McBride Sisters Truvee Red Blend Finds Its Way to My Rainy Patio

The holiday weekend brought sunny wanderings through Des Moines, a raindrop-scattered wedding, and a soggy patio.

We retreated inside to the porch, just before it started raining in earnest, and opened a bottle of wine to chase away the dampness. The McBride Sisters Truvee Red Blend was a new wine on my store’s shelf that I had carried home.

The cheery story of the McBride Sisters, raised 7000 miles apart, neither knowing the whereabouts of the other, and their eventual reunion and wine partnership, was enough to chase away the gloom of the low-hanging, rain-filled clouds.

Truvee comes from the French verb “to find” and defines the sisters’ journey of finding each other and creating wine together.

For their Red Blend, the sisters blend fruit from Monterey and Paso Robles, using Grenache, Syrah, Merlot and Zinfandel with the use of some French and American Oak.  They use sustainable practices in their vineyards and only minimal oak to allow the fruit to shine.  Their goal was to produce a wine with enough complexity for experienced wine drinkers to appreciate, yet a fruit-driven welcoming palate to appeal to the casual wine drinker.

The color suggests drinkability with a light garnet color.  Aromas are pleasant with black cherry and vanilla, some spice and dusty earth.

The front palate is light, soft and welcoming, full of sweet, bright red cherry and plum.  The mid-palate continues with soft black cherry and a nice dash of spicy pepper.  It evolves a bit of tannin and dusty cocoa for a clean finish.

Pairing this with salty olives really brought out the cherry fruit of the wine.  A plate of cheeses was an easy partner as well due to the wine’s medium body and comfortable acidity.

My spring flowers radiated color in the damp conditions, while we happily sipped our wine and nibbled on cheese in the comfort of our cozy porch.

Chasing away cloudy gloom;
Savoring with a plate of cheese;
Wine drinkers who prefer a fruit-driven palate with approachable complexity.

About the author: Sue Navratil

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