Starborough Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A decent grocery store Sauvignon Blanc.

Producer/Winery: E & J Gallo Winery; Starborough Vineyards; Healdsburg, California.

Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc

Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Marlborough; South Island, New Zealand.

Vintage: 2020

Price: $8.24 (with a 25% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: Harris Teeter Grocery Store; Kernersville, North Carolina.

Paired With: Roast chicken, mac & cheese and peas.


    Note: Every now and again, when we find a good sale, we purchase wine from the grocery store. This is one of those sale-price “pig in a poke” grocery store wines. Generally we try to get non-domestic brands simply because we have been disappointed so frequently with sweet, poor quality wines…especially the reds. However, occasionally we get lucky and discover a real winner…a wine with excellent quality that’s sold at a very low price.

    Chilled before drinking. Almost colorless with just a pale green tint and a very slight effervescence attached to the side of the glass. Strong gooseberry and grapefruit aromas. Smooth with a saline mouthfeel, medium body and a 150-grit texture. Potent mineral, gooseberry and grapefruit flavors. Nice bright acidity, but not overwhelming and a long finish that carries the same three dominating flavors on and on. No question this was a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc…it’s filled with gooseberry tastes. This New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc was “Not Bad” with our humble week night supper; however, we didn’t try the Starborough Cucumber Fizz (see the Starborough web site for the Recipe or the Starborough Paloma, so maybe we underrated it. Straight out of the bottle we called it a decent grocery store Sauvignon Blanc.

The Starborough Cucumber Fizz, recommended by the vineyard
Photo from Starborough Vineyards.
Comments: Learn more about Starborough and their wines.

See our reviews of other E & J Gallo wines.

Alcohol Content: 12.5%

Closure: screw cap.

UPC Code: 0 85000 01660 2

Imported by: Starborough Vineyards (E & J Gallo); Healdsburg, California.