about our hand curated wine shipments, delivered to you quarterly.

 

Happy Holidays!

Xo, 

Robin & Andréa

 

Time Posted: Dec 20, 2020 at 7:00 AM
Robin McBride
 
December 4, 2020 | Robin McBride

Let The Festivities Begin: Holiday Drink Recipes

Wine is a given for the holidays, but let’s spice up this season with homemade delicious and cozy cocktails. Since this year has looked a little different, it’s time to level up your holiday drink game. You could even send the recipes you love from this list to your friends and host a holiday happy hour! 

This collection of recipes is perfect for both casual gatherings, more formal sit down dinners or a zoom party with your family.

Cheers!

Mulled Wine (with a twist!)

Featured Image: Spiced Citrus Mulled Wine from Crowded Kitchen (@crowdedkitchen) - view recipe here

 

Quentão de Vinho

Brazilian Mulled Wine

We're starting off in the Southern Hemisphere! Whether you are craving classic Mulled Wine or want to try this Quentão de Vinho, a deliciously warm and aromatic warm red wine drink from Brazil, both will make your house smell incredible and will keep you warm through the winter. The sweet and spicy beverage is traditional in its home country and can make the perfect holiday alternative to mulled wine or cider. 

What You'll Need

1 bottle of McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic 2018 California Zinfandel

2 small red apples

1 orange, skin peeled

1 cup of brown sugar

6 cinnamon sticks

¾ cup of diced ginger root 

2 cups of water

12 whole cloves

250ml cachaça (sugar cane brandy)

Two limes sliced thinly

Garnish: orange peel, sliced apples, cinnamon

 

Recipe

 

1. Cut the apples into slices.

2. Combine the cloves, cinnamon sticks and the cup of sugar into a saucepan that is heated over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the ingredients are caramelized.

3. Add the wine, water, cachaça, sliced apple, ginger and orange peel and heat until the mixture is simmering.

4. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes until the mixture is strong and fragrant.

5. Strain the mixture into serving mugs.

6. Garnish with sliced apples, cinnamon and orange peel.


Holiday Wine Spritzer

Featured image: Rudolph's Tipsy Spritzer (@tidymom) - view recipe here
 

Spritz up your night with everyone’s favorite holiday fruit, cranberries. The honey, apricot and floral tones of the Riesling will pair well with this bitter fruit, while the ginger ale will top it off with a kick. 

 

What You'll Need

 

3 cans of the She Can Coastal Berry Dry Rosé Spritzer 

3 cups of cranberry juice

3 cups of ginger ale 

1 cup of fresh cranberries (or another festive berry if cranberries aren’t available)

1 lime

Sugar for rim

Garnish: rosemary sprigs

 

Recipe

 

1. In a large jug combine the bottle Riesling and cranberry juice until well mixed. 

2. Rub lime around the rims of 4-8 glasses and dip into a plate with sugar to decorate the rims.

3. Pour into the sugar-rimmed glasses and top with ginger ale, cranberries and rosemary sprigs to decorate.


Christmas Sangria 

Featured image: Sparkling Holiday Sangria from Lulus (@lulus) - view recipe here
 

This is the perfect festive, easy-to-make beverage that will be sure to delight your guests and add a holiday aesthetic to the drinks table. This delicious sangria can also be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge until you are ready to serve to your guests. 

What You'll Need

 

1 bottle of McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic NV New Zealand Sparkling Brut

1 bottle of McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic Merlot

¼ cup brandy or apple brandy

½ cup sparkling apple cider

¼ cup sugar

¼ cup of halved cranberries

¼ cup of whole cranberries

1 large Granny Smith apple, chopped

Garnish: rosemary sprigs, cinnamon sticks or orange slices

 

Recipe

 

1. Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir well until sugar dissolves.

2. Make sure to refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. 

3. Serve chilled and garnish with rosemary sprigs, cinnamon stick or orange slices. 


Festive Cinnamon Pear and Apple Mimosa

Featured image: Apple Cider Mimosas from Good Morning America - view recipe here
 

A twist on the classic mimosa, this cinnamon pear and apple mix will bring your winter tastebuds to life. A beverage that could be just as well consumed in front of a roaring fire as it could be at a backyard picnic, the pear and candied lemon of our McBride Sisters Sparkling Brut perfectly complement the core ingredients of this festive refreshment. 

What You'll Need

 

1 bottle of McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic NV New Zealand Sparkling Brut

¼ cup cinnamon whiskey of your choice

¾ cups apple cider

¼ cup pear juice

One ripe pear cored and sliced

Cinnamon sticks

Garnish: thyme or sage sprigs 

 

Recipe

 

1. Combine sparkling brut, apple cider and pear juice in a pitcher, then stir in the cinnamon whisky.

2. Add sliced pear and apples and leave in the fridge for half an hour to let the flavors develop.

3. Garnish with apple slices, cinnamon sticks and thyme or sage sprigs.


Pomegranate Rosé Holiday Margarita

Featured Image: Pomegranate Margarita from Create Yum - view recipe here
 

Another twist on a classic, this pomegranate Rosé margarita will appeal to both tequila aficionados and Rosé lovers alike. The aromas of orange blossom and raspberry from our McBride Sisters Rosé will pair with the floral pomegranate notes to provide an exciting sensory experience. Once you try this twist, there will be no turning back!

What You'll Need

 

½ cup of McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic 2019 California Rosé 

¼ cup of agave silver tequila 

3 teaspoons of agave syrup

One lime, half squeezed

One cup of pomegranate seeds

Ice cubes

Salt

Garnish: mint, lime wheel and pomegranate seeds

 

Recipe

 

1. Place the tequila, lime juice, agave, pomegranate and Rosé all together in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. 

2. Shake well for about 15-20 seconds so that all ingredients are well-combined.

3. Rub the other half of the lime around the glasses and dip into a plate filled with salt to create the salt rim.

4. Fill the glasses with ice and strain the pomegranate Rosé margarita.

5. Garnish with a lime wheel, mint and additional pomegranate seeds. 

Enjoying the same recipe and wine brings more fun to a Zoom party. Check out our wine club to share your favorite. Make a toast and cheers with your beloved ones.
Time Posted: Dec 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM
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