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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Name That Wine Feature

The other day I was at an all day meeting which kicked off with some ice-breaker activities. Yay…

For one of the exercises we were to draw an image on a piece of paper that described one of our interests and everyone else would try to guess. The twist was that we had to hold the paper up in front of our foreheads and draw blindly.  With a sharpie.  Nope, can’t see anything that could go wrong there.  I’ve always wanted a permanent marker mole on my forehead.

Any-who, this is the picture I drew:

wine drawing

Before I even finished my (if I do say so myself) pretty decent blind drawing of a wine bottle, someone screamed out, “YOU LIKE TO DRINK!”  Well, um, ok…. I might phase it a bit more elegantly like, “I appreciate fine wine.”  But you say po-TAY-to and I say po-TOT-to.  Either way, she had me pegged. I like to drink…wine.

So, I’ve decided to start what I hope and expect to be a weekly feature about wine.  I will make recommendations, talk about wine tasting, wine pairing, and other wine related “stuff”.

But I need a name for this thing.  I’m looking for something clever and not vomitously cute, ok? I’m thinking this feature will publish on Mondays so maybe that should be in the name.  Or not… but probably the word “wine” should be.

I will put my thinking cap on but I would appreciate it if you guys could make some suggestions. (And a note to my dear son, whose only apparent flaw is his dislike of wine, no, I will not call this The Spoiled Grape Juice Review.)

Girls trip to Napa 069

Please and thank you.

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