Unaware of each other's existence, two sisters grow up worlds apart in New Zealand and California. Their father's final wish is that his daughters meet. The sisters meet for the first time at the ages of 16 and 25. Not only do they share the bond of sisterhood but discover that they were both raised among the vineyards and decide to embark on a journey together as winemakers. This may sound like the plot of a Hollywood tearjerker but it is the real story of the McBride sisters, Robin & Andréa. The sisters met for the first time in 1999 and their shared passion for wine motivated them to launch Truveé wines. Their first vintage was in 2013.
The name Truvée derives from the French verb 'to find'. Not only is the name inspired by the sisters finding each other but by their commitment to sourcing the best grapes from the Central Coast of California to create their wines. In addition to the McBride sisters, the Truvée team includes chief winemaker Monica Belavic and vineyard director Stasi Seay - making it an all-around sisterhood!
When I first heard about Truvée, I was amazed by the McBride sisters' moving story and couldn't wait to give the wines a swirl. I was very impressed by the quality of Truvée Chardonnay 2014 and their Red Blend 2013. Both the novice and serious wine drinker will find Truvée balanced, elegant, and fruit-forward. Priced at $15.99 each, Truvée wines are very affordable and deliver a very pleasant tasting experience.
I found the Truvée Red Blend 2013 ($15.99) especially impressive. An elegant blend of Grenache, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Merlot, the wine is both pretty and robust. I shared this bottle with a friend and after each sip we repeatedly looked at each other and said, "Wow, this is really good." Velvety and smooth, Truvée Red Blend has bold flavors of blackberry, plum, dark cherries, and a hint of spice. This wine just begs to be paired with steak, lamb chops, barbecue, or even a juicy burger. If you're looking for a holiday gift for a wine lover, Truvée Red Blend is one that won't disappoint. Just be sure to get one for yourself too!
Truvée Chardonnay ($15.99) spends just enough time in neutral oak to enhance the flavor of the fruit but not overwhelm it. Mostly Chardonnay (97%) with a kiss of Chenin Blanc (3%), this medium-bodied sip is crisp & refreshing with lively flavors of peach, apple, and honeysuckle with a subtle touch of toasted brioche and vanilla. It is a good match with herb roasted chicken or spicier cuisine.
Visit the Truvée website to learn more about their wines and the fascinating story of the McBride sisters.
all images courtesy of Truvée.