A Tale of Two Sauvignon Blancs

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Wine Review – Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc and Domaine Trotereau Quincy

Saturday afternoon Peter visited our neighborhood wine shop to find a nice wine to go with the dinner he was preparing for our company – Giada’s Ginger Sea Bass Over Wilted Greens with quinoa and a mango salsa salad.

ginger sea bass

Yes, I’m a very lucky girl.

After much discussion with the wine shop owner, Peter came home with not one but two bottles of Sauvignon Blanc. One from France and one from New Zealand.

The first was a bottle of 2012 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. One of the sunniest and driest regions of New Zealand, Marlborough takes advantage of the long growing season to produce Sauvignon Blanc with powerful fruit flavor.


At about $16 per bottle, the 2012 Spy Valley is a great example of a classic Sauvignon Blanc taste. It has strong notes of passionfruit and other tropical fruits with a hint of citrus.  It is crisp on the palate and (stick with me here as I use some technical jargon) is a kick-ass wine for the price.

The second wine was a 2011 Domaine Trotereau Quincy White Wine. Quincy is a village in the eastern Loire area of France.  Quincy only produces Sauvignon Blanc and is the second oldest appellation in France.

(The wine nerds among you will know the answer to the trivia question, “Who was first?”.  It was Chateauneuf-du-Pape)


This wine, also $16 per bottle, gives off an aroma of honeysuckle and peach and has flavors of honey, a bit of minerality and a hint of lemon. In my opinion it drinks much more like a Viognier than a Sauvignon Blanc. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Sauvignon Blanc- its crispness and the citrus-y notes – but it sometimes fights with food even if the pairing makes sense on paper. This French version seems smoother so, while it has the elements of what I would call a classic Sauvignon Blanc, it feels well balanced and I can imagine it pairing well with a wider variety of dishes.

The Domaine Trotereau, grown in a cooler climate, has a higher acidity with less fruit and more minerality and that’s why it pairs so well with food.

(Note to self: continue to pay attention when Peter is analyzing wines I want to review so I can “borrow” his words and sound like I know what I’m talking about.)

The morale of this “Tale of Two Sauvignon Blancs”: We enjoyed comparing the wines from such different parts of the world. Although very different, both were a big hit.

By the way, this is not a sponsored post. Just me telling you about the wine we enjoyed this weekend.


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  1. Great pictures, Mo! My husband only drinks reds, and I prefer whites, so I love reading recommendations for white wines ~ I’ll have to check these out. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sarah, I prefer red wine myself so Peter is always on a quest to find white wines I will like. He succeeded this time for sure!!

  2. I really need to try these wines because I am a huge CA snob. I have always disliked (but maybe have not had the right wines) international wine. I really need to branch out and find some that I like. These sound like perfect ones to taste!

    • I also judge most wines by comparing them to my favorite California wines. My husband is trying to expand his wine knowledge so he is forcing us out of our comfort zone – a good thing I guess. These are a couple of good, reasonable wines to dip your toe in the international wine scene.

  3. The wine AND the food both sound really yummy! :)-Ashley

  4. My Mister does the cooking too! We are VERY lucky ladies! I really enjoy your wine reviews. I made a note to try this one. Hope you’re having a great week!

  5. Sauvignon Blanc is generally my go-to wine. Crisp and fruity and refreshing (does it make you an alcoholic if you find wine refreshing? lol) My favorites usually come from the Sancerre region of France, however, they aren’t always the easiest to find in stores, so our weekend bottles of wine usually come from Marlborough, New Zealand. Although this week, I bought a bottle of Clois du Bois, which is from California, so we’ll have to see how that stacks up. It was on sale for several dollars off, so I figured why not? Really enjoyed your post! Visitng from the SITS Sharefest!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Mandi! Sauvignon Blanc is definitely my favorite white wine especially in the summertime. I also find it refreshing which I take as a sign of appreciation not alcoholism! Hope your Clois du Bois measures up. It’s good to have some back-up favorites to go to if needed!

  6. Thank you!! Will try to find both. Opened a bottle last night that someone had brought and though it said made in NZ, it had one of those cutesy It’s Summertime!!!labels and it was awful. And it was Fri night and I wasn’t feeling too fussy. But I gave up. These look great!

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