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Seared Mahi Mahi with lemon-white wine parsley cream sauce & 2021 Totara Sauvignon Blanc

Updated: Sep 7, 2022

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Not too long ago, I wrote and posted a recipe that was paired with a fantastic Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. I absolutely loved the wine so much that I had to create another pairing.

The plethora of flavors from the Totara wine delicately accentuates the nuances of cream based sauce for fish. Certainly a paring to remember (and repeat).

Let‘s get cooking!

Menu: Pan-seared Mahi Mahi with lemon-white wine parsley cream sauce and sautéed vegetable medley.

Wine pairing: 2021 Totara - Endeavor Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

(Marlborough, New Zealand)

Serves 2


  • 2 Mahi Mahi fillets (about 1/2 pound each)

  • Ground sage

  • Ground coriander

  • Sea Salt and pepper

  • 3 tablespoons of extra Virgin olive oil

  • Juice of one lemon

  • 1/3 cup white wine

  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons of butter

  • 1 package of Vegetable medley (carrots, broccolini, haricots verts)

  • 1 garlic clove finely minced



  • Season each Mahi filets with sea salt, cracked pepper, ground coriander and ground sage on both sides.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on large frying pan or skillet on medium high heat. Carefully place the Mahi fillets in the pan and sear each side for about 3-4 minutes. Remove filets from pan and set aside.

  • In the same pan, add butter, wine and lemon juice, melting and mixing for about one minute.

  • Add cream and stir well for two minutes. Carefully add Mahi filets back to the pan and simmer with sauce for an additional 2-3 minutes. Remove pan from heat.


  • Prepare vegggies per package instructions.

  • In a large frying pan or skillet heat up 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium high heat. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes.

  • Add precooked veggies and toss with garlic for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Serve it up!

On individual plates, place a piece of Mahi filet in the center of the dish. Carefully are small portion of the vegetable medley next to filet. Spoon the cream sauce on top and around the filet.

Bon appetit!

(Photo: Carlos Sarmiento)

(Photo: Carlos Sarmiento)

(Photo: Carlos Sarmiento)

About the wine…

Totara is a joint-venture between Opici Wines and Endeavour Vineyards of Marlborough, New Zealand. Our two companies came together in order to create award-winning wines with unsurpassed quality, packaging, and value exclusively for the US market.

In New Zealand, the Totara tree is a celebrated and revered part of the country’s history. Indigenous Maori tribes would use the giant trees to build dwellings, boats, tools, and weapons. A Totara tree can grow to over 100 feet, and live for 1,000 years.

Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc are fickle varietals that demand the utmost attention, both in the vineyard and at the winery to bring their true potential to light. They are also incredibly honest grapes, telling the story of their own unique places of origin like no other. This was the idea behind Totara, showcasing classic Marlborough varietals like no one before with a style that is unmistakably New Zealand.

Alan Peters-Oswald, formerly at Cloudy Bay Vineyards, was commissioned as winemaker to lend his unique knowledge of local terroir and climate. Using modern winemaking techniques and equipment, Alan is able to capture the essence of New Zealand purity while crafting flavorful, concentrated wines that appeal to all consumers.

2021 Totara - Endeavor Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

(Marlborough, New Zealand)

(Photo: Carlos Sarmiento)

(Photo: Carlos Sarmiento)

Tasting notes:

Bright yellow in the glass, with hints of green at the core. This wine is punchy and aromatic on the nose showing notes of lemon, passion fruit and honeydew melon.

Refreshingly lively on the palate, you will discover a core of rich citrus, stone fruit and a mouth-watering minerality.

Drinks wonderfully for 2-3 years from vintage.


100% Sauvignon Blanc

Food pairing: Pairs with all seafood dishes, salads, goat cheese, and spicy Thai or Indian Food.

Thank you to Opici Wines & Spirits for providing this fantastically aromatic wine from New Zealand.

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