Stepsisters Andréa and Robin McBride both grew up in wine regions thousands of miles apart, and when they met for the first time after their father’s passing in 1999, they realized they shared a love for wine. At the time, they were 16 and 25 years old. Andréa grew up in New Zealand and Robin in California, but it wasn’t until Andréa moved to California for college a few years after their meeting that they truly bonded over their mutual interest.
In 2010, they launched eco.love, a line of New Zealand imports including pinot noir, riesling, and sauvignon blanc, and in 2015, founded Truvée, a Central Coast winery offering chardonnay and a red blend (grenache and syrah).
They are the first African-American sisters to start a winery, which makes their story particularly compelling. They work closely with winemaker Monica Belavic and vineyard director Stasi Seay to produce the Truvée wines.
Truvée wines are available at several Orange County bars and restaurants including The Observatory and Proof Bar in Santa Ana, The Lizzie Saloon in Costa Mesa, Quattro Café in Costa Mesa, Haven Gastropub in Orange, and Original Mike’s in Santa Ana.