Sauvignon Blanc Wine Tasting

Last week I hosted the Supper Club girls for a white wine tasting! But not just any white wine — Sauvignon Blanc wine! And not just any Sauvignon Blanc wine — Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wine! There are several of us who are really big fans of this specific variety of Sauvignon Blanc and always bring our favorite bottle to Supper Club. So I was thinking…what if I served everyone’s favorite Sauvignon Blanc (and a few nicer bottles) blindly and we compared them all together!?!

From left to right, the line up included our favorite bottles at each price point ranging from $8-35!

The Wines

  1. Picton Bay ($8) — Trader Joes exclusive
  2. Kiaora ($9) — Total Wine exclusive
  3. Starborough ($12)
  4. Kim Crawford ($14)
  5. Whitehaven ($18)
  6. Cloudy Bay ($35)

For snacks, I kept it super easy and served a mini cheese plate with crackers and dried fruit, candied pecans, chocolate peanut butter covered pretzels and my favorite buffalo chicken dip from Publix. See? Easy! Each girl brought an app too so we had tons of delicious food to snack on. My absolute favorite app ever is Sara’s Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta — it is unbelievable.

It was so dang awesome to have all of our ladies (minus one) together. Lisa even came all the way from Winston! On to the tasting! I wanted to experience the tasting blind too so Matt offered to be our sommelier and poured all of our wine for us and wrote down all the answers to reveal to us at the end. I created a tasting card for the girls (download my printable I created in canva here) to fill out as we tried each wine. It was SO fun to hear everyone guessing which wines were which along the way. We were all so extremely confident and in agreement over two of the wines — our favorite and our least favorite, which obviously meant our favorite was the most expensive…or was it?

The Final Results

  1. Kiaora ($9) — Total Wine exclusive
  2. Whitehaven ($18)
  3. Kim Crawford ($14)
  4. Picton Bay ($8) — Trader Joes exclusive
  5. Starborough ($12)
  6. Cloudy Bay ($35)
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11 Comments

  1. Mary
    April 24, 2019 / 6:22 am

    This looks like so much fun! I love that the most expensive wine came in last. I think it’s time for Sara to do another guest post about clothes. Love her dress.

    • Allie Divine
      April 24, 2019 / 2:02 pm

      I agree- would love to see a guest post! Love her dress! Can you please ask her where it is from?

      • Christina
        Author
        April 25, 2019 / 10:50 am

        On it! Sara’s dress is from Loft!

    • Christina
      Author
      April 25, 2019 / 7:03 am

      It was such a fun night! And Sara says YES to another guest post! 🙂

  2. AL
    April 24, 2019 / 7:49 am

    Love this! Sauvignon Blanc is my favorite wine too – if you want to truly blow your mind, I recommend the Santiago Station (from Chile) from Total Wine – only $4.99! Yes, FOUR NINETY NINE! It’s not my absolute favorite but it’s pretty dang good, especially for the price.

    • Christina
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      April 25, 2019 / 7:03 am

      I’m going to have to add this to my next Total wine run!!!

  3. Tatiana
    April 24, 2019 / 8:58 am

    Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs are my favorite for summer as well! My go-to/”house” Sauv Blanc is Oyster Bay…it’s in the same price range as the Starborough, about $12. If you enjoy Sauvignon Blancs, you might also try an Albariño from Spain–or for an Albariño taste + a little fizz, a Vinho Verde from Portugal. Very summery and refreshing, and affordable too!

    A perfect, 20-minute recipe to go with either Albariño or Vinho Verde is Giada’s Pinot Grigio and Seafood Spaghetti. It’s infinitely adaptable…I usually sub Albariño for the Pinot Grigio called for (just my personal preference) and instead of getting 2 pounds of clams in-shell, use a pint of good quality frozen chopped clams + a dozen in-shell clams just to have a few per plate for garnish. If you don’t care for clams, you can substitute mussels, squid, octopus, scallops, a salmon filet cut into chunks, or just use 2 lbs shrimp! If you don’t care for sun-dried tomatoes, use fresh grape or Campari tomatoes. If you don’t like arugula, you can substitute fresh spinach or kale. You can spark it up at the table with lemon zest, lemon juice, crushed red pepper, or a good shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano. Really the only things you need to go with are a simple green salad (the Earthbound Farms Organic Herb Blend + Tessemae’s Lemon Garlic dressing is *perfect* with this dish) and more wine!
    https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/spaghetti-with-pinot-grigio-and-seafood-recipe-1947105

    • Christina
      Author
      April 25, 2019 / 7:03 am

      Love this so much! Thank you for sharing!

  4. April 24, 2019 / 1:31 pm

    LOVE this idea for a cute ladies night! Totally using those tasting note cards! (sidenote: I always buy the Starborough or Oyster Bay but now I’m curious to try others!)

  5. Lesley
    April 24, 2019 / 7:47 pm

    I love this! I’m a Marlborough NZ Sauv Blanc girl too. My current fav is Matua.

    • Christina
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      April 25, 2019 / 7:11 am

      I love matua!!!!!!!

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