Whether you're slowly coming out of quarantine for socially-distanced summer hangs or are sticking to daily happy hours via Zoom (you know, so you and your friends can drunk-dial your representatives), chances are wine is still very much on the menu. And if you've been sticking to the same ol' label of vino, now's the perfect time to expand your palate - and support some Black Girl Magic while you're at it.
The McBride Sisters Winery has been changing the face of the overwhelmingly male - and white - winemaking industry for years, and their backstory is just as incredible as their product. After growing up on two separate continents (both in regions famous for their vineyards), Robin and Andréa McBride connected in 1999 when they first learned that the other existed. When they met, they discovered that they had each independently developed a passion for wine and partnered to establish a company that valued sustainability, empowerment, community, and, of course, great-tasting vino.
View this post on InstagramToday is #NationalSisterDay. Taking time to be thankful for having each other. #love #sisters #wine
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Today, McBride Sisters Wine includes Chardonnay and Red Blends from Robin's home state of California, as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Brut Rosé from Andréa's native New Zealand. But we're all about their Black Girl Magic collection. "Black Girl Magic is more than a phrase. It’s a feeling. A look. A mood. A taste. Our Black Girl Magic collection is an ode to our culture and story, inspired by the magic and resilience of Black women, to be enjoyed by all. These are premium wines that respect her palate and showcase the flavors of the finest single vineyards in California. These are wines that SLAY," says Robin and Andréa.
In the spirit of giving back and lifting up, the sisters have also launched SHE CAN wines in a can. In addition to being environmentally sustainable, they help support the McBrides' SHE CAN professional development fund, which awards tens of thousands of dollars of scholarship money to promote the advancement of women in the wine business. We can think of nothing more deserving of a toast.
[Photo via @blackgirlmagicwines]