On Tuesday, December 15, Truvée Wines teamed up with Cinema Society to host a star-studded gathering at New York City’s Mr. Purple rooftop lounge at the Indigo Hotel. Cinematic luminaries Martin Scorsese, Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson, among others, gathered at the hot spot to sip wine and celebrate the buzzed-about Learning To Drive, a film about a New York author in a disintegrating marriage, played by Patricia Clarkson, and her unlikely friendship with her Sikh driving instructor, played by Sir Ben Kingsley. The movie made waves at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.
Truvée, too, has been making a splash of its own in the wine world since being founded by sisters Robin and Andréa McBride in 2010 [pictured right]. The first two labels—a 2013 vintage Grenache/Syrah blend and lightly oaked 2013 Chardonnay—gained recognition when they debuted earlier this year, as did the McBride sisters themselves because of their unique story.
Separated their entire lives by an ocean and two continents (Robin grew up in Monterey, California, and Andréa in Marlborough, New Zealand), the half sisters were united for the first time in 1999 at the dying wish of their father. Shortly after meeting, they learned of their shared interest in wine and winemaking culture, and decided to launch a business together based on their mutual passion for the craft. They founded McBride Sisters Wines.
Whether intentional or not, both the film’s characters and the McBride sisters make for successful, if unlikely, pairings.